64 Bobby Robson Quotes To Make Newcastle And Ipswich Fans Laugh

Actually it's 63 funny ones and one sensible one.
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Actually it's 63 funny ones and one sensible one.

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

63. “We are all in the same bucket.”

62. “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”

61. “No team won anything without a dodgy keeper.”

60. “Everyone's got tough games coming up. Manchester United have got Arsenal, Arsenal have got Manchester United and Leeds have got Leeds.”

59. “Well, we got nine and you can't score more than that.”

58. “Don’t ask me what a typical Brazilian is because I don’t know what a typical Brazilian is. But Romario was a typical Brazilian.”

57. “They've probably played better than they've ever done for a few weeks.”

56. “Yeading was a potential banana blip for Newcastle.”

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

54. “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.”

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

52. “Paolo Di Canio is capable of scoring the goal he scored.”

51. “I said to the lads at halftime, I said, there was nothing to say.”

50. “Manchester United will find it very intimidating with 100 screaming fans in the Bernabeu.”

49. “Anything from 1-0 to 2-0 would be a nice result.”

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

47. “Practice makes permanent.”

46. “One day, someone will end a football game scoring more than Brazil. This might be the time that they lose.”

45. “Steve Hodge has been unfit for two weeks… well, no, for 14 days.”

44. “Until we’re out of the Champions’ League we’re still in it.”

43. “Everton will want to sedate Wayne Rooney and keep the boy calm, and that is the right thing to do.”

42. “The tickets are selling like cream cakes.”

41. “I played cricket for my local village. It was 40 overs per side, and the team that had the most runs won. It was that sort of football.”

40. “The margin is very marginal.”

39. Bobby to Bryan Robson: “Morning Bobby!”

Bryan Robson: “No gaffer, you're Bobby, I'm Bryan.”

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

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

36. “Jermaine Jenas is a fit lad. He gets from box to box in all of 90 minutes.”

35. “We mustn't be despondent. We don't have to play them every week, although we do play them next week as it happens."

34. “I would have given my right arm to be a pianist.”

33. “Tottenham have impressed me: they haven't thrown in the towel even though they have been under the gun.”

32. “Sarajevo isn't Hawaii.”

31. “He’s not the Carl Cort that we know he is.”

30. When asked if Gazza should go to the 1998 World Cup in France: "We're taking 22 players to Italy, sorry, to Spain... where are we, Jim?"

29. “The first 90 minutes are the most important.”

28. “With Maradona, even Arsenal would have won the World Cup.”

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

26. “We've got nothing to lose, and there's no point losing this game.”

25. “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.”

24. “I'd say he's the best in Europe, if you put me on the fence.”

23. When asked why he refused to name his England team before a World Cup qualifier: “Hitler didn't tell us when he was going to send over those doodlebugs, did he?”

22. “Some of the goals were good, some of the goals were sceptical.”

21. “Denis Law once kicked me at Wembley in front of the Queen in an international. I mean, no man is entitled to do that, really.”

20. “We didn't get the rub of the dice.”

19. “When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm, a bit like you go through a supermarket.”

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

17. “Home advantage gives you an advantage.”

16. “Titus looks like Tyson when he strips off in the dressing room, except he doesn't bite and he has a great tackle.”

15. “They’re two points behind us, so we're neck and neck.”

14. “Football never surprises you and it never sometimes demoralises you.”

13. On Paul Parker: “The little lad jumped like a salmon and tackled like a ferret.”

12. “I'm here to say goodbye - maybe not goodbye, but farewell.”

11. “Manchester United dropped points, Liverpool dropped points, Chelsea dropped points, Everton dropped points, so in a way we have not lost anything at all really, although we dropped all three.”

10. “Look at those olive trees! They're 200 years old - from before the time of Christ.”

9. “Ray Wilkins' day will come one night.”

8. Alan Brazil: “I'm delighted to say we've got Sir Bobby Robson on the end of the phone, fresh from getting his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. Bobby, terrific news.”

Bobby: “What is?”

Brazil: “You know, getting the old sword on the shoulder from Prince Charlie.”

Bobby: “Eh? [Long pause] Oh yeah... well, it was a day I'll never forget.”

7. "I do want to play the short ball and I do want to play the long ball. I think long and short balls is what football is all about."

6. “They can't be monks - we don't want them to be monks, we want them to be football players because a monk doesn't play football at this level.”

5. “Micky Mills is just Micky Mills and he’s been Micky Mills since the year dot.”

4. “Their football was exceptionally good - and they played some good football.”

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

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

And finally, one moment when the late, great Sir Bobby made perfect sense…

1. “What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up the stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him, and without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

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