O2 CITY HALL
Thurs 30 Jan, 2020 8pm
Two legendary Newcastle United goal scorers – Peter Beardsley and Mickey Quinn – are coming to town to talk about their action-packed football careers. . .
During two lengthy spells with The Magpies, Beardsley amassed 321 appearances and 117 goals wearing the black and white. And the “mighty” Quinn earnt his place in Newcastle folklore with the amazing 39 goals he scored in just one of his prolific seasons with The Toon.
The pair will discuss the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club.
Compere for the lively evening is TalkSport presenter Perry Groves. There will be a chance to pose questions to the stars during the night.
VIP tickets are also available. These afford the opportunity for a meet and greet with the stars and a photo opportunity before the show. Due to limited availability, ticket purchasers should check this out at the box office when booking.
The mighty Mickey Quinn immediately won the hearts of Newcastle fans, scoring four on his debut and netting an incredible 39 goals in his first season at St James’ Park.
The gritty centre forward has played in three of the four top divisions, beginning his professional career in 1979 with Fourth Division Wigan and joining Stockport from the same league on a free after The Latics won promotion. Here he proved his worth, establishing himself as an accomplished marksman.
Mickey jumped two divisions to join Joe Royal’s Oldham for £53,000 in 1984 and, after scoring 34 goals in 80 games over two years, he was snapped up for £150,000 by Oldham’s Second Division rivals Portsmouth.
His first season saw him crowned the team’s top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions as they won promotion to the top-flight. Eleven goals the following season couldn’t prevent the team’s return to the second tier and in the ’88-’89 season he bagged 20 goals and was given the captain’s armband.
Newcastle manager Jim Smith then paid £680,000 for Quinn’s services as The Magpies readied themselves for a season in the Second Division following relegation from the top-flight. It was an exceptionally large sum for a Second Division player at the time and made Mickey one of the most expensive signings by The Toon.
The investment was quickly repaid with Mickey banging in four goals on his debut against Leeds United. Quinn found the back of the net 34 times finishing the ’89-’90 season as the Football League’s top scorer. His tally in all competitions was 39 goals, propelling him to legendary status with the Toon Army.
Despite the team’s form dipping the following season, Mickey still weighed in with 20 goals in that campaign.
Managerial comings and goings ensued with Jim Smith replaced by Ossie Ardiles who was subsequently replaced by Kevin Keegan and in the ’92-’93 season Mickey sadly departed to further his career with Premier League Coventry in a deal worth £250,000.
Here he confirmed what all Newcastle United fans knew already – netting 17 times for the Sky Blues in his first six months with the club, cementing his reputation as a goal-scoring legend.
Amassing 321 appearances in the black and white over two spells with the club, Peter Beardsley scored a total of 117 goals for The Toon, not a bad return for a player regarded by many as a provider rather than a goal scorer!
As a youth player, Peter played for Wallsend Boys Club before joining Newcastle. However, his professional career in fact began with Carlisle in 1978, seeing them to promotion to the Second Division at the end of the 81-82 season.
Eventually, in September 1983 he was signed back by The Magpies, going on to score 20 goals as Newcastle, captained by Kevin Keegan, celebrated promotion to the First Division. In Peter’s first season in the top-flight he scored an impressive 17 goals in 38 games – including a hat-trick against Sunderland, contributing towards the Black Cats’ relegation that season.
He played in all 42 league matches the following season – one of which he ended the game as a stand-in keeper – and notched 19 goals.
After four seasons and 61 goals for Newcastle, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish came calling with a national record £1.9m offer that took him to Anfield where he went on to form a formidable partnership with John Aldridge and Ian Rush.
He returned home to Newcastle, via a spell at Everton, for £1.5m and made an immediate impact with The Toon, scoring 25 goals. It was a season that saw the team qualify for Europe with a third-placed Premier League finish.
Peter remained for a further four years, racking up 157 appearances and 56 goals, and captaining the team to the runners-up spot in 1996.
Internationally, Peter represented his country 59 times between 1986 and 1996, once as captain, and played in the finals of the ’86 and ’90 World Cup and ’88 Euros.