The Irrepressible Bobby Robson – Some Classic Quotes

For our long-term readers you may remember we used to have a few football quotes each day from football personalities – quotes that just made no sense.

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John Carver and Bobby – while at Newcastle

Then to add a bit of spice we added a pin-up in there to go with the quotes.

But Newsnow didn’t think that was appropriate for a football blog so we ended the whole thing.

We thought it would be fitting, before today’s game at Ipswich, if we listed some of Bobby Robson’s more famous quotes – most of which he made when he was at Newcastle, from 1999 until 2004.

There are some classics:

“We put some good subs on to hang onto the fort.”

“Manchester United dropped points, Liverpool dropped points, Chelsea dropped points, Everton dropped points, so in a way we haven’t lost anything at all really, although we dropped all three.”

“I’m not going to look beyond the semi-final – but I would love to lead Newcastle out at the final.”

“We didn’t underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.”

“Eighteen months ago Sweden were arguably one of the best three teams in Europe, and that would include Germany, Holland, Russia and anybody else if you like.”

“He never fails to hit the target. But that was a miss.’”

“In a year’s time, he’s a year older.”

“Nobby Solano discharged himself from hospital after the Tottenham game and he’s driving, living the life and aware of who he is.”

“We can’t replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?”

“If you count your chickens before they’ve hatched, they won’t lay an egg.”

“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.”

“Football’s like a big market place, and people go to the market every day to buy their vegetables.”

“No team won anything without a dodgy keeper.”

“The first ninety minutes of a football match are the most important.”

“Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”(speaking after the game in which Newcastle beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 in his home debut as manager at St. James’ Park).

“He’s very fast and if he gets a yard ahead of himself nobody will catch him.”

“We’ve dropped two points against Ipswich and I mean that sincerely.”

“We’ve got great speed in the team, not just Gary Speed, but great speed!”

“We’re flying on Concorde. That’ll shorten the distance. That’s self-explanatory.”


The great Bobby Robson – he was an inspiration to us all –  God rest his soul.

11 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    No doubt about it, Bobby Robson was a class act.

    Newcastle have never reached the heights he achieved since they sacked him. A great loss to all of football.

  • Steve_48

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Great man, inspirational to all, God Bless Bob, but please can you sort 3 points for Toon this afternon please 😉

  • Big Dave

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    SBR was in a different league my fav was his name for strolla Carl Cort classic

  • Ross

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    A footballing legend and a true gentleman, still hasnt fully sunk in that he’s not with us anymore i dont think.
    Reading these quotes just reiterates what a legend he really was. It got to the point where you’d almost expect him to come up with something amusing, it being made even funnier by the fact that 95% of the time, he didnt even realise. All he cared about within the game, was the game and getting the best out of his players. Something we havent seen since he was quite shockingly relieved of his duties, at SJP.

    That w@nker Keane will have his lads really fired up for today. With the whole occasion, the fact they’re absolutly desperate for points and the fact they’re playing us, i’m expecting a tough one where form goes out the window to be honest. We vitally need to come away with 3 points however.

    Maybe when they up to our bit and we unveil our statue/new stand in honour of Sir Bobby things will be diffe…..Ah, textbook Ashley and co.

  • Ross

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Big Dave-forgot to mention that in my last post, as being my favourite Sir Bobby moment ever.

    “So Shola, do the lads at newcastle have any nicknames for you that you’ll take to the england camp?”

    “, not really..they just call me Shola”

    “well..what does Bobby Robson call you?”

    “….Carl Cort!”, priceless!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Love the quote from Shola after he came into the team for the first time.
    Some journos were asking him how he pronounced his surname and after he told them they asked him jokingly what Bobby Robson called him. Quick as a flash Shola said “Carl Cort”!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Ah Ross – you beat me to it – but what a gem!

  • Thump

    Sep 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    LOL @ Cart Cort

  • Shanghaitoon

    Sep 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Never had such a good laugh for ages!! Excellent!! What a guy!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #10

    The one I heard the other night was about when he was England Manager and told his sidekick on the touchline that he wanted Gary Stevens to warm up. Then when he saw Garry Stevens running the touchline he said “No! The other Gary Stevens!” (Trevor Steven)

  • Jordie 1966

    Sep 26, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Carl Cort………….Priceless LOL


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