Former Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Halifax Town player John Quinn has sadly passed away, it has been announced.
‘Johnny’ Quinn is believed to have been unwell over the last few years. He was 82 years old.
Quinn, also known as the Mighty Quinn, joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1959 and would go on to make 194 appearances, scoring 24 goals.
After becoming a folk hero with The Owls, he moved down the road to join Rotherham United, where he would remain for five seasons, making 114 league appearances and adding seven goals.
He would then finish his career with Halifax Town, becoming player-caretaker manager in 1974, before retiring two years later.
Former Rotherham fullback, John Breckin, has expressed his sadness to hear of the news of Quinn’s passing.
He said on his Twitter account today: “Woke up this morning to the sad news that The Mighty Quinn passed away yesterday. A great player and gentleman. A man I looked up to when I joined the club as a young boy. My thoughts go out to his family… Rest in Peace Quinny, a true legend.”
In an obituary honouring his memory, Sheffield Wednesday wrote: “Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Johnny Quinn. He was 82.
“Johnny joined the Owls as an apprentice in 1959 and after waiting patiently for the chance of first team football, he made the breakthrough into the seniors under Alan Brown – and went on to become an automatic choice as he achieved cult status in S6.
“An incredibly versatile performer, the St Helens product played in every position for Wednesday save goalkeeper and centre half through his eight years at Hillsborough. He posted a total of 194 appearances for SWFC, with 24 goals.
“Few players commanded the respect of his team mates in a manner earned by Quinn, whose sterling efforts were rewarded with a starting shirt in the FA Cup final of 1966 but Wednesday went down 3-2 to Everton at Wembley.
“Johnny moved on to represent Rotherham and Halifax before hanging up his boots in 1975. He would then venture into the sports retail industry in Stocksbridge and Hillsborough with his Owls team mates Peter Eustace and Gerry Young.
“Fittingly, Quinn became equally renowned in these parts for his further endeavors off the pitch given the huge amounts of money he raised for charity after forming the ‘Johnny Quinn All Stars’ football team.
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“Our thoughts are with Johnny’s family and friends at this difficult time.