The Hibernian Historical Trust is saddened to learn that Pat Quinn, who played for the club in the '60s, has passed away aged 84.
Born in Glasgow in 1936, Pat began his professional career with Albion Rovers before joining Motherwell in 1955 where he would play in the famous "Ancell's Babes" side. He made 251 appearances for Motherwell between 1955 and 1962, scoring 119 goals and would receive international recognition during his time at Fir Park.
His talent and goal-scoring record would attract the attention of clubs in England and he moved south of the border to join Blackpool before signing for Hibernian in 1963 for a fee in the region of £30,000 that was said at the time to have been a record paid by a Scottish club.
John Parke, Willie Hamilton, Pat Quinn, Joe Davis and John Baxter
Pat made his debut for the club in a 3-0 defeat away to Dunfermline Athletic on 12th October 1963. He quickly found his place in the first-team and it wasn't long before he opened his scoring account at Hibs as he secured a point for the club in a 1-1 draw with St Mirren just over a month after his debut.
Known as 'Mighty Quinn' to the Hibernian fans, he holds his place in the history books as he was the first-ever Hibs substitute to be used in an official domestic fixture replacing the injured full-back Joe Davis near the end of a league game against Clyde. Pat played in numerous European clashes but is best remembered for his part in the comeback against Napoli scoring the second of five goals against World Cup-winning goalkeeper Dino Zoff. He was also in the side that beat Real Madrid in the famous 2-0 victory at Easter Road in 1964.
In his six seasons at Easter Road, Pat made 201 appearances across all competitions scoring 26 goals in the process. He finished his league career at East Fife who he would also manage and also had a brief spell in Iceland with Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar. He later returned to Easter Road to take up a coaching role as an assistant to Bertie Auld.
Internationally, Pat played four times for Scotland between 1961 and 1962 and on his debut, Scotland were thrashed 9–3 by old rivals England at Wembley in a 1960/61 British Home Championship match. He also represented the Scottish League XI six times.
Our thoughts are with Pat’s loved ones at this time. His memory marches on.