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Chris Charles | 08:48 UK time, Thursday, 31 December 2009

The quotes of the decade are up - click here for part one and here for part two - but there were just so many gems this year, it seemed rude not to have a separate blog for 2009.

So here it is in all its glory - the sportsmen and women, managers and even the odd rock star, reminding us that even for long-suffering football fans like myself, sport can be fun.

As ever, please feel free to add any quotes we may have missed - or any from the Christmas period we could use next week. And a Happy New Year to you all.


"I lost sight of the official ball and stayed on the red one. I went for the red ball instinctively as it was the closest to me and the other went past me."
Pepe Reina on THAT beach ball.
Pepe Reina and the beach ballPepe Reina and the beach ball
"He almost caught it and ran into the net with it."
Robbie Keane on the handball by Thierry Henry that cost Ireland a place in the World Cup.

"The ball hit my hand, I will be honest."
Henry came clean - eventually.

"It's hard in that situation to go down to 10 men."
England women's defender Lindsay Johnson after the sending off of Casey Stoney in their Euro 2009 defeat to Italy.

"I'm world champion, baby!"
Jenson Button celebrated his world title Austin Powers-style.

"He is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. I have watched Lord of the Rings and films with strange looking people, but for a human being to look like he does is pretty shocking."
David Haye on 7ft opponent Nikolay Valuev.

"Not yet."
F1 driver Adrian Sutil when asked if he knew who the attractive young woman standing next to him was while being interviewed after the Monza GP.

"I woke up yesterday morning, face down on my bed, still wearing my cricket whites and stinking of sweat and champagne. So I think it's fair to say it was a lively night!"
Graeme Swann partied like it was 2005 after England's Ashes triumph.

"Andrew Flintoff asked me when I came out to bat if I had hired a PR firm this week!"
Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting after receiving two standing ovations at the Oval, following boos earlier in the series.

"We can't afford to laugh too much. If we don't beat Sri Lanka we'll have two weeks in Leicester - and that's not good for anybody."
Ponting after England's humiliation by the Dutch in the World Twenty20.

"Golf balls don't know how old you are."
Former Open champion Paul Lawrie's verdict on veteran Tom Watson's amazing week at Turnberry.

"It's true lots of people hate me but there are even more who love me. I feel bad only when I play badly. Fortunately that happens rarely."
Cristiano Ronaldo - modest as ever.

"We needed some of these 1-0s, we weren't winning the 1-0s before - we were either drawing or losing."
Jermaine Jenas on Spurs' habit of drawing games 1-0.

Ted Hankey: "I've stopped drinking, so I feel healthier, look healthier and I am healthier."
Ray Stubbs: "So you're not going to the bar now, then?"
Hankey: "No - I'm off outside for a cigarette."
The BDO darts champion and his healthy lifestyle.
Ted HankeyTed Hankey - a picture of health
"I thought 'How can I stop playing or give myself an excuse to stop playing?' So I snapped my cue."
Ronnie O'Sullivan found a novel way to stop playing snooker after complaining the game needed jazzing up like darts.

"I will never forget my first game for England at the World Cup, It was against Turkey... no I mean Tunisia."
David Seaman. The man who never forgets.

"I probably would have to apologise to her and hope she uses a driver next time rather than a three-iron."
Jesper Parnevik, who introduced Tiger Woods to his wife, Elin Nordregen, reacted to press speculation surrounding the circumstances of the player's accident.

"I can give you the telephone numbers of her room-mates in Berlin. They have already seen her naked in the showers and she has nothing to hide."
Coach Michael Seme on South Africa's News 24 website, following Caster Semenya's controversial 800m final win.

"The days of me pounding the treadmill are over. As you can imagine, I was
gutted to hear that."
Freddie Flintoff on the news that part of his recovery from knee surgery would include a less high-impact training regime.

"Jermaine is really generous - he bought me some Christian Louboutin shoes for Christmas which I love. But the best present he ever got is priceless - a tattoo of my face on his forearm."
Jermaine Jenas' fiancee revealed the price of true love.

"I have mostly been eating chicken wings. I only stick to things I can spell."
Boo Weekley on his eating habits at The Open.

"If you hide behind cliches, we'll be dead and buried by January."
Falkirk defender Darren Barr brilliantly launched a ban on cliches. With a cliche.

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."
Brian O'Driscoll when asked about his relationship with England coach
Martin Johnson.


"You ask 100 people, 99 will say it's very bad and the 100th will be Mark Hughes."
Arsene Wenger after Hughes defended Emmanuel Adebayor's stamp on Robin van Persie.

"The penalty decision was Old Traffordish."
Words couldn't describe how Wenger felt about a Man Utd spot-kick - so he made one up.

"It's just the two of us. We'll probably ride out in the sunset together."
Sir Alex Ferguson on his relationship with Wenger.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger Wenger and Fergie - a match made in heaven

"I love Blackpool. We're very similar. We both look better in the dark."
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.
"We looked like a woman who's got a big fur coat on and underneath she's got no knickers."
Micky Adams after his Port Vale team lost 3-1 to Notts County.

"If you go shopping at Sainsbury's and ask for a fillet steak but can't afford it, you have to find something else and we've ended up with a gristly old fatty lump of lard up front - but it tasted good."
Manager Martin Allen on Cheltenham re-signing the meaty Julian Alsop.

"We are beginning to see signs of them gelling together."
Celtic Ladies' manager Robert Docherty - after they beat Kilmarnock 21-0.

"Modric played well. Keane, Defoe and Palacios played well - I don't want to pick out individuals."
Harry Redknapp... a bit too late.

"My missus could have scored that."
Redknapp after Darren Bent's glaring miss against Portsmouth.

"We have to wait for others to shake the apples from the tree, then try to make sure we are in a position to react quickly to the apples left on the ground."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis on life at the bottom of the transfer-market food chain.

"We made an offer and it was turned down. We offered Stoke-on-Trent."
Pulis on the 'failed bid' to land Kaka.

"His philosophy about football was not unique but it was different from everybody else."
Former Chelsea fitness coach Ade Mafe on Jose Mourinho.

"Does it surprise you he opened his mouth? You go to a restaurant sometimes, you know why the fish is on the table? Because it opened its mouth."
Avram Grant puts Jose Mourinho in his plaice.

"I think a few of the lads will be getting a haircut and getting the fake tan on!"
Ayr United manager Brian Reid after it was announced their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay with Kilmarnock would be televised.

"In the end we lost a bad third goal because of an individual error by the goalkeeper but I'm not going to point the finger of blame at anyone for that."
Falkirk manager John Hughes after the defeat by Rangers in the CIS Cup.

"There is another option. That Mr Ferguson organises the fixtures in his office and sends it to us and everyone will know and cannot complain."
Rafa Benitez revealed the perfect solution to Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that the fixture list did not favour Manchester United.

"I'm going down the apples and pears, into the jam jar, down the frog and toad into the rub-da-dub-dub, and I'm going to have pig's ear."
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola when asked on the club's website if had learnt any Cockney phrases.
Pearly KingsZola's number one fans

"If you don't score at this level, unfortunately you aren't going to get a win."
Steve Bruce failed to explain at what level you can win without scoring.

"Andy Johnson was literally banjoed out of the game by a player who made no attempt to win the ball."
A bad tackle in a Europa League game was not music to the ears of Fulham boss Roy Hodgson.

"As far as I am concerned there has been no contact with Tottenham - and I know that as I spoke to Harry Redknapp."
Sam Allardyce regarding the rumoured transfer of Christopher Samba from Blackburn to Spurs.

"I haven't seen a Madrid side this bad since I managed them!"
John Toshack on the Liverpool-Real Madrid Champions League match.


"Gatt's finished his lunch - in fact he probably finished everyone's lunch!"
David Lloyd after spotting Mike Gatting at Lord's.

"Look at the height of that Hearts wall. You'd need planning permission for that back home!"
BBC co-commentator John Robertson during Dinamo Zagreb-Hearts as a free-kick was about to be taken.

Jeff Stelling: "John, I can't believe there are people leaving the stadium with the game like this..."
John Salako: "The game has finished, Jeff."
Banter on Sky's Soccer Saturday after the MK Dons-Huddersfield game, which Huddersfield won 3-2.

''1137: 22-2... Ponting masticating maniacally at second slip. He doesn't chew gum, he teaches it a lesson.''
Ben Dirs on BBC live text during the fourth Ashes Test.

"Cold, very cold, links golf. Ken Brown used to soak his balls in warm water for half an hour before playing. That did the trick."
Mark James at The Open.

"The leaders have now got an enormous lead and the peloton, frankly, can't be arsed to catch them up."
Eurosport commentator talking to Sean Kelly on the first Monday of the Tour de France.

"This is now officially the longest set in a final in history, and don't forget we've been going since 1877."
From the men's Wimbledon final - which apparently lasted 132 years.

"Federer is human, but for how long?"
Wimbledon commentary.

"He was a lion of a man. Make that three lions."
Gary Lineker's tribute to Bobby Robson at the former England manager's memorial service.
Sir Bobby RobsonSir Bobby - a lion amongst men

"I played with Gary at Newcastle. We called him 'pilot light' as he never went out."
Chris Waddle talking about Gary Megson on Dubai TV.

"Both players will have regrets, John Higgins won't though."
John Virgo after snooker's UK Championship match between John Higgins and Neil Robertson.

Presenter: "So, how tough was it out there today?"
Ross Fisher: "In a word, pretty terrible."
US Open golf coverage.

"He'll be on the radio for fresh underpants."
Martin Brundle after Lewis Hamilton nearly spun off during British GP qualifying.

"Shearer has already reached mythical status among Newcastle fans."
ITV's Matt Smith, after Newcastle's victory over Middlesbrough.

"Zaki's still away with the Pharaohs..."
5 live summariser Stuart Hall describing Wigan's line-up before their match with Arsenal - striker Amr Zaki was in Egypt.

"It must be the first time Ronaldo has been marked by an anagram."
Clive Tyldsley commentating during Man Utd v Porto - as Rolando marked Ronaldo at a corner.

"Taylor wouldn't give you the dripping off his bacon sandwich."
The legendary Sid Waddell on darts supremo Phil Taylor.

"The full name of this team is Liga Deportiva Universitaria De Quito - a slap in the face for the man who starts the chant 'Give me an L'. "
Dave Woods during the World Club Cup final.

"The cars are separated by eight metres, which is the average size of a Formula 1 ego."
Martin Brundle on the starting grid at the Monaco Grand Prix.

"There's no better feeling than getting a century break... and getting one at the Crucible is even better."
Willie Thorne at the World Snooker Championships.


"I don't like John Terry and I never have. He's got funny eyes and he's a cry baby. He's also a Cockney."
Man City fan Noel Gallagher on why he didn't want John Terry at Eastlands.

Add your quotes at the bottom of this blog - or email them in using the postform.


  • 1. At 11:56am on 31 Dec 2009, CardiffGull wrote:

    great stuff chris, but where are the chants?

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  • 2. At 12:00pm on 31 Dec 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    1. CardiffGull: Afternoon CG - glad you liked the quotes. The chants are done at the end of the season - so there will be a bumper package for you in May!

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  • 3. At 12:21pm on 31 Dec 2009, offtouni wrote:

    brilliant Chris. I think my favourite was Sutil's. lad!

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  • 4. At 12:21pm on 31 Dec 2009, collie21 wrote:

    That was just too funny

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  • 5. At 12:23pm on 31 Dec 2009, CardiffGull wrote:

    Afternoon Chris i look forward to it.

    How about this for a missed quote;

    Charlize Theron as she pulled out france in a practice run for the World Cup draw

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  • 6. At 12:25pm on 31 Dec 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Good stuff Chris sir.

    Love the Arsene quote about Hughes, makes me almost hope that he returns to management quickly so they can renew their rivalry.

    All the best for 2010 and here's looking forward to more great blogs in the new year.

    Right, I'm off to check the Quotes of the Decade part deux blog, hope that chronological poster's not spoating that anti decade propaganda again.

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  • 7. At 12:39pm on 31 Dec 2009, Rabster wrote:

    Cheers Chris, a most enjoyable read.

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  • 8. At 1:02pm on 31 Dec 2009, Felix wrote:

    Nice one Chris, but you missed the best F1 quote of the year.

    "Felipe baby, stay cool"

    Rob Smedley Malaysia Grand Prix

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  • 9. At 1:29pm on 31 Dec 2009, Zippymk13 wrote:

    "It must be the first time Ronaldo has been marked by an anagram."
    Clive Tyldsley commentating during Man Utd v Porto - as Rolando marked Ronaldo at a corner.

    "The full name of this team is Liga Deportiva Universitaria De Quito - a slap in the face for the man who starts the chant 'Give me an L'. "
    Dave Woods during the World Club Cup final.

    "Cold, very cold, links golf. Ken Brown used to soak his balls in warm water for half an hour before playing. That did the trick."
    Mark James at The Open.

    "The leaders have now got an enormous lead and the peloton, frankly, can't be arsed to catch them up."
    Eurosport commentator talking to Sean Kelly on the first Monday of the Tour de France.

    These 4 had me in stitches

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  • 10. At 2:00pm on 31 Dec 2009, benwyborn wrote:

    My favourite was along the lines of:

    After seeing a driver spin off the track in qualifying:

    "Oh! He's gone off again!"
    "No, that's just a replay."

    Had me in stitches.

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  • 11. At 2:27pm on 31 Dec 2009, Croftalicious wrote:

    Adrian Sutil!!! What a legend!! haha!!

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  • 12. At 2:50pm on 31 Dec 2009, Ketakev wrote:

    Zola.. what a lad...

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  • 13. At 3:24pm on 31 Dec 2009, sadiqur wrote:

    Haha That Was Tooo Funny

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  • 14. At 4:19pm on 31 Dec 2009, TopClassCitizen - Its Hart-y Time wrote:

    I'm sure that Tony Pulis or Steve Bruce said about the Kaka-City saga:

    "We made a bid for Kaka, but they didn't tale our bid of £1m seriously!"

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  • 15. At 4:46pm on 31 Dec 2009, Kalma1212 wrote:

    @10 futureheadben


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  • 16. At 5:45pm on 31 Dec 2009, Race for your life wrote:

    I know his company is obviously called the following but Richard Branson on the Australian GP forum did have an amusing one liner:

    'Brawn Should keep plying with me Champagne and putting these gorgeous Virgin girls put on either side of me and you never know what might happen'. Nice girls but definetly had experience.

    Also day before
    ' We invested in the best engineer Ross Brawn and it came good. Yeh I know I'm a lucky b*****d'.

    Since Eddie Jordan had been confirmed on the Beeb, bets in Ireland, within the BBC and even in Britain were that he'd be the first person to swear on the programme(s) were high. Richard Branson took his crown and Jake Humphries you could see 'how am I gunna get out of this one barring apologies to the audience?!'.

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  • 17. At 7:14pm on 31 Dec 2009, MAUNDE wrote:

    Good selection Chris. I knew you would inclue '' my missus could have scored that ''. But why did you leave out Evra's quote? '' we can have the replay on my play-station''

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  • 18. At 8:52pm on 31 Dec 2009, Andy wrote:

    heard from a stockport fan, at moss rose, losing 4-0 to torquay in the cup, when the 4th official put the board up for 3 minutes added time, "have a heart, make it 1 ref!!"

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  • 19. At 8:58pm on 31 Dec 2009, MeanMrMustard wrote:

    "Felipe Baby..." was probably the best quote from the F1 world, although a mention to Vettel for his explanation on why he named his car such:

    "My original car was called Kate. But then it got smashed at the opening race in Australia. So we called this one Kate’s Dirty Sister because it is more aggressive and faster."

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  • 20. At 10:35pm on 31 Dec 2009, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    Great Post. Lovely to read, thanks. Brundle gets in twice. He is turning into a real class act. As an F1 driver he was brilliant. Minimal finesse, blistering outright speed, and good calls on the situation. In F3, he beat Senna. He was unintimidated by opponents, and those F1 fans who watch the race and pay scant regard to the overall statistics know what I mean. It is so useful to have an insider in the commentary position. And someone of Martin's character really pulls it off. I empathize with him. In my own position, I have worked in an extreme sport for 15 years, and still do, and make my living from what I do. Whilst not being "up there" with the greats, I have competed successfully at the highest level, with the very best in my field, and I am here today because I love those around me dearly and took that into account when deciding where my limits are. I do know what these people are like.

    These industries sprout huge egos, naturally, I mean really huge huge egos, but it is mainly all nonsense, and totally unwarranted. It is most notable through the individuals reaction with the media. It is amazing how the media will portray a sport, and how uninformed the public are as a result. Many individuals can't handle it, and start to think they can score points through winning media time, rather than doing anything in particular, and this "short cutting" can become nauseating. Brundle so knows that, at their level, as their unintimidated peer, and can call them on their arrogance any time he chooses, and it is great to watch. He wakes them up, slaps them about, pokes them in the eye. He's not there to ask them what their favorite color is. He wants to know why they are going backwards. When there is a man so informed, so at peace with his surroundings, and so unimpeded by the restrictions of media "niceties", it becomes compelling watching. He is not on the drivers' side, he is on our side, the viewer, the ultimate custodian of the cash that drives this lumbering machine. He is not bringing the drivers into our living rooms; instead, he grabs our hand and walks us down the grid like we own the place. I mean, we even get to tell Max where to get off!! And I love it.

    Very soon, every F1 team's PR arm will insist that they have interaction with Brundle. Next year he will so be after old man Schumacher. My bet is that they will make a great pre race grid comedy double act. The "Martin and Michael" show. They so both know, as professionals, that this is going to happen.

    More eye poking Martin. Please.

    Not sure it fits the thread, but I sort of went off. Good post.

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  • 21. At 11:04pm on 31 Dec 2009, Dixie_Blue_Dean wrote:

    "I don't like John Terry and I never have. He's got funny eyes and he's a cry baby. He's also a Cockney."

    Man City fan Noel Gallagher on why he didn't want John Terry at Eastlands.

    The above quote by Neol Gallagher is not only a classic gem and very amusing but it rings true in more ways than one. And equally amusing is the thought from the author of the quote himself.. says just as much about Neol Gallagher as John Terry.. Classic stuff..

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  • 22. At 12:45pm on 01 Jan 2010, AmarantineBlue wrote:

    "the new world cup match ball is out...and thierry henry can't wait to get his hands on it"- robbo's blog. outrage against the french handyman refined the standards of sly double entendre on the site. also: "maradona won the world cup single-handed...and we all know which hand that was!" vintage teesside malice.

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  • 23. At 1:06pm on 01 Jan 2010, Terry wrote:

    One quote that seems to have been missed was David Platt's jem when commentating on the Liverpool -Fiorentina C.L game " The advantage of winning the Group stage is you get to play the away leg at home." Now that is really an advantage!!!

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  • 24. At 2:19pm on 01 Jan 2010, LFCRed10 wrote:

    Agreed, Sutil=LAD/PLAYER!

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  • 25. At 4:14pm on 01 Jan 2010, Robbie Weir wrote:

    Journalist to the bald Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn: "Well John, that game must have had you pulling your hair out..."

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  • 26. At 4:55pm on 01 Jan 2010, Leo oh oh wrote:

    No "Stephen Ireland's on his own...he's looking for Kompany"?

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  • 27. At 8:45pm on 01 Jan 2010, The Robster wrote:

    My fave celeb quote was just the other week:

    Hugh Grant, on being asked his thoughts on Fulham's recent form: "I want to sleep with Roy Hodgson." Gotta be a romantic comedy in there somewhere...

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  • 28. At 10:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, Sparky wrote:

    A late bid for a Martin Tyler comment from last week's Arsenal v Aston Villa match:

    "Diaby - a man with real legs in the Arsenal midfield"

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  • 29. At 01:25am on 02 Jan 2010, Peter Farrell wrote:

    What about a fantasy quote.
    Imagine that Kaka had signed for city and elano was still playing for them. How would a spanish commentator explain an important substitution.
    "Kaka sale por elano"
    Ask your spanish speaking friends

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  • 30. At 01:54am on 02 Jan 2010, robWolvesfan1 wrote:

    You've missed out Mick McCarthy's quote regarding the furore surrounding his team selection vs Manchester United

    "I've heard Tiger Woods is driving around Florida in an open-top car singing 'Super Mick McCarthy'"

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  • 31. At 12:45pm on 02 Jan 2010, gosh wrote:

    Brilliant. What a year

    Where are the chants though?

    I think Sheffield Wednesdays at the City game of 'were sh/t, and we know we are' was the best Ive heard this year.

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  • 32. At 08:01am on 05 Jan 2010, abccba wrote:

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

  • 33. At 1:33pm on 06 Jan 2010, Phil314 wrote:

    "The situation is ongoing but he is with us now until the end of the season - unless Ipswich tell us otherwise. That's the matter closed as far as I am concerned - until it is opened again."
    Aidy Boothroyd (colchester manager) stating the obvious regarding Kevin Lisbie

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