"I've told the players we need to win so that I can have the cash to buy some new ones"
Chris Turner, Peterborough manager, before LCQF, 1992
"Tell the Kraut to get his ass up front. We don't pay a million for a guy to hang around in defence."
NY Cosmos executive, on Beckenbauer's positioning
"I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered"
"If we played like that every week we wouldn't be so inconsistent"
Bryan Robson, Man U, 1990.
"That's great, tell him he's Pele and get him back on."
John Lambie, Partick Thistle manager, when told a concussed striker did not know who he was.
"Fulham Football Club seeks a Manager / Genius."
Newspaper ad, 1991.
"Ardiles strokes the ball like it was part of his anatomy."
Jimmy Magee, RTE WC commentator.
"We didn't underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought."
Bobby Robson after England nearly lost to Cameroon, WC 1990.
"We'll still be happy if we lose. It's on at the same time as the Beer Festival."
Niall O'Mahoney, Cork City manager before UEFA Cup game v Bayern Munich.
"It's hard to be passionate twice a week."
George Graham on Arsenal's punishing schedule, 1991.
"The new West Stand casts a giant shadow over the entire pitch, even on a sunny day."
CHRIS JONES, Evening Standard
"What will you do when you leave football, Jack -- will you stay in football?"
STUART HALL, Radio 5 Live
"Unfortunately, we keep kicking ourselves in the foot."
RAY WILKINS, speaking on BBC1
"I've got a gut feeling in my stomach..."
ALAN SUGAR, speaking on BBC1
"I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better."
RON AKTINSON in a TV interview
"Johnson has revelled in the 'hole' behind Dwight Yorke..."
Carling FA Premiership WWW Page
"An inch or two either side of the post and that would have been a goal."
DAVE BASSETT, speaking on Sky Sports
"Both sides have scored a couple of goals, and both sides have conceded a couple of goals."
PETER WITHE, speaking on Radio 5 Live
"You don't score 64 goals in 86 games at the highest level without being able to score goals."
ALAN GREEN, speaking on Radio 5 Live
"What's it like being in Bethlehem, the place where Christmas began? I suppose it's like seeing Ian Wright at Arsenal...."
SIMON FANSHAWE, speaking on Talk Radio
"And we all know that in football if you stand still you go backwards..."
PETER REID, Tyne Tees Sport Special
"I was saying the other day, how often the most vulnerable area for goalies is between their legs..."
ANDY GRAY, Sky Sports
"The lad got over-excited when he saw the whites of the goalpost's eyes."
STEVE COPPELL, Radio 5 Live
"They (Rosenborg) have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them."
BRIAN MOORE, ITV
"If you can't stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen."
TERRY VENABLES, Capital Gold
"The lads really ran their socks into the ground."
"He (Brian Laudrup) wasn't just facing one defender -- he was facing one at the front and one at the back as well."
TREVOR STEVEN, STV
"It's now 1-1, an exact reversal of the score on Saturday."
Radio 5 Live
"...but Arsenal are quick to credit Bergkamp with laying on 75% of their nine goals."
TONY GUBBA, BBC Match of the Day
"...an excellent player, but he (Ian Wright) does have a black side."
GARY LINEKER, BBC
"We say 'educated left foot'... of course, there are many players with educated right foots."
RON JONES, Radio 5 Live
"That's twice now he (Terry Phelan) has got between himself and the goal."
BRIAN MARWOOD, Radio 5 Live
"Mark Hughes at his very best: he loves to feel people right behind him..."
"Football today, it's like a game of chess. It's all about money."
NEWCASTLE UNITED FAN, Radio 5 Live
Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice."
KEVIN KEEGAN, Radio 5 Live
"We threw our dice into the ring and turned up trumps."
BRUCE RIOCH, ITV
"And I suppose they (Spurs) are nearer to being out of the FA Cup now than any other time since the first half of this season, when they weren't ever in it anyway."
JOHN MOTSON, BBC
"... and he crosses the line with the ball almost mesmerically tied to his foot with a ball of string..."
IAN DARKE, Radio 5
"I never make predictions and I never will."
"And there's Ray Clemence looking as cool as ever out in the cold."
"....and the news from Guadalajara where the temperature is 96 degrees, is that Falcao is warming up."
"If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again."
"I'm not a believer in luck..... but I do believe you need it."
"The Uruguayans are losing no time in making a meal around the referee."
"I think that was a moment of cool panic there."
"Beckenbauer really has gambled all his eggs."
"Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve."
"I spent four indifferent years at Goodison Park, but they were great years."
"Souness gave Fleck a second chance and he grabbed it with both feet."
"They have missed so many chances they must be wringing their heads in shame."
"It's headed away by John Clark, using his head."
"Tottenham are trying tonight to become the first London team to win this Cup. The last team to do so was the 1973 Spurs side."
"He's very fast and if he gets a yard ahead of himself nobody will catch him."
"The shot from Laws was precise but wide."
"The game is balanced in Arsenal's favour."
"Merseyside derbies usually last 90 minutes and I'm sure today's won't be any different."
"Many clubs have a question mark in the shape of an axe-head hanging over them."
"Tottenham have impressed me. They haven't thrown in the towel even though they have been under the gun."
You have got to miss them to score sometimes."
"Dumbarton player Steve McCahill has limped off with a badly cut forehead."
"A contract on a piece of paper, saying you want to leave, is like a piece of paper saying you want to leave."
"And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley......unless somebody knocks us out."
"It was that game that put the Everton ship back on the road."
"And Arsenal now have plenty of time to dictate the last few seconds."
"Bobby Robson must be thinking of throwing some fresh legs on."
"What makes this game so delightful is that when both teams get the ball they are attacking their opponents goal."
"Celtic were at one time nine points ahead, but somewhere along the road, their ship went off the rails."
"That's football, Mike, Northern Ireland have had several chances and haven't scored but England have had no chances and scored twice."
"...and so they have not been able to improve their 100% record."
"In terms of the Richter Scale this defeat was a force eight gale."
"In comparison, there's no comparison."
"I would also think that the action replay showed it to be worse than it actually was."
"Mirandinha will have more shots this afternoon than both sides put together."
"Newcastle, of course, unbeaten in their last five wins."
"Football's not like an electric light. You can't just flick the switch and change from quick to slow."
"Certain people are for me and certain people are pro me."
"I'm going to make a prediction - it could go either way."
"And with 4 minutes gone, the score is already 0-0."
"They have got their feet on the ground and if they stay that way they will go places."
"Being naturally right-footed he doesn't often chance his arm with his left foot."
"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer."
"What I said to them at half time would be unprintable on the radio"
"If we played like this every week, we wouldn't be so inconsistant"
Bryan Robson (1990)
"John Harkes going to Sheffield, Wednesday."
New York Post (1993)
"If there weren't such a thing as football, we'd all be frustrated footballers."
"He's one of those footballers whose brains are in his head"
Derek Johnstone - BBC TV Scotland (1994)
"The crowd think that Todd handled the ball.... they must have seen something that nobody else did"
Barry Davies (1975)
"I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel"
Stuart Pearce (1992)
"They compare Steve McManaman to Steve Highway and he's nothing like him, but I can see why - it's because he's a bit different"
"Glen Hoddle hasn't been the Hoddle we know. Neither has Bryan Robson"
"There's no way Ryan Giggs is another George Best. He's another Ryan Giggs"
"The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we come from the same place..play for the same club..and were discovered by the same man"
"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat"
Ron Atkinson (1979)
"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip"
John Motson - BBC TV
"I don't think there is anybody bigger or smaller than Maradona"
Jimmy Hill: "Don't sit on the fence Terry, what chance do you think Germany has got of getting through?"
Terry Venables: "I think it's fifty - fifty"