Top 10 EVER Manchester City Players – No. 5
This blog is designed to choose the greatest ever Manchester City player in my opinion (remember I am only young!). I shall publish one of these every now and again until finally we reach the best player ever to have embraced Maine Road or The City of Manchester Stadium!
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NUMBER 5 >>>
219 appearances, 77 goals in a 6 year spell from 1990 – 1996:)
Niall Quinn was a player idolised by fans during a six-year spell in Manchester.
First impressions were of a tall, gangling sort of striker but supporters quickly realised he had much more to offer than his height! He had a tremendous first touch that would rival the likes of Robinho, his skill was better than Ronaldo‘s, his cross-field balls better than Xabi Alonso’s, the work rate of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard put together and a finish sharper than striker Fernando Torres could produce. In his first season, Quinn became a firm fans’ favourite, earning the Player of the Year tag during his second season. This was a thoroughly deserved award and proved that the fans appreciated his enthusiasm and passion for the clib. Despite moving to Sunderland in 1996, Niall has remained a true hero in Manchester, and as they say ‘Once a Blue, Always a Blue!’. The sight of Niall running along the touchline with more pace than SWP (with a broken leg!) remained an enduring image of his determination and love of the Blues.
One reason he remains a favourite is because he went in goal and saved a penalty from Dean Saunders in 1991! What’s more, from the resulting corner, he bowled over a few players and made a one-handed catch! Brilliant!
He arrived as a kid who couldn’t get into the Arsenal side, but left he had become a full international and a legend in the eyes of many fans. His time was a delight for the majority and he will always be remembered for his willingness to support the Blue cause, whilst his role as a target man – come keeper – provided much enjoyment.
What’s more, his disco pants now are mentioned in lots of songs still sung at CoMS which shows how much we honour this superb player.