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Doc on mighty Quinn

Posted on 13 April 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gary Doherty will come face to face with one of his footballing heroes on Saturday &mdash&#59; the mighty Quinn. <P class=MsoNormal>Niall Quinn returned to the Sunderland line-up after injury on Monday and looks&nbsp&#59;set to renew his lethal partnership with Kevin Phillips on Saturday. <P class=MsoNormal>&lsquo&#59;The Doc&rsquo&#59; came through the ranks in both club and international football admiring the big striker. <P class=MsoNormal>They are now Republic of Ireland team-mates and big Gary, still just 20, is looking forward to locking horns with the giant. <P class=MsoNormal>Called into the Irish squad alongside Quinn this week, Doc admitted: &ldquo&#59;Quinny&rsquo&#59;s a big hero of mine. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He looked a handful when he came on for Sunderland in midweek and I&rsquo&#59;m sure he&rsquo&#59;ll want to play from the start against us. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He&rsquo&#59;s such a big part of their game. If you ask Kevin Phillips he does put a lot down to Quinny. He says he brings his game on and brings him into play. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Quinny&rsquo&#59;s brilliant at that and he&rsquo&#59;s done the same with Robbie Keane at international level &mdash&#59; without Quinny, you can tell that an element of Robbie&rsquo&#59;s game has gone as well. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He&rsquo&#59;s massive for us at national level and the same at Sunderland.&rdquo&#59; <IMG align=left src="../title_images/totsunA.jpg"> <P class=MsoNormal>Saturday will mark the first time that Gary has met Quinn head on. &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ve seen what he&rsquo&#59;s done to good defenders and he can be unreal, not just in the air but he can bring people into the game,&rdquo&#59; he said. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;For his size he is great on the ball and Phillips buzzes all around him. It&rsquo&#59;s a lethal partnership.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>Meanwhile, on the Irish front, Gary says Quinn &lsquo&#59;has been brilliant&rsquo&#59;. <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;You couldn&rsquo&#59;t meet a nicer man,&rdquo&#59; he added. &ldquo&#59;He&rsquo&#59;s gone out of his way to help me, help my game and help me as a person as well. He gets you involved in all the banter and has been absolutely brilliant.&rdquo&#59; <P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>