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Chris Charles | 10:13 UK time, Wednesday, 23 December 2009

It only seems like yesterday when England were hammering Germany, Jonny Wilkinson was planting 'that' kick between the posts and Roy Keane was launching into a tirade - actually that probably was only yesterday.

To mark the end of the decade, I was handed the task of trawling through the archives to collate the words of wisdom from the great and the good (and the not so great and good) of our sporting folk.

In part one we look at what was being said between 2000-2004, with the rest of the best of the decade appearing next week. So without further ado, off we go - and what more fitting way to begin than with the inimitable Bobby Robson...

"I'd have given my right arm to be a pianist."
Newcastle boss Bobby Robson when asked what would have been his dream job outside of football.
Sir Bobby RobsonSir Bobby Robson - legend

"He's always in there looking to miss. By that I mean he's always looking to score, but if he misses he's not afraid of going in there again."
Bobby thought Alan Shearer was very hit and miss.

"Maybe in this circumstance, I'll hold my hands up and say 'Naivety' but, at the end of the day, I haven't killed anybody."
Leicester's Stan Collymore after letting off a fire extinguisher at the club's training camp in La Manga, Spain.

"I'm undisputed and there's no disputing that."
Lennox Lewis as he prepared to defend his heavyweight titles won from Evander Holyfield.

"He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right."
George Best's verdict on David Beckham.

"Being thick isn't an affliction if you're a footballer because your brains need to be in your feet. And Beckham treats a football like he does a wife - lovingly, with caresses."
Brian Clough had different ideas.

"After having studied the whole unsavoury incident on 43 occasions, including slow-motion replays, we have decided against implementing a rule that spectators should remain clothed at all times."
A statement from World Indoor Championship Bowls officials after the sport gained its first streaker in the shape of Tracy Seargeant.

"It is completely dead out there. I've been phoning myself up and disguising my voice just for a bit of interest."
QPR manager Gerry Francis on the lack of activity in the transfer window.

"I want your heart. I want to eat your children. I want to rip out his heart and feed it to him."
Mike Tyson's heart-felt plea to Lennox Lewis after beating Lou Savarese.

"At home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch. I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell football, never mind understand it."
Manchester United skipper Roy Keane and the legendary prawn sandwich comment.

"The cannabis may have helped relax them. Even the hooligans enjoyed the party."
Dutch police spokesman on the good behaviour of England fans at the Euro 2000 match against Portugal - in contrast to the alcohol-fuelled riots in Belgium.

"I didn't play many games for Middlesbrough towards the end of the season - or at the start or the middle."
Paul Gascoigne on his move from Middlesbrough to Everton.

"I don't really like the north. It's always raining. It's very cold and I don't like all those little houses."
West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute on why he preferred the the south of England.

"This can only help England's cause."
Ian Botham on the two-week appointment of Geoff Boycott to coach young Pakistan batsmen.

"I can't really tell you that, but my girlfriend's down here and we went back to the hotel - say no more!"
Paul Hunter, snooker's B&H Masters winner, hinted at why his form improved dramatically during the final.

"Who won?"
A confused Lennox Lewis after being knocked down by Hasim Rahman to lose his heavyweight titles.

"I would ask Donald Duck if I thought he could help me."
European Ryder Cup team skipper Sam Torrance ahead of the tournament, which was eventually postponed because of the 9/11 attacks.

"I ran like a lemon and lemons don't run."
British 400m runner Daniel Caines after a poor performance in Seville.
Goran Ivanisevic after winning WimbledonGoran Ivanisevic after winning Wimbledon
"If some angel comes to me in my sleep and says 'Goran you are going to win Wimbledon but you are not able to touch the racket ever again in your life', I would say OK I will never play tennis again."
Goran Ivanisevic had a vision ahead of his stunning Wimbledon triumph.

"How are England going to win in Germany? It hasn't happened for 100 years. I have no doubts whatsoever that Germany will quite clearly thrash England. They will easily qualify for the World Cup with this match."
Germany's Uli Hoeness ahead of the World Cup qualifier which England won 5-1.

"I know I asked for patience, but I didn't mean that much!"
England coach Sven Goran Eriksson after his side left it until the last minute - courtesy of David Beckham's free-kick - to clinch World Cup qualification with a 2-2 draw against Greece.

"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."
Different year, same man imparting his words of wisdom. Bobby Robson on the disciplinary problems at Newcastle.

"I didn't have time to brush my teeth or have a shave - and for the first couple of frames I didn't have any underpants on."
Snooker player Graeme Dott, who missed the start of his China Open match against Welshman Darren Morgan when he overslept.

"I may be older than Rubens, but I will never be as ugly."
Eddie Irvine's response after Rubens Barrichello labelled him 'old' for not moving out of the way during the San Marino Grand Prix.

"I would buy some bad players, get the sack and then retire to Cornwall."
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock when asked what he would do if he were manager of rivals Wednesday.

"I just led them to the water - and they drank copiously."
Captain Sam Torrance played down his own contribution towards Europe's thrilling Ryder Cup victory at The Belfry.

"I hope I don't come across as bitter and twisted, but that man (Mick McCarthy) can rot in hell for all I care."
Roy Keane, not bitter and twisted following his acrimonious World Cup exit.

"I'd rather buy a Bob the Builder CD for my two-year-old son."
Jason McAteer when asked if he would buy Keane's controversial autobiography.
Ronaldo celebrates World Cup final goal
Ronaldo celebrates World Cup final goal
"I'm sure sex wouldn't be as rewarding as winning the World Cup. It's not that sex isn't good but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not."
The original Ronaldo after helping Brazil to victory with his two goals in the final.

"It was very sweet to see Argentina go out. It was just a shame that we couldn't have knocked them out directly ourselves. If we see them on their coach on the way home, we will give them a wave!"
Teddy Sheringham refused to get too upset by Argentina's early exit from the World Cup.

"Expectations are very high. Even when I sneeze people ask why I sneeze."
Sachin Tendulkar on the pressure of being an idol.

"If I had a kebab shop, I wouldn't let them run it."
Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis after the Football League lost their case against the doomed ITV Digital network.

"To put it in gentleman's terms, if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, you've done what you set out to do. We didn't look our best today but we've pulled. Some weeks the lady is good looking and some weeks they're not. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She may not have been the best looking lady we ended up taking home but it was still very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much and let's have coffee."
QPR boss Ian Holloway came up with the quote of the century to describe his team's lacklustre performance against Chesterfield.

"It was only a matter of time before they got fit and after that it's like riding a bike - or making love to a beautiful woman - you never forget."
Blackburn manager Graeme Souness did his best Swiss Toni impression when talking about the form of strikers Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

"We're in a dog-fight, so the fight in the dog will get us through - and we'll fight."
Sir Bobby Robson after Newcastle suffered a third successive defeat.

"It's over, forget about it, it's gone. We've enjoyed the ride, brilliant. We've paid the money, got the ride, got off the tramcar - let's go again."
Sir Bobby on his side's Champions League exit.

"I raced round the store and finally found her in the fizzy drinks aisle. I told her Jonny had got the winning kick. She just came over to me, flung her arms around me and burst into tears."
Tesco vegetable counter assistant Marie Haddon, who broke the news to Jonny Wilkinson's mother, Philippa, that her son had won the World Cup for England.

"I've had a text from granny - she's going to throw a party for you!"
What Prince Harry told England star Mike Tindall after they had won the Rugby World Cup.
Jonny Wilkinson and Martin JohnsonThe heroes of 2003

"I went to the bank the other day and got a standing ovation."
Jason Leonard on how life changed after winning the Cup.

"I knew it wasn't going to be our day when I arrived at Links Park and found that we had a woman running the line. She should be at home making the tea or the dinner for her man who comes in after he has been to the football."
Albion boss Peter Hetherston on lineswoman Morag Pirie after his side lost to Montrose.

"It's like watching God."
Alan McManus bowed down to Ronnie O'Sullivan after seeing him compile another 147 break at The Crucible.

"It was a freakish incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn't happen again. If I could I would have carried on playing!"
Sir Alex Ferguson on the flying boot that hit David Beckham in the face.

"The man is United - cut him and he bleeds red."
Alan Brazil's priceless evaluation of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Gary Lineker: "So Gordon, if you were English, what formation would you play?"
Gordon Strachan: "If I was English I'd top myself!"
Pundit Strachan showed just why the BBC hired him for Euro 2004.

"We were prepared to fight George Foreman - and we got George Formby!"
Bradford Bulls coach Brian Noble after his side crushed a St Helens side missing 11 first-team regulars.

"Don't make me laugh! It's the WBF belt - I heard they are giving them away with five litres of petrol down at Texaco."
Herbie Hide's reaction to the news that Audley Harrison had won the world WBF heavyweight title.

"At half-time I walked off and said to Derek Fazackerley: 'Where's the nearest job centre?"
Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan after watching his side go 3-0 down with 10 men against Spurs in the FA Cup. City came back to win 4-3.

"Every dog has its day - and today is woof day! Today I just want to bark."
Ian Holloway on his side's promotion-winning victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

"Hello my sharks, welcome to the funeral."
Claudio Ranieri to the press before Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg with Monaco.
Michael Schumacher Schumacher in his Ferrari heyday
"Why are you always in red? Is it your lucky colour?"
Local journalist to Ferrari's Michael Schumacher before the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix.

"I like visiting Silverstone - it's a reminder of what racing was like in the 1950s."
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had a dig at Silverstone - just for a change.

"I threw the kitchen sink at him but he went to the bathroom and threw back the tub!"
Beaten Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick on his conqueror Roger Federer.

"He's the only man I know who could start an argument with himself."
Last word to Sir Bobby Robson - and his assessment of Craig Bellamy.

If you want to contribute any quotes of your own - or if you hear any decent quotes/chants/stadium announcements over the festive period - add them on the bottom or use the postform. Merry Christmas!

Festive offerings from the BBC on the end of the sporting year/decade:

5 live:
23 December: 'The Sporting Decade' - Mark Pougatch and a panel of experts debate the greatest sporting achievement of the decade.

Christmas Eve: 8.00pm-10.00pm: Matt Dawson reviews the year of sport.
Christmas Day: 7.00pm-8.00pm: Phil Tufnell looks back at England's Ashes-winning summer.

World Service:
Between Christmas Eve evening and the early hours of Boxing Day, Lee James looks back on 2009 and ahead to 2010 in a number of pre-recorded programmes.
The WS Sports Review of the Year goes out during Sportsworld on 27 December.


  • 1. At 12:09pm on 23 Dec 2009, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    Brilliant! Good old Bobby Robson - legend of a bloke - and I don't say that about people in the public eye much. RIP Sir Bob.

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  • 2. At 12:17pm on 23 Dec 2009, Danny wrote:

    The best as got to be Ian Holloways bit about the birds, pure genius. Give that man an award.

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  • 3. At 12:25pm on 23 Dec 2009, mickydint wrote:

    Roy Keane has got to be the angriest man on the planet!

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  • 4. At 12:35pm on 23 Dec 2009, Najibrasooli wrote:

    There is not any quote from José Mourinho who has number of interesting ones.

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  • 5. At 12:39pm on 23 Dec 2009, SimplyZola wrote:

    Brilliant part I. Cant wait for part II, I suspect part II will contain a plethora of Jose Mourinho quotes.

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  • 6. At 12:51pm on 23 Dec 2009, Craig wrote:

    There is not any quote from José Mourinho who has number of interesting ones

    maybe because he managed chelsea 2004-7?!?!

    he will be in part two i'm sure :)

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  • 7. At 12:53pm on 23 Dec 2009, redandblackT-Save 606 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 8. At 1:02pm on 23 Dec 2009, MartinRichardson wrote:

    Ian Holloway - Funniest football manager ever! Also Paul Hunter what a sad end to what was going to be a brilliant career. R.I.P

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  • 9. At 1:12pm on 23 Dec 2009, Gunner Do you All wrote:

    What a great year of sport-I'm just annoyed I spent so much of it in pubs watching all the major games that it's all a bit of a blur!! I'm not a alki by the way-well I hope not!!lol

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  • 10. At 1:22pm on 23 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    See at the finals,Jose will come strong.The quote of the decade will belong to him. The special one. Very soon to be our manager.

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  • 11. At 1:27pm on 23 Dec 2009, collie21 wrote:

    Well for 5 years it's not a lot of quotes....I am pretty sure in reading back on the quotes of the week every week for 5 years there was funnier out there :-)

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  • 12. At 1:31pm on 23 Dec 2009, resistance1984 wrote:

    Ian Holloway's one from 2003 is the best so far. However I expect some close competition from Jose Mourinho in Part 2. I bet the one about eggs and omelettes will certainly be there.

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  • 13. At 1:44pm on 23 Dec 2009, evolving22 wrote:

    Generally QoW are amusing especially when the commentators mix their metaphors, but funniest are the Chants of the Week, rude outrageous and pithy,chants of the week consistently raise a belly laugh and hammer the quotes almost every time.
    How about Chants of the Decade with a vote??

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  • 14. At 2:08pm on 23 Dec 2009, soul_ire wrote:

    ahhh gordon strachan never fails to deliver.
    best one from him tho was "Gordon, can we have a quick word please?" Strachan: "Velocity" [walks off]

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  • 15. At 2:10pm on 23 Dec 2009, johnno1964 wrote:

    Favourite for me is the World Bowls quote - interesting how many times they had to view that!!!!

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  • 16. At 2:33pm on 23 Dec 2009, bendirs wrote:

    Best sports quote of the decade, bar none - former British and European super-featherweight champion Alex Arthur on why he, and not economist and fellow Scot Adam Smith, should have been the new face of the £20 note:

    "No disrespect to Adam Smith, he created a great piece of work studying the rise of industry and commercial development in Europe and making the case for free markets. But come on, I'm the first ever Scottish fighter to win the British and European super-featherweight titles."

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  • 17. At 2:38pm on 23 Dec 2009, I dont want a display name wrote:

    7. redandblackT1899 wrote:
    Nothing from that jackass Jose?Thank goodness!

    Immediately after
    6. Craig wrote:
    maybe because he managed chelsea 2004-7

    Who's the jackass, redandblack?

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  • 18. At 2:45pm on 23 Dec 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Charlsie, good work sir...

    Holloway, superb... i think your asesment of quote of the century is about right, i don't see 'owt topping that!

    Good luck to the super-hoops...

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  • 19. At 2:52pm on 23 Dec 2009, antpatrickson23 wrote:

    Another Bobby Robson gem....
    Reporter to Shola Ameobi "Does Bobby Robson have any nick-names for you?"
    Shola to reporter "Yes, Carl Cort"

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  • 20. At 3:15pm on 23 Dec 2009, knee_high wrote:

    "statistics are like mini skirts - they give you good ideas but hide the most important things"
    Then Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl when told that Arild Stavrum was statistically better than Henrik Larsson (2001)

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  • 21. At 3:18pm on 23 Dec 2009, PaulyBoy wrote:

    19. At 2:52pm on 23 Dec 2009, antpatrickson23 wrote:
    Another Bobby Robson gem....
    Reporter to Shola Ameobi "Does Bobby Robson have any nick-names for you?"
    Shola to reporter "Yes, Carl Cort"



    Slightly less topical, coming from Italia 90, when Sir Bobby was waiting to get into a lift, he saw captain Marvel himself, Bryan Robson,

    "Hi Bobby," said Bobby absent-mindedly.

    "No, I'm Bryan, you're Bobby," replied Bryan.


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  • 22. At 3:38pm on 23 Dec 2009, Steve Bray wrote:

    This is all very well but the decade hasn't finished yet, there's another 12 months to go!
    Remember, a decade must finish with a zero, so 2010 is the end of the decade NOT 2009. It started on 1st January 2001 and will end on 31st December 2010.

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  • 23. At 3:56pm on 23 Dec 2009, knee_high wrote:

    that may be Mr Bray, but I presume you still celebrated the end of the millenium just after 1999, when there was still another year to go for the 2000th year to be over.

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  • 24. At 4:11pm on 23 Dec 2009, av it wrote:

    "It is completely dead out there. I've been phoning myself up and disguising my voice just for a bit of interest."
    QPR manager Gerry Francis on the lack of activity in the transfer window.

    Sorry to be picky but when Gerry Francis was QPR manager the transfer window didn't exist.

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  • 25. At 4:29pm on 23 Dec 2009, GunnerWinItNow wrote:

    Another gem from the genius Bobby Robson

    "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..."

    Couldn't agree more, though my former Math teacher wouldn't, preferring to argue with a football god, Bobby Robson, rest in peace.

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  • 26. At 4:34pm on 23 Dec 2009, Roger Barnes wrote:

    Another Gordon Strachan gem is:

    Question: Gordon, where did it all go wrong?

    Answer: On that big green thing out there!

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  • 27. At 5:06pm on 23 Dec 2009, bookthelegend wrote:

    22. Steve Bray

    Absolute Tosh - so 1980 was in the '70s and 1990 was in the 80's??

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  • 28. At 5:07pm on 23 Dec 2009, Steve Bray wrote:

    Hello knee_high

    No, I didn't, but the rest of the world did - all a year early; just do the math.

    It's a bit like global warming; just because you're told it's all your fault it doesn't mean it's true!

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  • 29. At 5:26pm on 23 Dec 2009, I love a heated debate wrote:

    The Bobby Robson, Shola Ameobi quote was:

    Reporter (to Shola Ameobi) - 'That's an interesting name, where did it come from?'

    Shola: 'Er, me parents!'

    Reporter: 'Oh, well do you have any nicknames?'

    Shola: 'Not really'

    Reporter: 'So what does Bobby Robson call you?'

    Shola: 'Carl Cort!'

    Heard it live on the radio and peed myself! Absolutely classic.

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  • 30. At 5:27pm on 23 Dec 2009, knee_high wrote:

    Bookthe legend - Steve is right when concerning the end of a decade - the calendar year AD (which we use) started in year 1 - not year 0 - so the end of a ten year cycle is 10, 20, 30 (but we use it as the start of a new decade, which would mean the first decade only had nine years - you follow). We celebrated 2000 years when it had only been 1999 complete years.

    I believe I am correct Steve - however, impatience is my virtue and i love all these compilation lists, regardless of actual time frame!

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  • 31. At 6:07pm on 23 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi Chris.

    Feeling a bit better mate?

    The former manager of your club (Ian Holloway) could probably fill the whole page with his super quotes, that guy cracks me up, I thought it was a shame when his blog on this site stopped.

    Best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season and a Merry Christmas to all the posters and readers.

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  • 32. At 6:16pm on 23 Dec 2009, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    i'm afraid the pedantic gentlemen are right...but nobody paid me the slightest attention in late 99 either. can't wait for 'arry redknapp and the special one in part two!

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  • 33. At 6:31pm on 23 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    1.The 100th year of the 20th Century and last year of the 2nd Millennium was definitely and indisputably 2000.

    2.The 1st year of the first decade of the 21st Century and of the 3rd Millennium was definitely and indisputably 2001 - obviously. The clue is in the number '1'.

    3.The 10th and last year of the first decade of the 21st century will be 2010 - obviously. The clue is in the number '10'.

    4.The last day of the first decade of the 21st century and 3rd millennium will definitely and indisputably be December 31st 2010.

    There is an ongoing concerted and fraudulent effort by the BBC and other major media players to deny these facts for cynical commercial branding and packaging purposes. This is an abuse of their position of information stream control domination.

    Clear thinkers will ignore them and respect and express true and honest chronological facts and conventions.

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,one more to go…

    Room For More Quotes!

    PS Although Man U scored 10 goals they were only awarded nine by the referee. When someone complained the ref said 'Well, Chris Charles taught me how to count!'

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  • 34. At 6:43pm on 23 Dec 2009, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    ah, Accurate. what do you make of the system of having a ground floor and then a first floor? defies my logic to have somethin before the first of anything.

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  • 35. At 7:03pm on 23 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    You are, of course, correct, Amarantine.

    In America and Japan and elsewhere the first floor is the one at street level. In the UK it is generally as you describe.

    Displacement from ground level British conv American convention
    3 story heights above ground "3rd floor" "4th floor"
    2 story heights above ground "2nd floor" "3rd floor"
    1 story height above ground "1st floor" "2nd floor"
    at ground level "Ground floor" "Ground floor" or "1st floor"

    It is unlikely that the idiosyncracies of architectural nomenclature is sufficient to persuade even the most belligerent UK football fan to assert there are 10 members in a football team in denial of the facts.

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  • 36. At 7:26pm on 23 Dec 2009, RobNox wrote:

    Another classic Bobby Robson quote...

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

    Greatest sporting achievement of the decade for me would be Goran finally winning Wimbledon after only getting in as a wildcard.

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  • 37. At 8:23pm on 23 Dec 2009, Donal wrote:

    To all those talking about decade, a decade is a designated ten year period. So, a decade could start in 2005 and finish in 2014. No one said anything about it being a calendar decade. It's social custom that we begin a decade on a 0 and end on a 9, thats how the use of decade here is intended and therefore is correct.

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  • 38. At 9:32pm on 23 Dec 2009, Magic_Arsenal_thefinalcountdown wrote:

    "This is all very well but the decade hasn't finished yet, there's another 12 months to go!
    Remember, a decade must finish with a zero, so 2010 is the end of the decade NOT 2009. It started on 1st January 2001 and will end on 31st December 2010."

    i think you need to crawl under a rock and never come out XD

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  • 39. At 9:55pm on 23 Dec 2009, Steve wrote:


    It's SIR Bobby Robson. Just like it's SIR Alex Ferguson. Show some respect. Unsuprising you didn't miss Sir Alex's title.

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  • 40. At 10:38pm on 23 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    @ AccurateChronometer.

    Congratulations on your new user account name. Also well done for posting the same comment on 4 seperate blogs all with the word decade in the title.

    Just in case you didn't know the word decade is used to measure a ten year period of time.

    Just to make sure, let's count them together.

    2000 = 1 year
    2001 = 2 years
    2002 = 3 years
    2003 = 4 years
    2004 = 5 years
    2005 = 6 years
    2006 = 7 years
    2007 = 8 years
    2008 = 9 years
    2009 = 10 years.

    So let's conclude;

    10 years = decade.

    What was your point again?

    Here's wishing you all the best for Christmas 2009 and if we don't get to comment in the next decade, a Merry Christmas 2019.

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  • 41. At 11:04pm on 23 Dec 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    1. Rovers Return: Hear hear - Sir Bobby was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed. Remember interviewing him a few years ago when his book was nominated for sports book of the year and I tried to slip in a question about some Mourinho for an angle on some story or other. He fixed me with a knowing glint and said: "Don't think I don't know what you're up to sonny!" But it was a telling off in the nicest possible way.

    39. Steve: I have the utmost respect for Sir Bobby and, believe it or not, Sir Alex too. The reason the Sir was missing from Bobby's name between 2000-2002 was because he hadn't been knighted by then (Nov 21 2002). However he does feature beyond then and to be honest that was me mistakenly thinking he'd received his knighthood after 2004 (the years seem to merge into one) so I'll correct that in a bit. Many apologies.

    4. Najobrasooli: Don't think Mourinho was on the radar then, but rest assured there's a few gems coming up in part two on New Year's Eve.

    8. MartinRichardson: Are you my colleague Martin Richardson or just someone who shares the same name? Agreed about Paul Hunter - like Sir Bobby, one of sport's good guys.

    11. collie21: There were hundreds - believe me I went through them all! Sorry they're not floating your boat - one man's meat and all that. Thing is, if I'd used too many it would have been overkill in my humble opinion.

    12. resistance1984: You're not wrong!

    13. evolving22: Things is I tend to do a Chants of the Season in May, so maybe we can have a bit of decade action then? Remind me nearer the time.

    16. Dirsy - what can I say? Legend.

    19. antpatrickson23: Another belter - you could fill a book with Bobby's gems. 21. Paul Faithfull: Ditto.

    24. 'Av it: You could well be right - better check that.

    31. Holloway2Holland: Thanks for your concern old son - feeling a little better although still not bang on form. Sure a nice family Christmas will sort that out. Ahem.

    33. AccurateChronometer: Hang on a sec, you can't pin it all on me! And to everyone else who has posed the when is a decade not a decade question, you seem to have a point. We'll have to review it in 2020 - or should that be 2019 or 2021? Oh gawd, I'm getting confused again.

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  • 42. At 11:52pm on 23 Dec 2009, Adam wrote:

    Continuing the Gordon Strachan theme:

    Reporter: Gordon, Agustin Delgado? (after Delgado went AWOL)
    Strachan: I've got more important things to think about. I've got a yoghurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today. That can be my priority rather than Agustin Delgado.

    "The players have their own ideas about how the game should be won, but it won't be tolerated. I'll get less skilful players in who play the game the way I think it should be played."

    "When he [Claus Lundekvam] was carried off at Leicester someone asked me if he was unconscious, but I didn't have a clue. He's always like that....."

    ...And yet more love for Lundekvam:
    Strachan was on Sky one Sunday morning. He saw a goal from John Terry and said he was impressed that Terry goes up expecting to score - in stark contrast to Lundekvam, "he goes up for every dead ball and never ever looks remotely like scoring. If there was a dead body lying in the penalty area the ball would hit it on the head several times a season which is more than Lundekvam can manage. Referees should book Lundekvam for timewasting every time he goes up for a corner." When the co-commentator said if Lundekvam was watching Strachan was only joking. Strachan assured him he was deadly serious.

    What a legend.

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  • 43. At 00:13am on 24 Dec 2009, David wrote:

    Yes sport is very funny indeed !!

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  • 44. At 00:15am on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    Thanks for your response, Chris.

    It appears your internal clock may have become confused through undue exposure to BBClonespeak and corporate bondage messages from above.

    Here's a little quiz to help release you from that BBClone straitjacket(woven out of fundamentally erroneous conceptual strands that contaminated roughly £500M worth of BBC programming with a lie) and which will hopefully help you restore your chronological bearings to full functionality:

    How many sheep in a flock of 10 - 9?
    How many sheep in a flock of 100 - 99?
    How many sheep in a flock of 1000 - 999?
    How many sheep in a flock of 2000 - 1999?


    'to mark the end of the decade' is clearly used here by Chris (in his BB(C)fuddled mind) to refer, not to any old decade (clearly the 10th year of any group of ten years is the last in a decade) but specifically to the first decade of the 21st Century. Did Chris attempt a 'decade' retrospective in 2008? No.

    As the year 2000 was the 100th and last year of the 20th Century there is no choice other than for the first decade of the 21st Century to begin with the year 2001.

    So there you have it, Holloway2Holland - there's just over a whole year left to enjoy of the 1st decade of the 21st Century.

    You also, of course, have the option of giving way to chronological fundamentals gracefully by accepting your generalised interpretation and application were fundamentally flawed.


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  • 45. At 01:40am on 24 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    @ AccurateChronometer

    Wikipedia is indeed a dubious source, my bad.

    Try this one;

    As the first quote on this blog was taken from the year 2000, it makes the title of the blog "Quotes of the decade - part I", a correct one.

    Gracefully accept that!

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  • 46. At 02:41am on 24 Dec 2009, jonnyblack wrote:

    Alex McLeish on Kris Boyd "If you offered me kris Boyd and a chicken box I would take the chicken box every time"Several years before signing Boyd

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  • 47. At 04:10am on 24 Dec 2009, Niko Moore wrote:

    @ AccurateChronometer

    Wikipedia is indeed a dubious source, my bad.

    Try this one;


    AccurateChronometer, I really wish you would accept it, because you are swimming against a great tide of commin usage.

    Language is fluid, and though you may feel that decade should mean 1-10, (I have no idea if you are correct, but you seem to know) common usage, in my experience, for the term "decade" usually seems to apply to 0-9, probably to tie in with the idea of commin phrases such as 90s, 60s and um.. naughties(?)

    Shouldn't logophiles of this nation be concentrating their efforts on chavtalk and textspeak, ...m8?

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  • 48. At 05:36am on 24 Dec 2009, ImGarethCheeseman wrote:

    Fergus McCann, Celtic chairman during the 90's listened to the wage demands of infamous "team" player Pierre van Hooijdonk and his agent, and delivered the classic retort. " Come back when you're sober. "

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  • 49. At 06:02am on 24 Dec 2009, The_Dark_Blue_King wrote:

    How coud you forget the late George Best:

    "That's what children do - throw food. That's not fighting. We were real men. We'd have chinned them." - On the infamous Battle of the Buffet between Manchester United and Arsenal players

    Gérard (Houllier's) thoughts on the matter echo mine. He thinks that what the national coaches are doing is like taking the car from his garage without even asking permission. They will then use the car for ten days and abandon it in a field without any petrol left in the tank. We then have to recover it, but it is broken down. Then a month later they will come to take your car again, and for good measure you're expected to be nice about it- Arsene Wenger's strong views on International matches

    And a more foreign quote:

    Raúl is one of the best of Europe. He is Real Madrid's spirit. He is like Matthäus for us: indispensable, and with a bad haircut- Franz Beckenbauer

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  • 50. At 06:11am on 24 Dec 2009, The_Dark_Blue_King wrote:

    Oh and Chris, I hope you consider some of these for part 2:

    When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent- Wenger on Jose Mourinho

    It's like you wanting to marry Miss World and she doesn't want you, what can I do about it? I can try to help you, but if she does not want to marry you what can I do?- Arsene Wenger on homesick striker Jose Antonio Reyes

    It's like a child who is used to having ice cream whenever he wants. When it doesn't come when he asks he tends to get confused and nervous- Arsene Wenger's view on the team's first blip of the season after surrending the lead against Crystal Palace and being knocked off the Premiership summit by Chelsea in November 2004.

    Also, how could we forget this gem from Fergie:

    If Chelsea drop points, the cat's out in the open. And you know what cats are like- sometimes they don't come home.

    As for Mourinho- well, there are so many...

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  • 51. At 07:04am on 24 Dec 2009, ktkt wrote:

    Rafa - No op plans for Torres

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  • 52. At 08:53am on 24 Dec 2009, red lion wrote:

    "For every 10 decisions that Sepp Blatter makes, he gets 11 wrong" Toomy Smyth of ESPN on FIFA presidents decision to kill the 39th English Premier league match to be played somewhere else other than England

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  • 53. At 08:54am on 24 Dec 2009, Andy Dev wrote:

    Best Quote has to go to Gordon Starchan.

    That man is so quick off the mark its unreal :D

    One of his classics.

    Reporter: "Gordon, can we have a quick word please?"
    Strachan: "Velocity" [walks off]

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  • 54. At 09:14am on 24 Dec 2009, lonewolfie wrote:

    Personally, I find Mr Holloway about as funny as a migraine.

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  • 55. At 10:36am on 24 Dec 2009, EricDantona wrote:

    10. At 1:22pm on 23 Dec 2009, Tori_torres8 wrote:
    See at the finals,Jose will come strong.The quote of the decade will belong to him. The special one. Very soon to be our manager.


    If you're a Manchester United fan, why do you have the name of that scummer in your user name?

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  • 56. At 11:49am on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:


    Your 'AskOxford' link does nothing more than confirm that 'decade' means 10 whole years.

    This stands:

    " 'to mark the end of the decade' is clearly used here by Chris (in his BB(C)fuddled mind) to refer, not to any old decade (clearly the 10th year of any group of ten years is the last in a decade) but specifically to the first decade of the 21st Century. Did Chris attempt a 'decade' retrospective in 2008? No.

    As the year 2000 was the 100th and last year of the 20th Century there is no choice other than for the first decade of the 21st Century to begin with the year 2001. "

    Niko Moore,

    1. 'you are swimming against a great tide of commin usage.'

    Apparently not so, Niko. Here is a poll that is, as of now, indicating that the majority of people now KNOW that the First Decade Of The 21st Century Ends On The Last Day Of The 10th Year - 31.12.2010 :

    2.'commin phrases such as 90s, 60s and um.. naughties(?)'

    These are contrived catchy commercial marketing short time span packaging terms devised to sell stuff - life itself certainly doesn't suddenly change from one 10 year sound bite to another whether contrived or actual. They do not coincide with the chronological FACTS. A century - 100 years - consists of ten decades starting with year '1' of any century and ending with '0' in each case:


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  • 57. At 12:03pm on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    Let us hear NO MORE LIES FROM THE BBC trying desperately for commercial, face-saving and mass mind-control reasons to persuade us, contrary to the FACTS, that the first decade of the 21st Century can somehow be ended a year short and before 31.12.2010.

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  • 58. At 12:39pm on 24 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    56. At 11:49am on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    Your 'AskOxford' link does nothing more than confirm that 'decade' means 10 whole years
    Isn´t that the whole point?

    Once again the tile of the blog is;

    "Quotes of the decade - part I"

    and NOT

    "Quotes of the very first decade Of The 21st Century - part I"

    And as for being mind controlled or brain washed, well.....................!!

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  • 59. At 12:39pm on 24 Dec 2009, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Won't be long now H2,7 more days and we start a new decade....

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  • 60. At 12:42pm on 24 Dec 2009, Why don't we just sign that Lionel Messi? He's supposed to be alright... wrote:

    AccurateChronometer, i bet New Years Eve is a right laugh rounf your place..!

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  • 61. At 12:50pm on 24 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    He probably had to wait a whole year befofre he could "party like it was 1999".

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  • 62. At 1:01pm on 24 Dec 2009, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    #35: finally someone who agrees with me. anyway, back on topic, the quote of the decade has to be strachan's velocity one. for part two, the inimitable jose springs to mind. when asked what was the second best team in england: "chelsea team B"

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  • 63. At 1:03pm on 24 Dec 2009, Why don't we just sign that Lionel Messi? He's supposed to be alright... wrote:

    H2H, I doubt from reading his posts that he does any partying at all...ever...

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  • 64. At 1:08pm on 24 Dec 2009, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    #40: being a grammatically correct chav-lover, i resent the slur. i do have a marked aversion to capitals though!

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  • 65. At 1:08pm on 24 Dec 2009, LCFC26 wrote:

    This debate on decades is ridiculous. And tedious. It depends on the way you look at it- either '01 can mean it's the first year of the decade, or one year has passed. Logic would say that you should go for the 'one year has passed' theory- when counting, you don't start on 1, do you? You start on 0.

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  • 66. At 1:39pm on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:


    'finally someone who agrees with me'.

    You'll be pleased to learn that,in fact, a majority of people agree with you:

    If you can keep your head etc

    Don't worry, AccurateChronometer certainly knows how to party - the difference is AccurateChronometer knows when she is doing it!


    Ask anyone to count ten of anything - they will start with 1.

    A '0' on its own means precisely that - nothing - no thing - zero - zilch.

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  • 67. At 2:38pm on 24 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:


    Yeah and I bet you delegate a specific amount of time down to the nearest femtosecond while you're at it.

    Booze before snooze methinks. Less facts and more laffs.

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  • 68. At 2:54pm on 24 Dec 2009, danelian wrote:

    i can't believe this stupid debate about when the decade ends. there are 10 years between the end of 1999 and the end of 2009, so the start of the new decade must be 2010, as the start of the previous decade, strangely enough was 2000, just after the end of the previous decade, there is no other explanation.

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  • 69. At 2:55pm on 24 Dec 2009, danelian wrote:

    so when you start a stopwatch where does the time start at? oh yeah 0.
    just because everyone counts starting at one doesnt mean the are correct in doing so.

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  • 70. At 2:56pm on 24 Dec 2009, danelian wrote:

    so when a stopwatch is started, where does it start? yes that's right at zero. just because everyone counts starting with one, it doesnt mean they are correct in doing so.

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  • 71. At 3:10pm on 24 Dec 2009, urbanfox wrote:

    actually the "velocity" quote belongs to 70's scottish footballer martin buchan.

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  • 72. At 3:40pm on 24 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:


    Your stopwatch certainly starts at '0'. However, as soon as you start it it measures parts of the 1st second.

    Using your mistaken attribution of unit value to '0' would result in Usain Bolt's 100M world record being run in 10.58 seconds not 9.58.

    Clearly you are wrong.

    The 1st decade of the 21st Century clearly runs from the beginning of the first day of 2001 - 01.01.2001 - until the end of the last day of 2010 - 31.12.2010.

    As explained accurately and in detail to you previously the year 2000 was most certainly the 100th year of the 20th Century and the last year of the 2nd Millennium as in 2,000/Two Thousand.

    Your bamboozled difficulty is testimony to the insidiously penetrative effect of BBC repetitive lying indoctrination.

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  • 73. At 4:09pm on 24 Dec 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Anyone else find it ironic AC has used the platform belonging to the very organisation she hates to slag it off at every turn?

    Hypocrite much?

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  • 74. At 4:53pm on 24 Dec 2009, 49 and thats a wrap wrote:

    All you numpties, the reason a decade (or century, or millenium) technically starts at 1 is because there was never Year 0. Everyone counted from 1 forward. (Let's ignore for the moment there was no Year 1 either, but that's for the history forum.) The number 0 was invented outside Europe or even the Near East, and brought in many many centuries later.

    So stop acting like you know it all.

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  • 75. At 4:56pm on 24 Dec 2009, rubyspice17 wrote:

    AC - when a child turns 10 years old, how many years have they lived? 10.

    birth-1st birthday

    The decade did not start on the first day of 2001. The beginning of year 0 to the end of year 999 (or start of year 1000) would be 1000 years in the bag, thus, a new millenium would start on the first day of year 1000. I can only assume that the trend would not have spontaneously change at some point.

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  • 76. At 5:32pm on 24 Dec 2009, Anthony wrote:

    Great read! I'd also like to see some chants of the season in May.

    AccurateChronometer: nobody cares. Us proles are obviously far beyond saving from this grand decade conspiracy. Please use your unquestionably superior mind for something more worthwhile and leave us all alone.

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  • 77. At 5:58pm on 24 Dec 2009, CiderEd wrote:

    anyone know why my earlier post has vanished?

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  • 78. At 6:09pm on 24 Dec 2009, divealdo wrote:

    "I didn't play many games for Middlesbrough towards the end of the season - or at the start or the middle."
    Paul Gascoigne on his move from Middlesbrough to Everton.

    Might've been something to do with spending the end of the season, and the start, and even the middle in a re-hab facility at the Boro's expense son!

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  • 79. At 6:10pm on 24 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    It decayed.

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  • 80. At 6:20pm on 24 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    63 "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you will be the tallest person around"

    Logically, is that necessarily the case? If two men are in a room, and one is five feet tall, and the other is six and a half feet feet tall, and the taller of the two loses his head... ?

    Ah. I get it. The taller man will fall down, so no matter how tall the smaller man is...

    But if the taller man has a huge gut... ?

    I'm really beginning to get into this "decade" debate thing, and want to take it further.

    To the best of my knowledge, Fergie's stopwatch shows the current decade ending in 2014. Has anyone introduced Fergie time into the discussion?


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  • 81. At 6:47pm on 24 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    77. At 5:58pm on 24 Dec 2009, CiderEd wrote:
    anyone know why my earlier post has vanished?

    79. At 6:10pm on 24 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:
    It decayed.

    But did it take 10 years to do so?

    Or was it a biodegradable?

    Maybe it decomposted.

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  • 82. At 7:01pm on 24 Dec 2009, billybremnerswhites wrote:

    33. At 6:31pm on 23 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:
    1.The 100th year of the 20th Century and last year of the 2nd Millennium was definitely and indisputably 2000.

    Sorry AccurateChronometer but I can't agree with you. The end of year zero is a count of 1 so the end of 1999 is the end of the 2000th year and therefore the end of the 2nd millennium. Therefore the new millennium started on 1 Jan 2000. So the new decade started on 1 Jan 2000 and ends 31 Dec 2009. 2010 is not part of the "noughties".

    Merry xmas and a happy new year.

    Time to reach for the red wine me thinks.....

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  • 83. At 8:50pm on 24 Dec 2009, danelian wrote:

    just no
    it starts at zero, then proceeds to 0.1 and so on until 9.58, watch a video of the race and see how the clock in the corner goes, from 0 slowly to 9.58.

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  • 84. At 9:07pm on 24 Dec 2009, Cristiano wrote:

    I agree with danelian, all of the people trying to tell us absolute rubbish should go to some other website and start a rant about it so we can comment on the football, what this page is designed for...

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  • 85. At 11:15pm on 24 Dec 2009, Dheano wrote:

    To AccurateChronometer:

    Hi there, but uhm, I don't mean to cause offence, but are you all there in the head mate?

    Time works in a different way to numbers. Agreed, very similar, and includes numbers, but does not work in the same way.

    Time starts at 0. Always. Forever.
    Numbers, weirdly, always start just before 0, whether it's 1 or 0.00001.


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  • 86. At 08:33am on 25 Dec 2009, chorlton wrote:

    Merry Christmas

    A previous comment which was ignored was one about the comment zero. This is fundamental to the discussion of decades. The concept of zero was, in the past, not accepted by the Catholic Church (the only religious organisation in Europe in the the middle ages and the centre of all things educational at that time). The start of the Christian calender is based on the birth of Christ and this means that year 1 was the first year. There was no lead up to year 1. It started with year 1, it could not start with year zero as this would have indicated a lack of anything and under the catholic church at this time this was an impossibility as a 'nothing' indicated a lack of God. The calender did not start month one year zero (as a stopwatch does with 0.1) it started year 1 month 1 day 1. I.E. 1/1/01. So technically 2011 marks the next decade. However the generally held view by nearly everyone is that 2010 starts the next decade.

    But fundamentally I agree that this is a forum for football. Great bunch of quotes and glad I didn't have to wait a year to read them.

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  • 87. At 6:54pm on 25 Dec 2009, Stuart Roberts wrote:

    slight error in the article about the streaker at the world bowls held at Potters, it was Tracy Seargeant and not Tracy Sergeant as you have stated, I would know she is my sister in law, but it still made me smile as it has not been mentioned for a few years now

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  • 88. At 10:35pm on 25 Dec 2009, juniorsparkie wrote:

    Met the Inimitable John Lambie in the Wee Bar just before we(Stenhousemuir) played Partick Thistle in a Cup game.
    Asked about a Finnish Centre Half they had on loan from Rangers, he'd been scoring goals regularly.
    I asked "Is he any good?" the response "Couldn't trap a chair"

    The big guy scored 2 that day , Oh Hum.

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  • 89. At 00:34am on 26 Dec 2009, steve wrote:

    "The cannabis may have helped relax them. Even the hooligans enjoyed the party."
    Dutch police spokesman on the good behaviour of England fans at the Euro 2000 match against Portugal - in contrast to the alcohol-fuelled riots in Belgium.

    This is the English way, get tanked up then take on the world, with no regard for others, fueled by alcohol, it brings out the best in the hooligans.

    There again, cannabis makes you crazy and mentally unstable with the possibility of mental illness, not like alcohol, its perfectly safe :s

    Rape and pillage, its the English way.

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  • 90. At 12:16pm on 26 Dec 2009, ahopeunseen wrote:

    that strachan quote is hilarious...

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  • 91. At 12:22pm on 27 Dec 2009, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    I have never seen such silliness in all my life. Almost all the world celebrated the start of the millenium, the start of the century and the start of the new decade on 1 Jan 2000. You can argue all you want for 2001, but that is all it will be, just an argument. We all had our knees up on 1 Jan 2000 so you naysayers are the ones out of step. Celebrate it when you want but don't pester the rest of us with your theories.

    Even the millenium bug had the sense to turn up on 1.1.2000, or not turn up as the case may be.

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  • 92. At 2:51pm on 27 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I am outraged to see that this "blog" is headed "Quotes of the...".

    It should be headed "Quotations of the..." And you can quote me on that. I know, because of a reference I read somewhere in my "Oxford Book of Quotations".

    Can't remember which page.

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  • 93. At 2:57pm on 27 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I am horrified to see that this blog is described as "Chris Charles' Blog". Properly, it should be "Chris Charles's Blog".

    "Fowler's Modern English Usage", surely the ultimate authority in these matters, is uncompromising on this point: with names ending in "s", an "s" is required after the apostrophe.

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  • 94. At 3:05pm on 27 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I am shocked to discover that nitpickers on this "blog" have reached the word "decade" before discovering something to nitpick.

    I am even more distressed to discover that, when Winston Churchill, aged 66, sent a telegram of congratulation to President Roosevelt on his 60th birthday, on January 30th 1942, Roosevelt replied, "It is fun to be in the same decade as you."

    And Churchill, this later winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, didn't correct him!

    Honestly, with dolts like that pair in charge, it's little wonder that we lost...

    Hang on...

    I think I'll go and lie down, now.

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  • 95. At 3:30pm on 28 Dec 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    "I'd have given my right arm for a part in "The Fugitive."
    (Aphrodite boss Venus de Milo)

    Is that an AccurateAnachronism or an InaccurateAnachronism? Anyway, I got it from Wikipedia, so it must be either of the two, and perhaps both.

    And, just in passing, I don't take kindly to those who look down on Wikipedia. My own favourite entry (now, sadly, replaced by something much more banal) concerned Hugo Boss. Hugo had a struggling clothes-making concern until he joined the Nazi Party and got the contract for SS and SA uniforms. That's why the SS looked so smart: they were dressed in Hugo Boss. Anyway, obviously the business required a change in direction by the mid-forties, which was in the decade of the forties, and Wikipedia explained this in the following manner:

    "After 1945, demand for SS uniforms fell away somewhat..."

    You've gotta luv 'em.

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  • 96. At 10:58pm on 28 Dec 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Accurate Chronometer, indeed? How can we measure that which is only relevant because of our perceptions of it (i.e. when to get up, go to work, watch football etc), and which some wise old owls say does not exist at all? You are part of this gigantic BBC-sponsored conspiracy by being contrary, quibbling over details of the measurement of things moving through space which is itself a human construct and holds no truth, unless you're a Christian, beyond its own parameters.

    Anyone for port and stilton?

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  • 97. At 01:22am on 30 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:


    You are correct in some respects, TommyB. If we used a more realistic longer time frame reference rather than a compressed too-recent myth based one going back to, say, the beginnings of the earth at 14Bn years ago we would no doubt enter something like 14,000,002,010 for a year like next year in all those beaurocratic forms.

    Of course the first year of any century would still be the one indicated by a '1' and the 10th and last year of the first decade of any century would still be the one indicated by a '10'.

    The core question here is why are the BBC and other commercial concerns so hell bent on perverting that simple convention and forcing that perversion on the public with tortured reasoning and bent spin?

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  • 98. At 06:52am on 30 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,and one more to go…
    This survey clearly shows it so:

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  • 99. At 6:00pm on 30 Dec 2009, ulrichtheknight wrote:

    Has anyone worked out how many days there are in a decade, then divided this by the number of weeks, worked out the average number of months and multiplied that by some seconds.

    This will tell you that time keeping was probably a bit hit and miss back in the old days.

    All together this leads us to three important conclusions.

    1. This article is more about quotes than timekeeping.
    2. There are far more important things to get all worked up about.
    3. When the next load comes out most of the people who whinged about this installment will still read it.
    Then moan.
    Then argue.
    Then try to persuade a distinterested wife why they are so misunderstood and how, if people would just listen, everybody would know they were right all along.

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  • 100. At 00:35am on 31 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:


    If you take a peek through your vizor you'll see that these are different times.

    We do not expect to be lied to on a minute by minute, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, decade by decade, century by century, millennium by millennium basis by the PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER - the BBC - that we pay for.

    There is no moaning going on here. The facts are simply being pointed out in the face of a relentless campaign by the BBC to propagate chronological lies and deception.

    The Royal Charter does not include blatant lying in the BBC's remit.

    If the BBC told you Sunday was suddenly Monday and you had to trot off to your latest clanking joust it seems you would just take the order and meekly get on your 'orse like a dumb obedient buffoon.

    If the BBC can get you to acquiesce in accepting their messed up version of time how next might they seek to manipulate your brain cell?

    The majority here actually know at some level that the BBC and other corporate and commercial interests are definitely messing with our temporal orientation for unclear and unstated reasons:

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  • 101. At 00:42am on 31 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    Here is that poll link again - maybe completely clickable this time:

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  • 102. At 00:47am on 31 Dec 2009, AccurateChronometer wrote:

    Third attempt:

    If that doesn't work go up to post 98 and click on the link there if you want to witness the TRUE KNOWLEDGE of the SANE MAJORITY.

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  • 103. At 09:28am on 31 Dec 2009, amoz wrote:

    Booby Robson - class.

    AC, you are of course correct about the end of the decade but it's probably best to let people celebrate the end of a decade/century/millennium when they wish. The fact of the matter is that peeople refer to decades as blocks of ten years that 'sound the same', hence the 1960s and so on. It is of course correct, but certainly counter-intuitive, to celebrate a new millennium on Jan 1st 2001. The vast majority do not think of the current year as relative to the first year AD but as a marker for their own lifetime. I was born in the 80s - 83 to be precise - but that could be any year from 1980 to 1989. Enough of the diatribes now please.

    Besides, in reference to your link, the 'Other' option would be my favoured choice (not currently that of the majority); surely the decade can not end ON the 31st of December of either year, as if that is the date then the decade must still be in progress. Since there is no time 'between' the 31st December and the 1st January, the decade actually must end at precisely 00:00:00 on 1st January 2011 (when the next necade simultaenously begins). Or is the time 00:00:00 (i.e. exactly midnight) still in December? I think not.
    Incidentally, the colon-based time notation I have used here is not strictly correct but is in common usage and widely recognised to denote hours, minutes and seconds. Get used to it.

    Actually, I'll plump for the 'Who Cares?' option.

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  • 104. At 1:07pm on 31 Dec 2009, Harrys Entourage wrote:

    If someone was born at midnight on 1st January 2000, how old would they be on 1st January 2010 at midnight?
    Or if you want to go all the way back to year 0 when Jesus was born (if you believe in that sort of thing) then you will realise that time actually started at 0 and not 1!
    As for the quotes I love the Holloway & Bobby Robson (RIP) ones! Imagine the stuff Holloway is going to come out with when he is old!

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  • 105. At 1:35pm on 31 Dec 2009, NelMac wrote:

    Surely though the calender years are determined by the age of Christ, so where in the gods name do you get your inaccurate information that the first year was year one?

    Were you born on your first birthday? I think you should have a lie down because you're getting yourself in a tizz.

    0-1 = 1
    1-2 = 2
    2-3 = 3
    3-4 = 4
    4-5 = 5
    5-6 = 6
    6-7 = 7
    7-8 = 8
    8-9 =9
    9-10 = 10

    This means that, yes, whilst the new decade begins on 10, it is the start.

    Now enough, you've managed to make something quite entertaining completely joyless.

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  • 106. At 2:08pm on 31 Dec 2009, JC wrote:

    I think it was back in 2008 - when Alan Hansen, on Match of The Day remarked "Show me a good loser and I`ll show you a loser"
    As a Sportsman and Grandfather - I would be ashamed to utter such garbage to any aspiring youngster giving of their best to compete !
    Just remember Alan - that the `losers` account for the vast majority in Sport (always have done) - but its about how you react and perform in the face of adversity that makes Sport what it is !
    The underdog and the never say die attitude will thankfully continue to make life difficult for the great Champions of Sport - and we should remember them equally as worthy oponents and not discard them - as your words seem to suggest !
    There`s a word in Sport that is grossly underused - and yet so appreciated by those of us who either participate or just watch - that word is `APPLICATION` - and if you learn exactly what that means and accept its consequences - you will produce good Sportsmen/women
    Thankfully - many have shown this and particularly in Sports where financial reward is not essential or `media driven`
    Let`s hope Alan - that your children (if you have any) will revel in the enjoyment of Sport - when very young - and also benefit hugely from sheer participation as they grow - because of the enjoyment and benefits of just being involved !

    As someone once said; "Its nice to be important - but it`s more important to be nice"

    I think Sir Bobby might agree ?


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  • 107. At 3:33pm on 31 Dec 2009, Bevan wrote:

    #22 steve bray

    please tell me your joking

    a decade begins with a zero and ends with a nine

    what sort of dodgy person told you that?

    what is the world coming to

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  • 108. At 3:34pm on 31 Dec 2009, Bevan wrote:

    great comment JC

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  • 109. At 11:19pm on 31 Dec 2009, MustardMash wrote:

    Lots of theoretical twaddle about whether the decade starts in 00 or 01. As it's already 1st Jan here in Sydney I've just been outside to check and it's definitely a new decade. Sorted.

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  • 110. At 00:13am on 21 Jan 2010, turtomagoo wrote:

    Not only is there no Mourinho, and he was in place before the 2004/05 season - he made his Special One comment in 2004 - there is not a word of Ian Robertson's classic "He drops for World Cup Glory" commentary. What are you playing at?

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  • 111. At 10:16pm on 21 Jan 2010, Whats in a name wrote:

    Still waiting for part II, Chris. Or did I blink?

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