Battering Ram Quinn Ready to Rough Up Rio a Second Time
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS
RIO FERDINAND can expect a painful reminder of his distant past at Windsor Park tomorrow after James Quinn revealed how he aims to renew a nine-year-old acquaintance with the Back then, Ferdinand was a raw teenager still waiting to make the breakthrough at West Ham when he was loaned out to Bournemouth.
Drafted into Mel Machin's starting line-up at Blackpool, he was handed an early introduction to the physical demands of League football as the burly Quinn gave him a torrid time and scored in a bruising 1-1 draw.
Journeyman Quinn, now at Peterborough after spells with West Bromwich, Willem ll in Holland England defender.
and Sheffield Wednesday and cheerily admits Ferdinand probably will not remember him.
The smile gives way to a look of intent, though, as he describes how he means to jog the Manchester United star's memory when they come face to face for the first time since a windswept night at Bloomfield Road in November 1996.
'Rio was making his League debut and even then people were talking about him being quality,' said Quinn, who will again be used in the battering ram role that unsettled Azerbaijan's defence on Saturday as Northern Ireland go in search of an upset.
'He was going to go on to do this and that, but I had the last word that night. …