General Football & The Anatomy of a Footballer




: 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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"If I was still at Ipswich, I wouldn't be where I am today."
Dalian Atkinson

"If you want change, you've got to stick with it."
Terry Venables

"If we played like that every week, we wouldn't be so inconsistent."
Bryan Robson

"There are 0-0 draws and 0-0 draws, and this was a 0-0 draw."
John Sillett

"There are rumours of fractions within the Palace dressing room."
Shaun Derry

"You can't say my team aren't winners. They've proved that by finishing fourth, third and second in the past three seasons."
Gerard Houllier, showing that Liverpool weren’t winners!

 "Yes, six inches either side of the post and that would have been a goal."
Radio commentator

"Someone in the England team will have to grab the ball by the horns."
Ron Atkinson

 "I have seen players sent off for far worse offences than that."
Alan Brazil

 "And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction."
John Motson

"That could have been his second yellow card – if he’d already got his first one of course"
Trevor Brooking

“Pardew has got previous for this kind of thing – but that was a one-off.”
David Speedie

"The game is balanced in Arsenal's favour."
John Motson

The Anatomy of a Footballer
They say that top sportsmen are a breed apart. That seems particularly the case for footballers given what others have to say about them. Detachable bits and pieces, bits and pieces in different places than the rest of us, out of body experiences. Have a read ....

"He's carrying his left leg, which, to be honest, is his only leg."
Steve Coppell

"He says that he will walk away from the game when his legs go."
Radio Commentator

"Michael Owen - he's got the legs of a salmon."
Sky TV commentator

"Unfortunately, we keep kicking ourselves in the foot."
Ray Wilkins

"Shaun Wright-Phillips has got a big heart. It's as big as him, which isn't very big, but it's bigger."
Kevin Keegan

"I felt a lump in my throat as the ball went in."
Terry Venables

"Lampard picks his head up and knocks it out to the wing."
Alan Shearer

“He is an interesting player - short back legs.”
David Pleat

"That's twice he (Terry Phelan) has got between himself and the goal."
Brian Marwood

"Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve."
John Greig

"Sandro’s holding his face. You can tell from that it’s a knee injury."
Dion Dublin

“Manchester United are substituting Blomqvist for Giggs just to bring more legs into the game.”
Tony Gale

"He’s got a knock on his shin there, just above the knee."
Frank Stapleton

"It's nice for us to have a fresh face in the camp to bounce things off."
Lawrie Sanchez

"Footballers are no different from human beings."
Graham Taylor

"At 6 foot 7 Peter Crouch isn't as tall as he looks."
Gabby Logan

“He's not a lad that likes to stand on his feet.”
Chris Waddle

"We can't replace Gary Speed - where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?"
Bobby Robson

"They’ve picked their heads up off the ground, and they now have a lot to carry on their shoulders."
Ron Atkinson

"If you cut Jamie Carragher open, he’ll bleed red."
Clive Tyldesley

"Lampard’s not the first player to run to the crowd with lips over his mouth."
Adrian Chiles

"Bobby Robson must be thinking of throwing some fresh legs on."
Kevin Keegan

“Alan Shearer has done very well for us, considering his age. We have introduced some movement into his game because he has got two good legs now. Last season he played with one leg.”
Bobby Robson

"He just got his body between himself and the goal."
Ray Clemence

"A tremendous strike which hit the defender full on the arm - and it nearly came off."
Kevin Keegan

"Neil Baker is standing on the touchline with hands in tracksuit bottoms scratching his head."
Graham McGarry

"He’s very fast and if he gets a yard ahead of himself nobody will catch him."
Bobby Robson

"As positive as Arsenal were, I thought they were quite negative."
Peter Reid

"Northern Ireland are ten minutes away from their finest victory. There's 15 minutes to go here."
John Motson

"If you were in the Brondby dressing room right now, which of the Liverpool players would you be looking at?"
Ray Stubbs

"Keith Gillespie just lacks a little bit of inconsistency."
Graeme Le Saux

"We don’t have any problems, apart from the problems we have.”
Rafa Benitez

"We’ll have more football later. Meanwhile, here are the highlights from the Scottish Cup final."
Gary Newbon

"This is the better one. It's identical."
Alan Shearer

 "Liverpool have now really got to win two away – one in Barcelona, the other at home to Roma."
Bob Wilson

"As one door closes, another one shuts."
Howard Wilkinson

"Yes, he is not unused to playing in midfield, but at the same time he’s not used to playing there either."
Emlyn Hughes

"We actually got the winner three minutes from the end but then they equalized."
Ian McNail

"The tackles are coming in thick and thin now."
Alan Brazil




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