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OBITUARY - EDDIE QUINLAN

Posted on 18 March 2008  - 12:00

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Eddie Quinlan who had a brief spell on our books during the early 1950s.

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Eddie Quinlan who had a brief spell on our books during the early 1950s.

A left winger, he scored 14 goals in 59 competitive games for our Reserve, ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams between March, 1952 and May, 1953.

Born at Clapton on August 15, 1931, Maurice Edward Quinlan joined us from Great Yarmouth Town during March, 1952 and had scored five goals in 15 appearances by the end of that season.

He added a further nine goals in 44 matches the following season prior to a reported £850 bid by Reading during June, 1953.

Eddie made his Football League debut against Newport County on August 20, 1953 and opened his goals account versus Walsall on October 10, in his fifth league appearance. Three years at Elm Park yielded a tally of 11 goals in 51 League games and he also featured in two FA Cup matches.

On leaving Reading during 1956 Eddie had a three year stint with Worcester City followed by a brief spell with Dartford in1959 before hanging up his boots.

After football, he ran a fruit and vegetable business in Reading for a number of years. A keen golfer, he was also a member of the Reading Bridge Club.

Eddie Quinlan passed away at a Reading hospice on March 10, aged 76.