General Football & Some 'literal' sayings!




: 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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  "Women's football does have its knockers."
Adrian Durham

"Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field."
Radio commentator

"Unless the chairman decides to sack me, I won’t be quitting."
Carlton Palmer

"Robbie Keane's not the second choice, he's my first choice. But Jermain Defoe is as well."
Martin Jol

"I don't want to be either partial or impartial."
Frank McLintock

"Ramires is involved in everything he does."
Graeme Le Saux

"The lads really ran their socks into the ground."
Alex Ferguson

"It's not as good as Adams' challenge, but it's on a par."
Ron Atkinson

 "Derby County won't be pulling up any flowers in the Championship this season."
Radio commentator (Derby finished fourth!)

"Every single seat is absolutely packed."
Ron Jones

"He’ll probably wake up having sleepless nights about that one."
Alan Parry

"He (Michael Owen) is a good goalscorer, not a natural born one - not yet. That takes time."
Glenn Hoddle



As the dictionary definition says if you say something is literally happening then it means that's exactly what is happening - literally! So when Kevin Keegan said "We were literally camped in their half..." what he  was saying was that they actually had the tents up and the camp fire burning on the pitch! A few more things that literally happened -

"In his youth Michael Owen was literally a greyhound."
Jamie Redknapp

"At half time Ardiles said go out there and throw the kitchen sink at them. Spurs are doing that...literally."
Alan Mullery

"They've literally got no players left - and then with 95 minutes gone they score."
Lee Dixon

"There was a lot of physical contact with goalkeepers in those days, and he used to literally kill them.”
Alan Mullery

"He's literally left Ben Haim for dead there."
Jamie Redknapp

"Barcelona have promised their fans they will quite literally play out of their skins tonight."
Clive Tyldesley

"England should literally put Algeria to bed."
Andy Townsend

"Alonso and Sissoko have been picked to literally sit in front of the back four."
Jamie Redknapp

"Nethercott, literally standing in Le Tissier's pocket.”
David Pleat

"Gazza will literally be going through cold turkey for the rest of his life."
Radio commentator

"He had to cut back inside onto his left, because he literally hasn't got a right foot."
Jamie Redknapp

"Every time you pull on an England shirt you are literally under the microscope."
Terry Butcher

"This new ball literally explodes off the players foot."
Jamie Redknapp

"A wonderful David James save, literally in the dying embers of the game."
Jeff Stelling

"Preki, he's literally no right foot."
David Pleat

“The ball was literally glued to the back of his foot, into the back of the net.”
Alan Parry

"He's literally turned him inside out."
Jamie Redknapp

"They scored with the last throw of the dice - literally."
Kevin Keegan

"Thierry Henry, when he came, was literally like a fish up a tree."
Lee Dixon

"Arsenal literally finished the game after 15 minutes."
Ian Wright

"In football they change their manager literally by the day."
Gary Richardson

"They (Andorra) are literally going to park the bus on this one."
David Pleat

"Robinho has been literally non-existent."
Lee Dixon

"That cross to Rooney was literally on a plate."
Jamie Redknapp, perhaps this section should be called Redknappballs!

And a few other sports -

"This is the sort of pitch which literally castrates a bowler."
Trevor Bailey (cricket)

"The ball came back, literally cutting him (Graham Thorpe) in half."
Colin Croft (cricket)

"Paul Harkin literally kicked Wigan to death in the semi-final last week."
Ray French (Rugby League)

"Paula Radcliffe is now literally chasing the clock."
Brendan Foster (athletics)

"I would never write Sri Lanka off - they can literally come out and set the crowd alight."
Michael Browning (cricket)

"We're talking to Frank Bruno this morning and the phones have literally been melting."
ITV presenter (boxing)

"He has literally thrown the kitchen sink at that delivery."
Shaun Udal (cricket)

"On the Lions tour in 1997 Mark Regan and Barry Williams blew up, but it was literally handbags."
Jeremy Guscott (Rugby Union)

"She went off so fast she literally died in the last 50 metres."
Sally Gunnell (athletics)

"Let's hope we can keep the Ashes now. Last time we literally fell apart."
Ashley Giles (cricket)


"He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces"
Ron Atkinson

"I want to win the Nobel Peace Prize - and I'm going to fight as hard as I can to make it happen."

"The underdogs will start favourites for this match."
Craig Brown

"Chris Porter scored his first league goal last week, and he’s done the same this week."
Jeff Stelling

"The game is in a neutral country for both teams."
David Beckham

"Mirandinha will have more shots this afternoon than both sides put together."
Malcolm Macdonald

"If Glenn Hoddle had been any other nationality, he would have had 70 or 80 caps for England."
John Barnes

"I wouldn’t be surprised if this game went all the way to the finish."
Ian St John

"Ireland have won a corner, and it’s in a very good position."
RTE commentator

"It would be foolish to believe that automatic promotion is automatic in any way whatsoever."
Dave Bassett

"That was a inch perfect pass to no one."
Ray Wilkins




Did You Know.....

...The programme with the most unlikely opponents on the cover - try Rushden Salvation Army v Juventus. Yes, the match really took place.

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