As with any time an Irish teenager gets thrown into a Premiership game out of the blue, we hoped for the best that afternoon. Unfortunately, we got much less than that.
Quinn found the going tough down the right flank and his cause wasn’t helped by his own team-mate Andy Hinchcliffe giving him bollockings every time he did something wrong.
At half-time, he was replaced by some fancy dan named Paolo di Canio.
Even if his debut was inauspicious, there were still high hopes for Quinn, one of those originally overlooked by the English scouts who back then used to swarm Dublin and sign up far more kids than ever had a chance of making it.
He had come late to the professional ranks. It was only when Brian Kerr mentioned his disbelief to a Wednesday representative that nobody had yet snapped up Quinn that the club finally took the plunge.
Within weeks, the Cherry Orchard player made a substitute cameo for the first team and within months he was trotting out for that first start in South London.
All of this came to mind the other day when it was reported that the now 30-year-old Dubliner might be on his way from Ipswich Town (by newspaper law they must now be described as Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town) to Barnsley for