The Football Association of Wales are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed. We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family. We ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy at this very sad time.
~ Football Association of Wales, 27 November 2011
The death of Gary Speed is nothing short of a tragedy. He was universally regarded as a gentleman on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers go out for his family and country and this sad time.
“I don’t think we played badly at all today – if we carry on playing like that I’ll be happy – but we slaughtered Newcastle and not to get the three points was a travesty.”
~ Sir Alex Ferguson 11/26/2011
Sir Alex complaining about a bad decision by the linesman to incorrectly reward Newcastle with a penalty. Just to set the record straight, a travesty is a mockery or false representation of something. Other travesties near and dear to Manchester United might be Rio Ferdinand’s defending and the current United midfield.
“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think that sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
~ Eric Cantona, January 28, 1995
On January 27, 1995, Eric Cantona Kung-Fu kicked a Manchester United fan for alleged verbal abuse as Cantona walked off the pitch. His only explanation after the match was the fantastic quote above. Eric the Legend. Part footballer, part French philosopher.
BBC has more on the origins of the quote in the link below:
And you should buy the “I got kicked by Cantona” shirt:
“Honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it!”
~ Kevin Keegan, May 1996
Kevin Keegan responds to comments from Sir Alex Ferguson with one of the most memorable tirades in soccer history. Newcastle held a 12 point lead in January 1996 but ended up second to Manchester United in the end. Keegan’s tirade came just before the last game of the season when Manchester United beat Middlesborough 3-0 and Newcastle drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.