THE PLAYER: MICKY QUINN
A centre forward with over 500 professional games under his belt and a grand total of 228 goals, Quinn started it all at Springfield Park.
After a youth career with Derby County Quinn was eager for professional football and joined Wigan Athletic in September 1979 where he would go on to score 19 times in 69 appearances, topping off his time with the club during its first ever promotion during the football league era in the 1981/82 season.
By the time Quinn joined Newcastle in 1989 his goal tally had snowballed at Stockport, Oldham and Portsmouth but was to go one step better at St James’ Park.
His home debut for the Magpies against Leeds United garnered an incredible four goals, making him an instant hit with the Toon Army.
The 1989/90 season continued in the same vein as he finished as the Football League’s top goal scorer with 34 and managed 39 in all competitions. The following season saw him score 20 times despite Newcastle’s lower finish in the Second Division.
Quinn left the club in 1992 but it didn’t stop his natural instinct for goals as he started to fire them in for Coventry City where he scored 17 goals in the Premier League, 10 of which came in his first six games for the Sky Blues.
There has been a total of 41 goals scored between the two sides in just 16 meetings but, it is the nature of the goals rather than the sum that stands out.
The obvious statistic is Ryan Taylor (pictured left last season), the thorn in Newcastle’s side during 2007 and 2008 and of course now part of their squad who scored four times for Latics against the Magpies.
It also means that he’s the top scorer in games between the two sides, one ahead of current team mate Shola Ameobi.
Taylor is just one of three players to have played for both teams and to have scored for Latics against Newcastle.
Charles N’Zogbia netted a brace in October 2010 at St James’ Park and Titus Bramble returned to his former home in November 2008 to score a dramatic late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Two years previously the centre half was on the scoring side for Newcastle as they beat Latics 3-1, also at St James’ Park.
The record for goals in a game between the two teams in the Premier League is four and it’s happened four times, most recently the 4-0 victory for Latics at the DW Stadium last season.
Of those four games there have been two 2-2 draws both ending with a late equaliser, with Fabricio Coloccini claiming a point for Newcastle in 2010 and the previously mentioned bittersweet goal for Bramble in 2008.
Four centre backs have donned the stripes of both teams in recent years.
Latics Captain Gary Caldwell was a trainee with Newcastle, while older brother Steven made over 30 appearances for the Magpies.
Both left the club in 2004 for pastures new but would be reunited six years later when Steven joined Gary at the DW Stadium albeit for a brief spell lasting just one season.
During their time together at Latics the brothers played together for 179 minutes, starting and completing just one game together against Bolton Wanderers in February 2011.
The first time the two crossed paths on the pitch at the club was when Steven replaced Gary after just 17 minutes against West Bromwich Albion in November 2010.
Another at the back for Latics was Titus Bramble, now at Sunderland, Bramble enjoyed a three year spell with Latics having joined from Newcastle in 2007 after a mixed time at St James’ Park.
His time with Latics saw the defender renewed and he scored some memorable goals for the club, including an equaliser at Anfield in a 1-1 draw and the leveller in the dramatic 3-2 victory against Arsenal at the DW Stadium at the end of the 2009/10 season.
The final part of the four is Fitz Hall, who spent two seasons with Latics and coincidentally made his debut against Newcastle who he would join on loan in 2010 during Newcastle’s promotion season back to the Premier League.