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"If you asked what would be my one wish, it would be to go back to England and in one mad, great year, take over one club and win the championship. And i'd feel, well, i'd done it."

Then manager of Porto, Bobby Robson hints at a return to the old country.


"We mustn't be despondent. We don't have to play them every week - although we do play them next week as it happens."

Bobby Robson after a 2-0 league defeat to Arsenal who United face a week later in the FA Cup.
"Bellamy came on at Liverpool and did well, but everyone thinks that he's the saviour, that he's Jesus Christ. He's not Jesus Christ."

Bobby Robson debunks an unlikely myth.


"They can't be monks - we don't want them to be monks; we want them to be football players because a monk doesn't play football at this level." :D

Bobby Robson on the habits of his playing staff.
"If we invite any player up to the quayside to see the girls and then up to our magnificent stadium, we will be able to persuade any player to sign."

Bobby Robson on the myriad attractions of Tyneside.


"Of all the clubs i played for, i still get tingles down the back of my neck thinking about Newcastle."

Mickey Quinn.
"At Newcastle i was older than the manager, older than the assistant manager, older than the physio and the club doctor - which must be some sort of a record."

Stuart Pearce recounts life as captain of Newcastle's Dad's Army.


"When i arrived,the fans called me a thieving Spaniard and a bloody gypsy who was robbing the clubs cash."

Marcelino who is unlikely to return to the North East on holiday.
"I haven't had any complaints from my neighbours yet but maybe that's because they're all Newcastle supporters - I'm just waiting to see what happens if i get any mackems moving into the neighbourhood."

Lomana LuaLua on his fondness for playing loud music.


"I took him off because he wasn't hungry enough for his hat-trick."

Hardman Arthur Cox explains why he substituted two-goal Chris Waddle, 1983.
"I'm just a sheet metal worker's son from Gosforth."

Alan Shearer local hero 1996.


"The circus came to town but the lions and tigers didn't turn up."

Kevin Keegan after losing at Old Trafford in December 1995.
"He's not a player you can tell to do this or do that, you just have to let him get o with it."

Kevin Keegan after Tino Asprilla's debut, Feb 1996.


"I've been out of short trousers for a long time now and i'm not going to say this is the worst day of my life."

Kenny Dalglish after being sacked, Aug 1998.
"We're developing our youth policy."

Kenny Dalglish after Ian Rush joined fellow veteran John Barnes in Toon.


"I know the players i want. It is like i have them in the fridge waiting to come out."

Ruud Gullit gives his current squad the cold shoulder.
" When he first came hev wanted to get a fishing boat so they took him to Tynemouth the first weekend he was here. He took one look at the North Sea and said, F**k that!"

Tino Asprilla's interpreter Nick Emerson.


"Vaya cuidad - what a town!"

Tino Asprilla after his first visit to Newcastle's famous Bigg Market.
"If we as a club - or Bill McGarry as an individual - had wanted a black and white army we would have introduced conscription."

Club programme editorial after crowd trouble at Hillsborough 1980.


"Three goals - not bad."

Tino Asprilla's appraisal of his stunning hat-trick against Barcelona 1997.
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