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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 08:54 GMT
Quotes of the year
Valuable insights from the sporting world in 2004. Part II follows on New Year's Eve.

Sir Alex Ferguson
A true red-blooded male

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 shows why the BBC hired him for Euro 2004.

It must be a comedy if a British player is winning at Wimbledon!
Serena Williams looks forward to 'Wimbledon' - the movie which depicts a plucky Briton coming from nowhere to win the tournament.

I don't get on with baldies - especially fat ones like the one next to me
Snooker star Quinten Hann on rival Mark King. The pair met in the boxing ring the following month with eventual victory going to Hann.

It will be difficult to get the player I want because Posh doesn't want to move to Reading!
Reading boss Steve Coppell on the only stumbling block between him and David Beckham.

Harry Redknapp
Harry shows he's keen student of foreign languages

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

I left a couple of my foreigners out last week and they started talking in "foreign". I knew what they were saying: "Blah, blah, blah, le b****** manager, f****** useless b******!"
Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp.

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 reacts to news that Audley Harrison has 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.

I've told the players that people will still be watching that match when we're all six feet under...or cremated...or whatever we intend to do with ourselves
Keegan after watching his side turn it around to win 4-3.

Portuguese boss Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari offers some food for thought

Now the recipe is, as we say in Brazil, feet on the ground, a little bit of chicken soup
Even Portuguese boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, a Brazilian, admits to some "fowl play" after the penalty shoot-out win over England.

We didn't think he would play on Sunday because he was suspended - that makes me think he has all the qualities to join Arsenal!
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger gives his verdict on new signing Jose Antonio Reyes.

The shopping trolley was a surprise, I must admit
Livingston captain Stuart Lovell on his first trip to Tennent's Scottish Cup fourth round opponents Spartans, where the team discover a number of items on the pitch.

Our central defenders, Doherty and Anthony Gardner, were fantastic and I told them that when they go to bed tonight they should think of each other
Spurs boss David Pleat encourages close relations between his players.

These trainers aren't for show, I am an athlete
30-stone BDO world darts champion Andy Fordham.

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

Maybe I should put myself forward for I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here. Then again, all the other guests would leave!
Former snooker star Alex Higgins thinks of ways to make a comeback.


Claudio Ranieri
Ranieri proves he is never lost for words

Before you kill me, you call me the "dead man walking". I must buy you an espresso. But only a little one - I am Scottish!
The former Chelsea boss tries to allay fears about his imminent departure from Stamford Bridge.

Hello my sharks, welcome to the funeral
To the press before Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg with Monaco.

People have said I am a dead man walking but I am not - I am still moving. It is difficult to kill me
And again

You're being sacked in the summer Charlton fans to Ranieri.
No, I will be sacked in May! Ranieri (shouting back to them).



Highlights of 2004


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