James Quinn (footballer)
|Full name||James Stephen Quinn|
|Date of birth||15 December 1974|
|Place of birth||Coventry, England|
|Height||6 ft 1½ in (1.87 m)|
|Playing position||Striker (retired)|
|1994||→ Stockport County (loan)||1||(0)|
|1998–2002||West Bromwich Albion||114||(9)|
|2001–2002||→ Notts County (loan)||6||(3)|
|2002||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||6||(1)|
|2005||→ Bristol City (loan)||3||(1)|
|2007||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013-||Central Jersey Spartans|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
James Stephen Quinn (born 15 December 1974) is an English-born Northern Irish former professional footballer. A forward, his final club was Northampton Town. He played for numerous clubs in his career, and was also a Northern Ireland international.
After four league games with Birmingham City, Coventry-born Quinn was sold to Second Division Blackpool for £25,000. He scored a total of 47 goals and made 150 first-team starts over five years. Two of those goals were scored against Chelsea in the League Cup second round. On 12 August 1995, he opened the scoring in Blackpool's game at Bristol City after eleven seconds, equalling the club's fastest-ever goal by Bill Slater at Stoke City 46 years earlier.
These exploits led West Bromwich Albion to sign Quinn for £500,000. He made his Albion debut in a 1–1 home draw against Bury on 21 February 1998. He scored twice in a 2–1 win over Middlesbrough on 4 April 1998, his first goals for the club; however, he found goals hard to come by during his Baggies career, scoring just ten times in 123 appearances in all competitions.
During 2001–02, Quinn was loaned out to Notts County, but returned to the Hawthorns when a permanent deal could not be agreed. He was then loaned out again, to Bristol Rovers, where he scored once against Kidderminster Harriers. In the days following Albion's promotion to the Premier League in April 2002, Quinn found himself surplus to requirements and was released. A few days later he moved to Dutch side Willem II.
Quinn was released by Willem II in January 2005. He had been unhappy with his life in the Netherlands, and set about finding a new club in England whilst training with the MK Dons. He quickly became Paul Sturrock's first permanent signing for Sheffield Wednesday, joining on a short-term contract until the end of the season. After scoring two goals in fifteen appearances during four months at Hillsborough, Quinn signed for Peterborough United in August 2005. In October of the same year he went on a month's loan to Bristol City, scoring on his debut against Oldham Athletic.
He signed for Northampton Town in August 2006, scoring his first and what turned out to be only goal for the club against Brighton on 21 October 2006. On 21 December 2006, a poor start to the season saw him placed on the transfer list alongside Andy Kirk and Scott McGleish. In March 2007 Quinn joined Scunthorpe United on loan for the remainder of the season. He was an unused substitute for the Iron on several occasions, but did not experience any first-team action.
Quinn retired from playing football on 11 September 2007, due to his failure to break back into the Northern Ireland team. He collected fifty caps for his country, and scored goals against Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta and Serbia & Montenegro.
He took up coaching, passed part 1 of the UEFA 'A' Licence in 2009, and in 2010 was coaching youth football in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2012 James returned to England to become a scout with Luton Town FC, before coming back to Princeton NJ in January 2013 to become the Director of U15-U18 College Showcasing for Princeton Soccer Association.
Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
|1||11 February 1997||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Belgium||1–0||3–0||Friendly match|
|2||23 February 2000||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||3–1||3–1||Friendly match|
|3||28 March 2000||Valletta, Malta||Malta||2–0||3–0||Friendly match|
|4||28 April 2004||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Serbia and Montenegro||1–0||1–1||Friendly match|
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- "James Quinn profile". Princeton Soccer Association. Retrieved 2010-10-10.