Sport Quotes 2006

Quotes of the Year (stolen from BBC Sport)

If sport is not your thing, just move along and don't moan!

"She shouldn't be here. I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. This is not park football, so what are women doing here? If you start bringing in women you have big problems. It is tokenism for the politically correct idiots."
Luton manager Mike Newell blames assistant referee Amy Rayner for the 3-2 defeat by QPR.

"If we are not careful we will be playing in high heels and skirts and playing netball. It is so frustrating."
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, another 'new man', is not impressed with referee Howard Webb after his side's Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool.

"Next time I'll learn to dive maybe, but I'm not a woman."
Thierry Henry's views on Barcelona after Arsenal's Champions League final defeat.

"There were a couple of girls shouting at me from the floor. At first I thought they fancied me but then I worked out they were shouting at me to miss. I don't really listen to women when they shout at me. If I was at home with the wife I'd just go to the bedroom and ignore her."
Peter Manley, runner-up in the PDC World Darts Championship - and evidently living in the 1950s.

"He is almost a Yorkshireman with a Portuguese accent."
Warnock on Mourinho.

"Places like this are the soul of English football. The crowd is magnificent, saying '**** off Mourinho' and so on."
Mourinho revels in the abuse he received from Blades fans at Bramall Lane.

"My big dislike is traffic jams and that's why I'm going to live in Cornwall when I retire. The only traffic jam there is when the tractor pulls up at the post office."
Warnock on why he didn't take the Chelsea job when he was offered it by Ken Bates in 1991.

"The worst thing about playing Chelsea is having to listen to Mourinho afterwards."
Barcelona defender Edmilson.

"It's seven years today, my anniversary, and it was my birthday yesterday - it's been a great weekend for me. I better be careful with the missus otherwise I will probably put her in the club!"
Warnock celebrates seven years as Sheffield United boss with a 2-1 win against Charlton.

Some Commentators' Classics:

"Snakes on a plane? What's that all about?"
ITV's Andy Townsend, when asked about the film Snakes on a Plane on Talksport.

"Most managers would give their right arm for a European Cup, and Bob Paisley had three."
Football Focus presenter Manish Bhasin.

"The sight is in end."
TV commentator David Pleat gets in a muddle during the Champions League final. Minutes later, Barcelona equalised against Arsenal.

"Will Andrew Strauss have a pull or will he put it away for a while?"
Nasser Hussein pondering whether Andrew Strauss would show a bit of self-discipline in his second innings in Brisbane.

"Scholes walks away a bit gingerly."
David Pleat after Paul Scholes had been hurt during Man Utd's Champions League game against Celtic.

"People need to understand what kind of goldfish Wayne Rooney lives in."
Graham Taylor on Rooney.

Commentator: "Did you ever have a lucky charm Graham?" Graham Taylor: "Yes, my wife. But I never laid her on the touchline."
Taylor on Stuart Pearce's daughter's toy horse, which he had been placing on the touchline.

"Where did you get the nickname Dickie Dosh from?"
Ray Stubbs to Walsall manager Richard Money.

"And the winner of the women's race was Deena Kastor with a time of 2 minutes 20."
Sue Barker declares the bionic woman the winner of the London Marathon.

Best of the Rest:

"We went to watch a show - Billy Joel. Half of the foreign lads weren't quite sure who Billy Joel was, but I enjoyed it anyway. For the Charlton game I'll really punish them - I'll take them to see Mamma Mia."
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp celebrates the 3-1 win over Fulham in unconventional style.

"I think he is taking everyone for a ride. It's fairyland. And given that we are not Snow White and the Seven Dwarves I think that what he did was unsporting and against everything."
Renault boss Flavio Briatore accuses Michael Schumacher of unsporting behaviour to deny Fernando Alonso pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix. We all know Shumacher is a cheat!

"I hear Peter Ebdon swims a mile every day. That means that in a year he could be 365 miles away. That is the best that we can hope for after this. If this was a boxing match it would have been stopped on Sunday night to spare the fans any more punishment."
Snooker promoter Barry Hearn on the tedious World Championship final between Ebdon and Graeme Dott.

"It's been harder this year, Liverpool have got better, Man U have got better, Arsenal have got better, and Tottenham have joined the quartet of five teams."
Chelsea's Joe Cole celebrates winning the title against Man Utd - you do the math.

"It would have been a great week if we could have turned the scoreboard upside down!"
Spaniard Sergio Garcia after finishing second from bottom in the Masters.

"I think they are disingenuous. Their behaviour doesn't surprise me - they sell d***os for a living."
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan on Birmingham owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

"There's no problem with Jermain. I wouldn't swap him for Miss World - he would probably swap me for Miss World though."
Martin Jol on Jermain Defoe's future.

"You have to take it on the chin - or in my case, chins!"
Steve Bruce reacts to Birmingham's 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool in the FA Cup.

"Our lads all wore black armbands in training. We were going to have a minute's silence, but Jimmy Bullard couldn't keep quiet that long."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell on the disappointment of seeing Alan Mahon go on loan to Burnley.

"I'm not the biggest fan of Elvis Presley. He's all right, he gets the job done. But he's not quite 50 Cent or Eminem."
Andy Murray disses The King.

"Don't be fooled by the way I look. People say you eventually start to grow to look like the missus but I wouldn't be that unkind to my Sandra."
Harry Redknapp.

"He taught me a new phrase because he said he was 'over the moon' to be back at Liverpool and I had never heard that before."
Robbie Fowler impresses new Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez with his wide-ranging vocabulary.

"You only have to fart in the box to concede a penalty these days."
Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell bemoans a penalty decision given against them.

"I started right after the competition by going to a pub and taking two shots of vodka. After that, I don't know if what has been said is true or not."
Swedish shot putter Jimmy Nordin, who was kicked off his country's European Championship team for being drunk.

"The players have got plenty of food in the dressing room so he couldn't have been hungry!"
West Ham keeper Robert Green attempts to defuse the Jermain Defoe bite row.


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