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9. Niall Quinn

Suffice to say that Sunderland supporters' rendition of "Niall Quinn's Disco Pants" didn't go down too well with staff on an EasyJet flight from Bristol to the North East following their team's 2008 away clash with Cardiff. So much so that the entire contingent was slung off and marooned at Bristol airport.

That was until chairman Quinn hove into view (he'd stomped off too after the flight was cancelled), pulled out his credit card and offered to pay £8,000 in taxi fees to get the Mackem lads home. Unsurprisingly, none refused Quinn's generosity. "He's a top man," gushed one supporter. Too true.

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Niall Quinn