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.

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  1. Hirsty says:

    Haha a class act. RIP Sir Bobby.

  2. Ryan B says:

    I’ll second that, hilarious but what a bloke. RIP and God help us now he’s gone.

  3. Paul(No1Fan) says:

    Hilarious! What a fine fellow. Will be missed

  4. LoveTheBobby says:

    As a Newcasle fan I was lucky enough to have
    experieced Champions League football under
    the irreplacable Sir Bobby.
    Prior to one of these games Bobby described
    the speedy sale of tickets –
    “….theyre going like cream cakes”
    God Bless you Bobby – you are my hero.
    A giant
    A Geordie
    A gentleman

  5. shaun says:

    you cant forget i think one of his best ot sports personality 2007.
    “no one wins anything on their own, even tiger woods has a caddy”

  6. Will says:

    I remember a post match interview where, when describing Shola Ameobi’s performance, he said “the young lad played well, his youth and experience helped him, and i think Kieron’s going to be a great asset for us over the years”
    Bobby Robson was and will always be a true inspiration, i’m lucky enough to have met him twice, and he struck a chord definitely.
    Even now he’s sorely missed in the crazy world that is football.
    RIP Sir Bobby

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