Wednesday 19 September 2018

'I was flattered, but embarrassed, by Disco Pants chart hit,' says former Ireland star Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn at the Sean O Casey Community centre in East Wall
Niall Quinn at the Sean O Casey Community centre in East Wall
Niall Quinn at the Sean O Casey Community centre in the East Wall

Niall Quinn's famous disco pants never existed

The former Ireland international footballer (48) has revealed that the iconic garments, which featured in a song, were a work of fiction.

The song Niall Quinn's Disco Pants was unveiled as a chant in 1992 by his fans when he played for Manchester City and was adopted by Sunderland fans after he moved to the club.

It was released as a single by the club's fanzine A Love Supreme and reached no 56 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1999.


Speaking to the Herald, Quinn says he felt flattered and sometimes embarrassed but it was always nice to have fans sing the chart hit.

"It got to number 56 in the UK charts. Ah look it's one of those things. But just for the record I never actually had disco pants," he said.

Niall retired from professional football in 2003 but still works as an analyst and commentator with SkyTV and is due to fly to Singapore next week ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

"It's always very good to go to a tournament like this before a season starts so you're up close and personal with three clubs - Arsenal, Everton and Stoke - in the same hotel - and it helps me with my commentary," he said.

Quinn expressed his concern with the current Irish squad after their previous defeat at the hands of Scotland.

"I feel we need a big break now, Martin and Roy need something very fortunate to happen for their team."

This year is the anniversary of Italia 90 and Quinn credits his goal against Holland as a career starter.

"Scoring important goals is massive. I scored against Holland, to get us to the next stage," he said.

"That goal was huge for me, it was my first competitive start for Ireland and once I scored that goal I stayed in competitive football for 11 years."

Quinn was in Dublin for the Annual Dublin Bus Penalty Shootout competition which gives 20 youngsters from aged seven to 12 the chance to hone their skills by training with the former international star for a day.


The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and Quinn has been involved since its creation.

He was approached by Dublin Bus in 2004 who wanted to use funds from excess fares which weren't redeemed.

The event is organised in conjunction with An Garda Siochana and this year children from the Aosog Community Project, based in the north west inner city, were the lucky group.

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