THE WEEK IN GUFF
During City-Chelsea, Lawro put his neck on the line.
“Everyone who wants to win it has to finish above Chelsea, for me.”
Though he refused to rule out a historic double:
“At least one of these two teams will win the league.”
Reflecting on Cork City’s title win 2005, John O’Flynn revealed one teammate was a horse of a boy:
“Some of the young lads like Garry Buckley was in the crowd that night with his dad on his shoulders.”
Niall Quinn must attract some quizzical looks when he goes about his business during the week:
“The last time Liverpool played in London, I was applauding their performance for days.”
Danny ‘Batman’ Higginbotham’s finely tuned ears kept tabs on the Loftus Road atmosphere:
“It went up a decibel.”
Quinny reflects on the charmed life of the modern footballer:
“Hernandez – he’s been travelling all over the place trying to get his passport sorted out.”
September is coming round earlier every year for Alan Parry:
“Liverpool have already let in more goals than at the corresponding stage last season.”
BACK TO THE FUTURE
“Crouch and Defoe – them two would still be playing for England if I was the manager.”
Paul Merson succinctly illustrates why he’s no longer the manager anywhere.
Mark ‘Muscles’ Lawrenson files his verdict on Mesut Ozil:
“He’s got the body of an office worker.”
NO RED FACES
“United need to make sure this doesn’t become embarrassing.”
From 3-1 up to 5-3 down against a promoted side, Alan Smith’s embarrassment threshold seems quite high.
Bury’s injury bulletins are beginning to supply too much information:
@buryfcofficial: “I’m feeling good and the groin’s feeling strong, touch wood” Nardiello #buryfc
WORD OF THE WEEK
Wilshere on Welbeck: “He doesn’t get the recognisation he deserves.”
Hammers’ co-owner David Gold didn’t show much appreciation for the faithful who made it to Hull.
@davidgold: Safe journey home you West Ham fans. It’s a long way but well done, your support was invalid. Thank you. dg.
There were early indications from Liam Brady on Champions League night that the RTE lads will be investing as heavily as ever in research this season.
“They have Lewandowski up front who they paid an absolute fortune for.”
Who could Eamon Dunphy have been talking about in this interview with thescore.ie?
“We had a panelist not too long ago who didn’t actually respect anyone he was working with and he was a pain in the arse.”
Brendan Rodgers might yet need to take Lee Dixon’s advice to kickstart Liverpool’s season:
“I think Liverpool will play a 4-4-3 tonight.”
DIFFERENT BALL GAMES
Cyril Farrell on Tommy Quaid: “He wears his heart on his shoulder.”