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'Just going over to that sea of green at the end. I can feel that excitement again now. It's a wave of emotion'


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Stephen Quinn earned a front-row seat to the finest moment in recent Irish soccer history. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Stephen Quinn earned a front-row seat to the finest moment in recent Irish soccer history. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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Stephen Quinn earned a front-row seat to the finest moment in recent Irish soccer history. Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Last month, Stephen Quinn's wife Vanessa was tasked with setting a 'What Happened Next' picture round for a Zoom quiz contested by her husband and a group of his close friends from his playing days with Ireland and Hull.

One of her stills gave certain participants an unfair advantage. Robbie Brady was never going to get it wrong. The snapshot was from Lille on June 22, 2016, the date of Ireland's Euros victory over Italy, with the virtual crowd letting out a cheer when the answer was revealed and the clip played through to the header he will forever be associated with.

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Republic of Ireland players celebrate following the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland. Photo by David Maher / Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland players celebrate following the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland. Photo by David Maher / Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland players celebrate following the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland. Photo by David Maher / Sportsfile

For Quinn, it's a special moment too. He confesses down the phone that merely talking about the events of that night make the hairs on his arms and the back of his neck stand up.