Niall Quinn

Date of birth06 October 1966
Place of birthDublin
NationalityIrish
Weight78 kg
Height1.93 m
PositionForward

Having followed him in the illustrious list of Arsenal No. 9s, Niall became the Republic of Ireland's all-time record goalscorer when he passed Frank Stapleton's tally of 20 October 2001.

After playing midfield for Dublin in the 1983 All-Ireland Minor Hurling final, Niall made his Football League debut for Arsenal in 1985 and his tremendous strength and aerial ability has made him the focal point of his team's attacks. Maintaining a good scoring record throughout his career, he moved to Manchester City in 1990 for £800,000. The big man became a great favourite at Maine Road and is now hero-worshipped on Wearside following his £1.3million move to Sunderland when he rejoined his former City boss Peter Reid in 1996.

The years of honest endeavour now mean he is regularly troubled by a back injury. What can not be doubted is his generosity. In May 2002, a crowd of 35,702 attended his testimonial match between Sunderland and the Republic. Niall donated all the proceeds - believed to be around £1million - to children's charities.

Niall returned to Sunderland as chairman and manager in July 2006.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Arsenal 30 Nov 1983 21 Mar 1990
Manchester City 21 Mar 1990 17 Aug 1996
Sunderland 17 Aug 1996 30 Jun 2003

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1985-86 Arsenal FA Cup 2
1
1985-86 Arsenal League Cup 2
1985-86 Arsenal League Division One 10
2
1
1986-87 Arsenal FA Cup 4
1
1986-87 Arsenal League Cup 9
3
1986-87 Arsenal League Division One 35
8
1987-88 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1
1987-88 Arsenal League Cup 1
2
1987-88 Arsenal League Division One 6
5
2
1988-89 Arsenal League Division One 2
1
1
1989-90 Arsenal FA Charity Shield
1
1989-90 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1
1989-90 Arsenal League Cup 2
1
1989-90 Arsenal League Division One 6
2
1992-93 Manchester City FA Cup 5
1
1992-93 Manchester City League Cup 3
1992-93 Manchester City Premier League 39
8
2
1
1993-94 Manchester City Premier League 14
1
5
1994-95 Manchester City League Cup 2
1994-95 Manchester City Premier League 24
11
8
4
1995-96 Manchester City League Cup 3
1
1995-96 Manchester City Premier League 24
8
8
4
1996-97 Sunderland League Cup 1
1
1996-97 Sunderland Premier League 8
4
2
2
1998-99 Sunderland FA Cup 1
1998-99 Sunderland League Cup 4
1
3
1999-00 Sunderland FA Cup 1
1999-00 Sunderland Premier League 35
2
14
6
2000-01 Sunderland FA Cup 2
1
1
2000-01 Sunderland Premier League 32
2
7
5
2001-02 Sunderland FA Cup 1
2001-02 Sunderland Premier League 24
14
6
3
2002-03 Sunderland Premier League
8


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Dec 1985 Arsenal v Liverpool W 2-0 League Division One
21 Dec 1985 Manchester United v Arsenal W 0-1 League Division One
28 Dec 1985 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers W 3-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1986 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur D 0-0 League Division One
04 Jan 1986 Grimsby Town v Arsenal W 3-4 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Jan 1986 Leicester City v Arsenal D 2-2 League Division One
22 Jan 1986 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 1-1 League Cup Quarter-final
25 Jan 1986 Arsenal v Rotherham United W 5-1 FA Cup 4th round
01 Feb 1986 Arsenal v Luton Town W 2-1 League Division One
04 Feb 1986 Arsenal v Aston Villa L 1-2 League Cup Quarter-final replay
05 Mar 1986 Luton Town v Arsenal L 3-0 FA Cup 5th round 2nd replay
29 Mar 1986 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 1-0 League Division One
05 Apr 1986 Manchester City v Arsenal W 0-1 League Division One
08 Apr 1986 Arsenal v Nottingham Forest D 1-1 League Division One
12 Apr 1986 Arsenal v Everton L 0-1 League Division One
26 Apr 1986 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion D 2-2 League Division One
29 Apr 1986 Arsenal v Chelsea W 2-0 League Division One
23 Aug 1986 Arsenal v Manchester United W 1-0 League Division One
26 Aug 1986 Coventry City v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
30 Aug 1986 Liverpool v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
02 Sep 1986 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-0 League Division One
06 Sep 1986 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur D 0-0 League Division One
13 Sep 1986 Luton Town v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
20 Sep 1986 Arsenal v Oxford United D 0-0 League Division One
23 Sep 1986 Arsenal v Huddersfield Town W 2-0 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
27 Sep 1986 Nottingham Forest v Arsenal L 1-0 League Division One
04 Oct 1986 Everton v Arsenal W 0-1 League Division One
07 Oct 1986 Huddersfield Town v Arsenal D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
11 Oct 1986 Arsenal v Watford W 3-1 League Division One
18 Oct 1986 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
25 Oct 1986 Arsenal v Chelsea W 3-1 League Division One
28 Oct 1986 Arsenal v Manchester City W 3-1 League Cup 3rd round
01 Nov 1986 Charlton Athletic v Arsenal W 0-2 League Division One
08 Nov 1986 Arsenal v West Ham United D 0-0 League Division One
15 Nov 1986 Southampton v Arsenal W 0-4 League Division One
18 Nov 1986 Arsenal v Charlton Athletic W 2-0 League Cup 4th round
22 Nov 1986 Arsenal v Manchester City W 3-0 League Division One
29 Nov 1986 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 0-4 League Division One
06 Dec 1986 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers W 3-1 League Division One
13 Dec 1986 Norwich City v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
20 Dec 1986 Arsenal v Luton Town W 3-0 League Division One
26 Dec 1986 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
27 Dec 1986 Arsenal v Southampton W 1-0 League Division One
01 Jan 1987 Arsenal v Wimbledon W 3-1 League Division One
04 Jan 1987 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
10 Jan 1987 Reading v Arsenal W 1-3 FA Cup 3rd round
18 Jan 1987 Arsenal v Coventry City D 0-0 League Division One
21 Jan 1987 Arsenal v Nottingham Forest W 2-0 League Cup Quarter-final
24 Jan 1987 Manchester United v Arsenal L 2-0 League Division One
31 Jan 1987 Arsenal v Plymouth Argyle W 6-1 FA Cup 4th round
08 Feb 1987 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-1 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
14 Feb 1987 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
21 Feb 1987 Arsenal v Barnsley W 2-0 FA Cup 5th round
25 Feb 1987 Oxford United v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
01 Mar 1987 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 1-2
Agg: 2-2
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
04 Mar 1987 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal W 1-2 League Cup Semi-final replay
07 Mar 1987 Chelsea v Arsenal L 1-0 League Division One
10 Mar 1987 Arsenal v Liverpool L 0-1 League Division One
14 Mar 1987 Arsenal v Watford L 1-3 FA Cup Quarter-final
17 Mar 1987 Arsenal v Nottingham Forest D 0-0 League Division One
21 Mar 1987 Watford v Arsenal L 2-0 League Division One
28 Mar 1987 Arsenal v Everton L 0-1 League Division One
05 Apr 1987 Arsenal v Liverpool W 2-1 League Cup Final
11 Apr 1987 Arsenal v Charlton Athletic W 2-1 League Division One
02 May 1987 Arsenal v Aston Villa W 2-1 League Division One
23 Sep 1987 Doncaster Rovers v Arsenal W 0-3 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
21 Nov 1987 Arsenal v Southampton L 0-1 League Division One
26 Dec 1987 Arsenal v Nottingham Forest L 0-2 League Division One
28 Dec 1987 Wimbledon v Arsenal L 3-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1988 Portsmouth v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
16 Jan 1988 Liverpool v Arsenal L 2-0 League Division One
20 Jan 1988 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal W 0-1 League Cup Quarter-final
24 Jan 1988 Arsenal v Manchester United L 1-2 League Division One
30 Jan 1988 Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal W 1-2 FA Cup 4th round
07 Feb 1988 Everton v Arsenal W 0-1 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
27 Feb 1988 Arsenal v Charlton Athletic W 4-0 League Division One
12 Mar 1988 Arsenal v Nottingham Forest L 1-2 FA Cup Quarter-final
19 Mar 1988 Arsenal v Newcastle United D 1-1 League Division One
26 Mar 1988 Derby County v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
30 Mar 1988 Oxford United v Arsenal D 0-0 League Division One
02 Apr 1988 Chelsea v Arsenal D 1-1 League Division One
08 Apr 1989 Arsenal v Everton W 2-0 League Division One
15 Apr 1989 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 1-0 League Division One
01 May 1989 Arsenal v Norwich City W 5-0 League Division One
12 Aug 1989 Liverpool v Arsenal L 1-0 FA Charity Shield
21 Oct 1989 Everton v Arsenal L 3-0 League Division One
25 Oct 1989 Arsenal v Liverpool W 1-0 League Cup 3rd round
28 Oct 1989 Arsenal v Derby County D 1-1 League Division One
04 Nov 1989 Arsenal v Norwich City W 4-3 League Division One
11 Nov 1989 Millwall v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One
18 Nov 1989 Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers W 3-0 League Division One
22 Nov 1989 Oldham Athletic v Arsenal L 3-1 League Cup 4th round
26 Nov 1989 Liverpool v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
06 Jan 1990 Stoke City v Arsenal W 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1985-86 Republic of Ireland Independence 1
1
1986-87 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1
1986-87 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship
1
1986-87 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-21 2
1987-88 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
2
1
1987-88 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship
3
1988-89 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup
2
1988-89 Republic of Ireland PJ ODriscoll Testimonial
1
1988-89 Republic of Ireland Toulon Under-21 3
1989-90 Republic of Ireland B International 1
2
1989-90 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 3
1
1
1989-90 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
1989-90 Republic of Ireland Under-23 1
1
1990-91 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
2
1990-91 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 4
2
1991-92 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1991-92 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
1
1991-92 Republic of Ireland US Cup 3
1992-93 Republic of Ireland David OLeary Testimonial 1
1
1992-93 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 8
2
1993-94 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 3
1994-95 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
1994-95 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 7
3
1995-96 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 3
2
1
1995-96 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 3
1995-96 Republic of Ireland US Cup 1
1996-97 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
2
1997-98 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1997-98 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland Charity Omagh Fund 1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1998-99 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 3
2
1999-00 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1999-00 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 4
1
1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland US Nike Cup 2
1
1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 5
2001-02 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2
4
1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland International Friendly
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
25 May 1986 Iceland v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 Independence
27 May 1986 Czechoslovakia v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 Independence
09 Sep 1986 Belgium v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
14 Oct 1986 Republic of Ireland v Scotland L 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 7
01 Apr 1987 Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
23 May 1987 Republic of Ireland v Brazil W 1-0 International Friendly
09 Sep 1987 Republic of Ireland v Luxembourg W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
14 Oct 1987 Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Nov 1987 Republic of Ireland v Israel W 5-0 International Friendly
23 Mar 1988 Republic of Ireland v Romania W 2-0 International Friendly
22 May 1988 Republic of Ireland v Poland W 3-1 International Friendly
12 Jun 1988 England v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
19 Oct 1988 Republic of Ireland v Tunisia W 4-0 PJ O'Driscoll Testimonial
16 Nov 1988 Spain v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
08 Mar 1989 Hungary v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
07 Jun 1989 Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 Toulon Under-21 Group B
09 Jun 1989 England v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 Toulon Under-21 Group B
10 Jun 1989 France v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 Toulon Under-21 5th
27 Mar 1990 Republic of Ireland v England W 4-1 B INTER
25 Apr 1990 Republic of Ireland v USSR W 1-0 International Friendly
15 May 1990 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland W 2-3 U23
02 Jun 1990 Malta v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 International Friendly
17 Jun 1990 Republic of Ireland v Egypt D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
21 Jun 1990 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
25 Jun 1990 Republic of Ireland v Romania W 0-0 (5-4) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
30 Jun 1990 Italy v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
12 Sep 1990 Republic of Ireland v Morocco W 1-0 International Friendly
17 Oct 1990 Republic of Ireland v Turkey W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
14 Nov 1990 Republic of Ireland v England D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
06 Feb 1991 Wales v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 International Friendly
27 Mar 1991 England v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
01 May 1991 Republic of Ireland v Poland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
11 Sep 1991 Hungary v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 International Friendly
19 Feb 1992 Republic of Ireland v Wales L 0-1 International Friendly
29 Apr 1992 Republic of Ireland v USA W 4-1 International Friendly
26 May 1992 Republic of Ireland v Albania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
30 May 1992 USA v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 US Cup
04 Jun 1992 Republic of Ireland v Italy L 0-2 US Cup
07 Jun 1992 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 2-0 US Cup
09 Sep 1992 Republic of Ireland v Latvia W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
14 Oct 1992 Denmark v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
18 Nov 1992 Spain v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
31 Mar 1993 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
28 Apr 1993 Republic of Ireland v Denmark D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 3
26 May 1993 Albania v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 3
29 May 1993 Republic of Ireland v Hungary L 2-4 David O'Leary Testimonial
09 Jun 1993 Latvia v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 3
16 Jun 1993 Lithuania v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 3
08 Sep 1993 Republic of Ireland v Lithuania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
13 Oct 1993 Republic of Ireland v Spain L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 3
17 Nov 1993 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 3
07 Sep 1994 Latvia v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
12 Oct 1994 Republic of Ireland v Liechtenstein W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
16 Nov 1994 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Feb 1995 Republic of Ireland v England D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1995 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
26 Apr 1995 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
03 Jun 1995 Liechtenstein v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
11 Jun 1995 Republic of Ireland v Austria L 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 6
06 Sep 1995 Austria v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
11 Oct 1995 Republic of Ireland v Latvia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 6
15 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland L 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
27 Mar 1996 Republic of Ireland v Russia L 0-2 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 International Friendly
29 May 1996 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 1996 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 1996 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 1996 USA v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 US Cup
31 Aug 1996 Liechtenstein v Republic of Ireland W 0-5 FIFA World Cup Group 8
20 Aug 1997 Republic of Ireland v Lithuania D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
22 Apr 1998 Republic of Ireland v Argentina L 0-2 International Friendly
14 Oct 1998 Republic of Ireland v Malta W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
18 Nov 1998 Yugoslavia v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
10 Feb 1999 Republic of Ireland v Paraguay W 2-0 International Friendly
28 Apr 1999 Republic of Ireland v Sweden W 2-0 International Friendly
29 May 1999 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland L 0-1 CHARITY OMAGH FUND
09 Jun 1999 Republic of Ireland v FYR Macedonia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
01 Sep 1999 Republic of Ireland v Yugoslavia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
04 Sep 1999 Croatia v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
08 Sep 1999 Malta v Republic of Ireland W 2-3 UEFA European Championship Group 8
09 Oct 1999 FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
17 Nov 1999 Turkey v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
23 Feb 2000 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic W 3-2 International Friendly
30 May 2000 Republic of Ireland v Scotland L 1-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 2000 Republic of Ireland v Mexico D 2-2 US NIKE CUP
06 Jun 2000 USA v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 US NIKE CUP
11 Jun 2000 Republic of Ireland v South Africa W 2-1 US NIKE CUP
02 Sep 2000 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
07 Oct 2000 Portugal v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
11 Oct 2000 Republic of Ireland v Estonia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
02 Jun 2001 Republic of Ireland v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Jun 2001 Estonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
01 Sep 2001 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Oct 2001 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
10 Nov 2001 Republic of Ireland v Iran W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe v Asia play-off
13 Feb 2002 Republic of Ireland v Russia W 2-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 2002 Germany v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
11 Jun 2002 Saudi Arabia v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
16 Jun 2002 Spain v Republic of Ireland L 1-1 (2-3) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.