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The Big Ron Thread

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Ron Atkinson (b. 1939) English football (soccer) pundit, ex player, Manchester United manager. Nickname: 'Big Ron'. :king:


some quotes:


'On another night, they'd have won 2-2.'

-- (Ron commenting on a Valencia-Liverpool Match)


'The midfield is outnumbered numerically.'


'For me their biggest threat is when they get into the attacking part of the field.'


'Zero-zero is a big score.'


'The keeper was unsighted - he still didn't see it.'


'There's nobody fitter at his age, except maybe Raquel Welch.'

-- (Ron commenting on 39 year old Scot Gordon Strachan)


'Scholes and Van Nistelrooy drugged the last two defenders.'


'Well, Clive, it's all about the two M's - movement and positioning.'


'I tell you what, if the Cameroons get a goal back here they're literally gonna catch on fire.'


'I would not say that he (David Ginola) is one of the best left wingers in the Premiership, but there are none better.'


'They've come out at half time and gone bang.'


'[Phil Neville] was treading on dangerous water there...'


'I've had this sneaking feeling throughout the game that it's there to be won...'


'I would also think that the replay showed it to be worse than it actually was.'


'I think that was a moment of cool panic there.'


'Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs.'


'If Glenn Hoddle said one word to his team at half time, it was concentration and focus.'


'They must go for it now as they have nothing to lose but the match.'


'Woodcock would have scored, but his shot was too perfect.'


'Someone in the England team will have to grab the ball by the horns.'


'He's not only a good player, but he's spiteful in the nicest sense of the word.'


'Tony Adams - he's the rock that the team has grown from.'


'...and he [Peter Schmeichel] extends and grows even bigger than he is.'


'They've done the old-fashioned things well; they've kicked the ball, they've headed it...'


'They've picked their heads up off the ground, and they now have a lot to carry on their shoulders.'


'Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.'


'He sliced the ball when he had it on a plate.'


'I'm afraid they've left their legs at home.'


'You half fancied that to go in as it was rising and dipping at the same time.'


'Chelsea look like they've got a couple more gears left in the locker.'


'Now Manchester United are 2-1 down on aggregate, they are in a better position than when they started the game at 1-1.




more later maybe.

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You forgot that he was also manager of Wednesday :mad:




Anyway, I think John Motson is the king among prats:



"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all yellow strip"


"The World Cup is a truly International event"


"I think this could be our best victory over Germany since the war"


"The game is balanced in Arsenal's favour."


"Northern Ireland were in white, which was quite appropriate because three inches of snow had to be cleared from the pitch before kick off"


"The goals made such a difference to the way this game went"


''The unexpected is always likely to happen...''


"That shot might not have been as good as it might have been"


"So different from the scenes in 1872, at the cup final none of us can remember"


"And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction"


''It's Arsenal 0, Everton 1, and the longer it stays like that the more you've got to fancy Everton to win"


"It's a football stadium in the truest sense of the word"


"Whether that was a penalty or not, the referee thought otherwise.''


"The match has become quite unpredictable, but it still looks as though Arsenal will win the cup"


''That's an old Ipswich move - O'Callaghan crossing for Mariner to drive over the bar.''


"Not the first half you might have expected, even though the score might suggest that it was"


''Nearly all the Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts - it's a fabulous kaleidoscope of colour!''


''And what a time to score! 22 minutes gone"


''The referee is wearing the same yellow-coloured top as the Slovakian goalkeeper. I'd have thought the UEFA official would have spotted that - but perhaps he's been deafened by the noise of this crowd''


''Chelsea haven't got any out and out strikers on the bench unless you count Zenden who's more of a winger''


"Oh, that's good running on the run."


"And I suppose they [spurs] are nearer to being out of the FA Cup now than at any other time since the first half of this season, when they weren't ever in it anyway."





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Originally posted by Ken Barlow

You forgot that he was also manager of Wednesday :mad:


yeah i know, and Barcelona amongst others. i was copying and pasting from a website...

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Brian Moore


'The familiar sight of Liverpool lifting the League Cup for the first time...'


'They (Rosenborg) have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them.'


'This is going to be a very long 30 minutes with 26 minutes left.'


'Pearce with the kick...the last throw for England.'


'They've flown in from all over the world, have the rest of the world team.'


'Newcastle of course, unbeaten in their last five wins.'


'The winners [of the Champion's League] stand to make £10 million in prize money - that's before any money they can make on programme sales, hot dogs and the like.'


'He [Zinedine Zidane] has the body of a bear, the mind of a fox and, er, terrific skills.'


'He has the brain of a refridgerator.'


'Bryan Robson wears his shirt on his sleeve'


'Mark Ward has only got size 5 boots but he sure packs a hell of a punch with them'


'Wayne Clarke, one of the famous Clarke family, and he's one of them, of course.'



I expect this to be a football quotes superthread when I come back after the weekend.....

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has anyone else noticed big ron gets behind one team more than the other? usually the english team over the european...

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^ yeah i notice that. they all do on ITV in european games, smug bastards.


more Big Ron-isms...


'Huddersfield will want to win this one.'


'That was Pele's strength - holding people off with his arm.'


'Stoichkov's playing on the wing, in this situation he likes to come in and scalp the centre-half.'


'[He's] the eqivalent of the Spanish David Beckham.'


'A ten-foot keeper really should have stopped that'


'There's a little triangle - five left-footed players.'


'He must be lightning slow'


'There's a snap about Liverpool that just isn't there'


'For me their biggest threat is when they get into the attacking part of the field.'


'If you score against the Italians you deserve a goal'


'He'll take some pleasure from that, Brian Carey. He and Steve Bull have been having it off all afternoon.'


'His white boots were on fire against Arsenal, and he'll be looking for them to reproduce tonight.'


'When Scholes gets it [tackling] wrong, they come in so late that they arrive yesterday'


'This is the best Man United have played in Europe this season and, conversely, the opposition has been excellent.'


'There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs.'


'Our fans have been branded with the same brush.'


'The Spaniards have been reduced to aiming aimless balls into the box'


'The keeper should have saved that one, but he did.'


'Their strength is their strength'


'They are playing above the ground'


'He could have done a lot better there, but full marks to the lad.'


'Jari Litmanen should be made compulsory'


'Heskey needs to punch his own weight'



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