General Football & Bobby Robson




: 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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"I will be writing to the relevant authorities to complain, but I'm wasting my breath."
Joe Royle

“Cole should be scoring from those distances, but I’m not going to single him out.”
Alex Ferguson

"If you can't stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen"
Terry Venables

"I don't want to compare Bowditch to Matt Le Tissier, but the way he scored his goal was similar to Matt."
Joe Royle

"Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs."
Ron Atkinson

"If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again."
Terry Venables

"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."
Ron Atkinson, breaking the habit of a lifetime!

"You're on your own out there with ten mates."
Michael Owen

"I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."
Stuart Pearce

"I'm sure Spurs will get another opportunity, hopefully before the final whistle.
Steve Claridge

"And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley - unless somebody knocks us out."
Dave Bassett

"All the cul-de-sacs are closed for Scotland."
Joe Jordan

"You can see the relief on Falcao's shoulders."
Michael Gray

"There was nothing wrong with the performance, apart from throwing away the game."
Glenn Hoddle

"Owen scores and breaks Lineker's competitive scoring record. Although this being a friendly it doesn't actual count, so he hasn't quite done it yet."
John Motson


Bobby Robson

Kevin Keegan has had a section for his Colemanballs and now follows one for Bobby Robson. On the face of it perhaps the two didn't have much in common, certainly not the hairstyle, but both managed Fulham, Newcastle and England. An unusual combination if there ever was one. But they also both spoke with passion about football, and sometimes got it wrong. A few Colemanballs from the greatly missed Sir Bobby ....

"Football's like a big market place and people go to the market every day to buy their vegetables."

"Don’t ask me what a typical Brazilian is because I don’t know what a typical Brazilian is. But Romario was a typical Brazilian.”

"We don't want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk doesn't play football at this level."

"They can’t change any of their players, but they can change one of their players, and he’s the coach."

"We didn't underestimate them - they were just a lot better than we thought.”

"I would have given my right arm to be a pianist."

"I'm not going to look beyond the semi-final, but I would love to lead Newcastle out in the final."

"When Gazza was dribbling he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket."

"He never fails to hit the target, but that was a miss."

"We had ten times as many shots on target as Bolton - and they had none at all."

"Paolo di Canio is capable of scoring the goal he scored."

"If you count your chickens before they have hatched, they won't lay an egg in the basket."

"Yeading was a potential banana blip for Newcastle."

"It wasn't going to be our day on the night."

"Jermaine Jenas is a fit lad. He gets from box to box in all of 90 minutes.”

"What can I say about Peter Shilton? Peter Shilton is Peter Shilton, and he has been Peter Shilton since the year dot."

"I'd say he's the best in Europe, if you put me on the fence."

"Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older."

"We're flying on Concorde. That'll shorten the distance. That's self-explanatory."

“We got nine and you can’t score more than that.”

"Maybe not goodbye, but farewell."

"One accusation you can't throw at me is that I've always done my best."
Alan Shearer

"In terms of the Richter scale this defeat was a force 8 gale.”
John Lyall

"Steve McManaman once described Zinedine Zidane as ridiculous. You can't get a higher compliment than that.”
Jason McAteer

"Chris Waddle is off the pitch at the moment – exactly the position he is at his most menacing.”
Gerald Sinstadt

"If someone in the crowd spits at you, you have just got to swallow it.”
Gary Lineker

"He must be lightning slow.”
Ron Atkinson

"The lad got over-excited when he saw the whites of the goalpost's eyes."
Steve Coppell

"Steve Bruce is like a cat on hot tin bricks."
Alvin Martin

"Arsenal are streets ahead of everyone in this league and Manchester United are up there with them."
Craig Bellamy

"Stokes gets a straight yellow for that challenge."
Ronnie Whelan

"The unthinkable is not something we are thinking about at the moment."
Peter Kenyon

"I’d been ill and hadn’t trained for a week and I’d been out of the team for three weeks before that, so I wasn’t sharp. I got cramp before half-time as well. But I’m not one to make excuses."
Clinton Morrison

"The first half was end-to-end stuff. In contrast, in this second half it’s been one end to the other."
Lou Macari

“If Arsenal don’t finish third, they might not finish in third place.”
Alvin Martin




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 14-song CD in 2002 titled Respect?

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