The long and rich history of Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Steve Quinn. 1951 to 2016. Rest in Peace.

The Mighty Quinn
One of the most prolific rugby league points scorers of all-time, Steve Quinn, has died at the age of 64. He was one of Featherstone Rovers’ greatest ever players, a hall of fame member and popular man who has a permanent place in the hearts of all Rovers fans for his exploits in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 1983.
Stephen Quinn was born at York on 30th November 1951 and as a youngster played at Tang Hall junior school, and later Heworth ARLFC. As a teenager he signed for his hometown club York in October 1970. At 6ft tall and a playing weight of 13 ½ stones, he fit ideally into the centre role, and in his second season quickly given the goal kicking duties, he established himself as a first teamer at York. After five seasons and a spell out of the game between April 1975 and February 1976, Featherstone made a move for Quinn and he came to Post Office Road in 1976 in a straight swop for Barry Hollis. He then set about breaking every single club goal and points record over the next 13 seasons in a blue and white shirt. In a team full of local lads, Quinn was often the ‘outsider’ based all his life at York, but such was his dedication that he would always be the first at training.
His first match for Featherstone was Wakefield at home in the Challenge Cup 15th of February 1976, he kicked 4 goals and Rovers won 23-9.
He won a Championship medal in 1977.
He won a Second division Championship medal and The Second Division Player of the Year in 1980
He played in the Yorkshire Cup Final of 1977.
He won six Yorkshire county caps.
In his Featherstone Career he played 391 games, scored 75 tries, kicked 1,200 goals and 10 drop-goals and scored 2,656 points.
In his Rugby League Career he played 516 games, scored 92 tries, kicked 1,568 goals and 10 drop-goals and scored 3,438 points.
His greatest moment came in the Challenge Cup final in May 1983 at Wembley when his late penalty (his 4th goal of the game) won the Cup for Featherstone against Hull 14-12.
He was granted a Testimonial season in 1986/87
His final starting match was Widnes away on 13th of November 1988 and his final appearance was Leeds away on 11th of December 1988.
He was an inaugural member of the Featherstone Rovers Hall of Fame established in 1992.