The greater the number of monosyllabic players selected the more successful the side
will be. The 1966 side had 6 monosyllabic players. The 1970 side also had 6 which
was weakened when Banks was substituted for the trisyllabic Bonnetti and got beat
3-2 by West Germany. The side should be filled with Smith, Jones, Ince, Wise and
Bull. The 1950 side that lost 1-0 to USA had 2 trisyllabic names Mortenson and Dickinson.
Argentina appear to win with Olarticoecha, but not England.
I can cope with being thrown out of the Labour Party. I can cope with losing my job
with Knowsley Council, but I can’t cope with Liverpool beating Everton 4-1 and Ian
Rush scoring a hatrick.
We are mystified. We’ve gone over it time and time again on the video and, if you
take away their five goals, there was nothing between the teams.
Terry Hibbit, after Wolves were beaten 5-0 at home by Watford.
We might find him a place. He will stand the same chance as any other prisoner.
Malcolm Holman, football coach at Ford Open Prison FC (West Sussex League) on George
How could I avoid being player of the year playing behind our defence?
Pat Jennings, Spurs and Ireland goalkeeper presented with the Footballer of the Year
trophy at the Football Writers dinner.
Yurgggh! Der stod Ingelland. Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Winston Churchill! Henry
Cooper! Clement Atlee! Anthony Eden! Lady Diana! Der stod dem all! Der stod dem all!
Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? Can you hear me, Maggie? Your boys take one hell
of a beating tonight.
Borg Lillelien. Norwegian World Cup commentator on Norway's 2-1 defeat of England.
The nice aspect about football is that, if things go wrong, it’s the manager that
gets the blame.
Gary Lineker on assuming captaincy of England
When it was all over, I felt it couldn’t have gone to a better man. There were no
recriminations in our dressing room. I don’t think a bullet would have stopped Stan
in the last twenty minutes.
Nat Lofthouse on the 1953 FA Cup Final Blackpool FC v Bolton Wanderers which Blackpool
He's a non-smoking, non-drinking Scotsman. The first I've ever met.
Willie Maddren, Middlesborough manager on new signing Bernie Slaven.
The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona.
Diego Maradona, 1986 World Cup goal v England
We blasted the English pirates with Maradona and a little hand. He who robs a thief
has a thousand years pardon.
Cronica newspaper, Beunos Aires