Not averse to winding a few people up, Mick Quinn has been giving his opinion as to whether a number of English clubs are big or small.

The former Newcastle striker was appearing on Talksport when Alan Brazil sprung the list on him, with only ‘big’ or ‘small’ allowed as an answer, nothing in between…

Alan Brazil asking the question and Mick Quinn providing the answers:

‘A list of English clubs, I want you simply to tell me if they are big or small clubs…?’


“Small club.”


“That’s a good one, I would say…they should win more trophies…big.”





‘Sheffield Wednesday?’



“Big – They have won the European Cup.”



‘West Ham?’











“They were big when you were there Al – but small now.”



  • Jonnyfandango

    Big, small, who cares

  • Jimblag23

    It’s pretty dumb, what is a big club? What is a small club?
    If Quinn says Everton are small then we too are a small club.
    I see Pep has said he’d of been sacked this year if he were at a big club. Whilst that’s funny it proves we all have a different perspective.
    What do man city need to win and how long does the success need to be sustained before they’re a “big club”?

    • Marcus Black

      As a Sunderland fan I find it difficult to listen to Micky Quinn as he’s the least neutral pundit in the world – Sunderland are no bigger or smaller than Newcastle when you look at recent history – 2 sides who seem to perennially struggle but still attract a lot of supporters. As you say, how do you define “big or small” clubs? Could you imagine if the two of us were fighting for honours every season? You’d have to extend both stadiums.

      I think we’re a big club and you are a big club – simply because of the number of supporters we both attract – bottom of the league almost all season (and struggling for as long as I care to remember!) and averaging over 40000! You guys relegated twice and perennially struggling of late and averaging nearly 50000? How many “big clubs” would get that type of support?

      • East Durham Mag

        The usual sh it from Talks*ite radio Marcus. Mick Quinn was always going to say that about Sunderland for a laugh. I don’t listen now because it does my head in.

      • HarryHype59

        Both clubs are ‘big’ in two respects. One is the astounding level of support they attract, despite being perennial under achievers.

        The second is the shocking debt levels. Both are in the top five list for high debt. It is an absolute disgrace given the lack of success on the field. This issue should be investigated thoroughly, but largely gets ignored.

    • Rich Lawson

      City would have to win trophies (big ones !) for several seasons in a row ,even then they will probably never get out of Man Utd’s shadow on a world wide support/image basis They were brilliant in the Mercer/Alinson days with quality through out the team.The game at St Jame’s where they won 4-3 to clinch the title is still one of the best games I’ve ever seen at the park for football and atmosphere and yet is largely forgotten outside Manc’s

    • Wor Lass

      Quinn`s bound to say Everton are small and we`re big, isn`t he. Talk Sport is the Sun of the radio world populated by half-wit hasbeens whose sole aim is to wind people up and get lots of reaction.

    • Geordiegiants

      Shiteh will never be a big club, Leeds are a bigger club than them. They just haven’t got that big club mentality.

  • Leazes Ender

    We are the biggest ‘pub side’ in the world mentally.

    • HappyToons

      Even some pub sides win things…Boro as an example.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Typical Talk Sport – winding people up just to get a reaction.

  • TheFatController

    I’d like more days like Sunday 7th – thus I prefer us to be a successful club, if then others want to say ‘despite their success they’re small in my view’ I’d not be fussed at all…

  • SoupPlate

    West Ham get 57,000 each week with 1,000s more on the waiting list. Really ‘small’…

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha ha ha that doesn’t make them a big club!

  • paul morgan

    What have Newcastle ever won Mick you deluded idiot?.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Rubbish as every club is big in its supporters hearts .
    Winning trophy,s regularly means a big club to me . having a big club profile when you don,t win anything is not always a good thing as the usual morons call you (us) deluded .

  • philie

    should do the same with players,big or small. Mick Quinn would be massive,especially his mouth and his belly.

  • MadMag83

    They’re all small clubs. The big clubs are the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Man Utd, Liverpool, etc. Clubs who have won multiple titles and European cups, not just the odd 1 or 2.

  • benton mag

    there are a lot of people on this site that knock Newcastle all the time and put down down anybody with black and white eyes cannot get my head round this are they black n white or SMBs

  • Mike

    afraid the only thing “big” about us is the fan base. nothing else.

    • HarryHype59

      Not quite true, the ‘debt’ to the owner at 129m, is at least the fourth highest in English football. That, and the fan base are big.

  • Albert Stubbins

    by the criteria Quinny applied he should have really said small but he’s never gonna say that about the club he loves (alongside Liverpool)- we’ve a big, massive , huge fanbase but precious little else-I hope Rafa can do something on the trophys front but it s a hell of a tall order these days!!

  • Andy Mac

    My definition of a big club is whether or not the opposing teams’ fans make the effort to attend when we turn up ?

    In the EFL we were the main attraction and I’m sure we’ve broken a few home attendance records for this season, Leeds, Burton etc. In the PL we are still the opposing fans favourites (probably because under Pardwho/McWally we were cannon fodder ?)

  • HarryHype59

    What ever people think about Quinn at least he acknowledges the existence of clubs like Newcastle. I stopped listening to TS due to its presenters obsession with Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool and Spurs.