General Football & 'Keeganballs'



: The art of letting the words come out before the brain is engaged, made famous by David Coleman but with very able disciples in Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, Ron Atkinson, Terry Venables....in fact it seems endemic amongst the football fraternity.

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"Woodcock would have scored but his shot was too perfect."
Ron Atkinson

"I didn’t say them things that I said."
Glenn Hoddle

"That's Steve Howey's third-ever League goal and he's never scored more than two in a season before."
Jeff Stelling

"I predicted in August that Celtic would reach the final. On the eve of that final I stand by that prediction."
Archie Macpherson

"Football’s not like an electric light – you can’t just flick the button and change from slow to quick."
John Greig

"The Champions League semi-final is over two legs, so it will be a one-off affair."
Graham Beecroft

"The problem is not what we are doing badly, it is because we are not doing things well."
Patrick Evra

"To be second with one game to go – you can’t ask for more."
Stuart McCall

"Sometimes he does the brilliant things really well."
Lee Sharpe

"Players prefer the FA Cup because it's the end of season curtain-raiser."
Peter Withe

"Germany are a very difficult team to play - they had eleven internationals out there today."
Steve Lomas


Kevin Keegan

Bless him, he always had a hairstyle and always had something to say. And he said it with passion. The trouble he didn't always give us brain time to approve what his mouth was saying, so some great quotes. I would go as far as to say that if it hadn't been for David Coleman coming along first we would now be talking about Keeganballs rather than Colemanballs. Let's have a look at some of the things he has had to say....

"What disappointed me was that we didn't play with any passion. I'm not disappointed, you know, I'm just disappointed."

"We deserved to win this game after hammering them 0-0 in the first half."

"The 33 or 34-year-olds will be 36 or 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, if they're not careful."

"There's a slight doubt about only one player, and that's Tony Adams, who definitely won't be playing tomorrow."

"I've had an interest in racing all my life, or longer really."

“Football is always easier when you've got the ball.”

"My father was a miner and he worked down a mine."

"People will say that was typical City, which really annoys me. But that’s typical City I suppose."

"Our current financial situation means that if we want to buy, we have to spend."

'I want more from David Beckham. I want him to improve on perfection.'

"It was still moving when it hit the back of the net."

"I came to Nantes two years ago and it's much the same today, except that it's completely different"

 "In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken leg."

 "I don't think there's anyone bigger or smaller than Maradona."

"I know what is around the corner - I just don't know where the corner is. But the onus is on us to perform and we must control the bandwagon."

"The substitute is about to come on - he's a player who was left out of the starting line-up today."

"England have the best fans in the world and Scotland's fans are second-to-none."

"I'd love to be a mole on the wall in the Liverpool dressing room at half-time."

"Luis Figo is totally different to David Beckham, and vice versa."

"Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice."

"You can't do better than go away from home and get a draw."

"They compare Steve McManaman to Steve Heighway and he's nothing like him, but I can see why - it's because he's a bit different."

"Nicolas Anelka left Arsenal for £23million and they built a training ground on him."

"If I had a blank piece of paper there'd be five names on it.”

"I’m not trying to make excuses for David Seaman but I think the lights may have been a problem.”

"That would have been a goal if it wasn't saved."

“He can’t talk Turkey, but you can tell he’s delighted.”

"The tide is very much in our court now."

"Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties."

"The ref was vertically 15 yards away."

“Picking the team isn't difficult, it's who to leave out.”

"The game has gone rather scrappy as both sides realise they could win this match or lose it."

"You get bunches of players like you do bananas, though that is a bad comparison."

"Not many teams will come to Arsenal and get anything, home or away."

"Argentina are the second best team in the world and there is no higher praise that that."

"At this level, if five or six players don't turn up, you'll get beat."

"One of his strengths is not heading."

"I'll never play at Wembley again, unless I play at Wembley again."

"We managed to wrong a few rights."

"That decision, for me, was almost certainly definitely wrong."

"The good news for Nigeria is that they're two-nil down very early in the game."

"The Gillingham players have slumped to their feet."
Mick Quinn

"He's signalling to the bench with his groin."
Mark Bright

"Who will win the League? It's a toss of a coin between three of them."
Matt le Tissier

"I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best left-winger in the Premiership, but there are none better."
Ron Atkinson

"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."
John Motson

"And now the goals from Carrow Road, where the game finished 0-0."
Elton Welsby

"He didn’t try to take the net off its hinges with that header."
Andy Townsend

"John Bond has brought in a young left-sided midfield player, who I guess will play on the left side of midfield."
Jimmy Armfield

"To be a good player in the Premiership you have to perform on the pitch, as it is everywhere."

"He may well yet pull his team from the edge of the cliff by the scruff of its neck into the land of milk and honey."
Jonathan Hayward





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