The guff of Christmas past:

The festive season can be tough for footballers. Bobby Gould was thankful for small mercies:
“We are really lucky this year because Christmas falls on Christmas Day.”

You could always trust Bruce Rioch to capture the spirit of the occasion:
“What’s it like being in Bethlehem, the place where Christmas began? I suppose it’s like seeing Ian Wright at Arsenal…”

Tom Tyrrell tended to find the maths even trickier than usual:
“They’ll close the gap on Arsenal to two points. Who knows what the gap might have been if they hadn’t had that hiccup before Christmas and lost to Blackburn and Middlesbrough?”

Even on his birthday, the star of the show always had his work cut out ousting Drewery from any Glenn Hoddle side:
“Look at Jesus. He was a normal run of the mill sort of guy who had a genuine gift, just as Eileen has.”

And Kevin Keegan just dreaded  making his transfer window list:
“Well, that’s like asking me who is on my Christmas card list. I sit down with the wife and I say \’Did they send us one last year or this year’, and if they haven’t we rip the name up and throw it in the bin. But then, a couple of days after Christmas the card might arrive late so we do a card for them on the 28th and date it the 22nd and send it off and hope they don’t notice…I haven’t a clue what I’m talking about.”

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