Pat Quinn was one of the most astute inside men ever to don the claret and amber. He played for Scotland and was eventually sold to Blackpool, for £40,000 – a big fee in the 1960s. He was arguably the conductor of the ‘Ancell Babes’ midfield, Pat was a genuinely gifted player who relied on an astute football brain as opposed to strength or speed. It was in December 1955 that Motherwell signed Pat Quinn and he joined from Bridgeton Waverly. Pat made his ‘Well debut in unusual circumstances, being a substitute in a friendly match against Preston North End where he was a sub for the opposition and this match was to mark the opening of the new Fir Park floodlighting system.
In November 1962 he moved to England and he scored on his Blackpool debut in a 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers. A year later he came back north of the border with Walter Galbraith’s Hibernian side, then he moved on to East Fife and with the Bayview outfit he was to be player/assistant manager. Pat later took up coaching roles at Partick Thistle, Hibernian, Motherwell and Hamilton Accies. While at Motherwell, he will always be remembered as a dead ball expert, he had many highs at Fir Park. He scored four times in the 9-1 hammering of Falkirk in a League Cup tie (the ‘Well led an astonishing 9-0 at half time), three times in the 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United and he played a key role in the 5-2 Scottish Cup win at Rangers. Pat was capped 4 times by Scotland and 6 times by the Scottish League, he made his debut in the 9-3 debacle against England at Wembley in 1961.
Pat Quinn was the first of the Ancell Babes to make their debut.
Pat a pint sized inside-right, had been provisionally signed by manager Bobby Ancell in December 1955.
The night before Motherwell were to play their first fixture under the newly installed floodlight system Bobby Ancell advised Pat “You turn up tomorrow night for the Preston match, you’re down as a substitute.”
Pat recalled – “It was the time before the regular use of substitutes had arrived, we could only use them in friendlies. They nominated me for the floodlit game with Preston. I was petrified. There I was sitting on the bench in voluminous track suit – It could have housed another couple of subs – when Billy Reid was injured. Mr Ancell gave me the nod and I was on!”
“I was so excited. I was told I must have covered every blade of grass that night. Unfortunately we lost 3-2, but playing against Tommy Doherty and Tom Finney was a great experience.”
|Date of Birth:||26th April 1936|
|Place of Birth:||Glasgow|