Top 20 Bobby Robson quotes

Ollie Irish

1st, August 2009


Sir Bobby had a magical way with words, even if sometimes he struggled to get them in the right order…
1. “We can’t replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?”
2. “What can I say about Peter Shilton? Peter Shilton is Peter Shilton, and he has been Peter Shilton since the year dot.”
3. “I would have given my right arm to be a pianist.”

4. “People want success. It’s like coffee, they want instant.”
5. “We’re flying on Concorde. That’ll shorten the distance. That’s self-explanatory.”
6. “Some of the goals were good, some of the goals were sceptical.”
7. “I do want to play the short ball and I do want to play the long ball. I think long and short
balls is what football is all about.”
8. “If you count your chickens before they’ve hatched, they won’t lay an egg.”
9. “Gary Speed has never played better, never looked fitter, never been older.”
10. “Ray Wilkins’ day will come one night.”
11. “When Gazza was dribbling, he used to go through a minefield with his arm - a bit like you go through a supermarket.”
12. “We put some good subs on to hang onto the fort.”
13. “Denis Law once kicked me at Wembley in front of the Queen in an international. I mean, no man is entitled to do that, really.”
14. “Steve Hodge has been unfit for two weeks… well, no, for 14 days.”
15. “The margin is very marginal.”
16. “Home advantage gives you an advantage.”
17. “I played cricket for my local village. It was 40 overs per side, and the team that had the most runs won. It was that sort of football.”
18. “Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.”
19. “In a year’s time, he’s a year older.”
20. “Look at those olive trees! They’re 200 years old – from before the time of Christ.”
RIP Bob.