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.
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.