Niall Quinn

Quinn awarded freedom of Sunderland

by Stuart Vose

Black Cats stalwart set to be honoured.

Former Black Cats player, manager, chairman and director Niall Quinn is to be awarded the freedom of the City of Sunderland.

The decision was taken by members of Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet in recognition of the 46-year-old’s work.

Quinn carried out regular community activity across the city during both his time as a player and in staff roles.

He also donated the proceeds of his testimonial game to charity in 2002.

As a player, Quinn scored 71 goals in 222 games for Sunderland before returning to the club as chairman in 2006.

He left the club in February 2012.

“Niall has done a massive, massive amount in this city for children and young people,” Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children and learning city, told the Sunderland Echo.

“There are many times on a Friday evening, even when he had a match on the Saturday, that he would come along to the Seaburn Centre to talk to children who were meeting there.”

The freedom of the city is set to be conferred on November 11.