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Jimmy Quinn places his mementoes up for sale

Jimmy QuinnFormer Reading and Northern Ireland legend Jimmy Quinn has chosen to sell a number of his footballing awards and mementoes.

He signed for Reading from Bournemouth in July 1992. He went on to make 294 appearances for the Royals, scoring 94 goals in the process. He won promotion with Reading the summer of 1994 winning the Second Division with the help of 35 league goals with him ending the season as leading scorer in the entire Football League.

Quinn was appointed joint player-manager of Reading with Mick Gooding in December 1994 and enjoyed relative success until he left the club in 1997.

In total, Quinn played 578 games in the Football League, scoring 210 goals which included spells at West Ham, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City. He also scored twenty-two goals in forty-six appearances in the FA Cup, and sixteen goals in thirty-five appearances in the League Cup. In a vote to compile Reading's best-ever eleven, Quinn was voted the best striker with 35.4% of the vote

Included in the list of items being sold through Stoke-On-Trent based sporting auctioneers ‘Sporting Past Times’ are a number with a Reading connection.

His 1993/94 Second Division Championship Medal awarded to him as his 35 league goals powered Mark McGhee's Reading side to the Second Division championship one point ahead of second placed Port Vale. The championship was eventually secured by a 2-0 win over Brighton, with Jimmy Quinn netting his eleventh brace of the season.

His goal scoring exploits that season also saw him selected in the PFA Division Two Team of the Year and his medal to mark that honorary accolade is also included in Quinn’s collection.

Quinn's Golden BootBut probably the most exclusive item available to potential purchasers, and the greatest personal honour of Quinn’s 18 year professional career, is the ‘Golden Boot’ awarded by the Football League in recognition of finishing as the League’s highest goalscorer in 1993/94. He even finished above Newcastle United and England striker Andy Cole who finished the Premier League season on 34 goals.

Quinn’s international exploits are also included. Quinn was a full international for Northern Ireland for 11 years, winning 46 caps and scoring 12 goals, making him one of the highest scorers in their history. Quinn was Reading's most capped player for several years, until Kevin Doyle beat his record of 17 international caps whilst with the club.

Quinn CapIncluded in the sale is his Northern Ireland World Cup tournament shirt for Mexico 1986. Also included, is the official Northern Ireland Football Association international season cap presented to Quinn to mark his international appearances throughout the 1993/94 season.

If you are interested in making a bid for any one of these items, contact Alec Bohannan at Sporting Past Times at or by telephone on 07868554881.

13 February 2015

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