Northern Irish football speaker and former player Jimmy Quinn is one of the highest-scoring footballers in recent Irish history and is known for his more than ten-year career playing for his national side. Now retired Jimmy Quinn is a dedicated sports speaker and has had a successful management career.
Born in Belfast in 1959 Quinn embarked on his footballing career in 1977 and played non-league football for several years before joining Swindon Town in 1981; in the first of what would be three stints at the County Club totalling six years. Jimmy Quinn continued to be linked with Swindon Town after his retirement, working as their player-manager from 1998 until 2000 during which time he worked prolifically as a football speaker for the club.
Alongside his time with Swindon Town Quinn was also known for the brief seasons he spent at Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and West Ham during the 1980’s and into the 90’s. Scoring more than 200 goals in the Football League Jimmy Quinn was a successful and popular player, whose work as a football speaker, undertaken during his time as a professional player, often drew impressive crowds and fans applauded him for his entertaining and enlightening presentations.
Also boasting twenty-two goals scored in forty-six appearances in the FA Cup Jimmy Quinn retired as a player in 2006 after almost thirty years as a striker. Following his retirement, Quinn went on to manage numerous teams across the UK including Reading, Peterborough and AFC Bournemouth, his greatest successes as a manager include achieving the runner-up position in the Division One title with Reading in 1995 and seeing Shrewsbury Town promoted to League Two following a successful Conference National campaign in 2003/04.
Jimmy Quinn rounded off his managerial career with Nantwich Town whom he had also played for during the 2005/06 season, eventually retiring to become a dedicated sports speaker in 2013. Northern Ireland’s top goalscorer with 12 goals and more than 40 caps for the national side Jimmy Quinn remains hugely popular both in England and Northern Ireland and is available for hire for events across the UK.