Phil Cornwell quotes

  • It's not often you find yourself writing about a game that you haven't seen one kick of. But it's not often that the favourites lose 5-0 in one of their most important matches of the season. But all things considered - the difference between expectations of success and margin of victory, the fact of Strachan's debut, the injury to Chris Sutton, the joy it will bring Rangers fans, and the potential financial loss of going out of Europe completely in the first week in August - it is hard to remember the last defeat this bad for any team.
    -- Phil Cornwell

    #Soccer #Team #Writing

  • Tony Cottee once played in all four divisions in one season. Cottee started 2000-01 at Leicester City, where he made a couple of Premiership appearances as a sub before being released to Norwich, in what was then Division One. In November the chance to be player-manager of Barnet came up and soon Cottee was playing in Division Three, but alas it did not work out. By March he was again looking for work and found it, with two sub appearances, at Millwall in Division Two.
    -- Phil Cornwell

    #Soccer #Football #Couple

  • Having not had a chance to review the tape and obviously not been in the tunnel, I will take the Wenger amendment on this one for now.
    -- Phil Cornwell

    #Soccer #Football #Tunnels

  • The game's finest mistakes were perpetrated by Djimi Traore, who interrupted his general competence with one air shot, one slice over his own head and a foul so telegraphed that even the lenient referee seemed to have his card out a couple of seconds before contact was made, to show the first yellow of the game.
    -- Phil Cornwell

    #Soccer #Football #Couple

  • Manchester United have risen to the pinnacle of the English game at a time when the rewards are so high - thanks to the ticket to the Champions League - that they have resources that only a handful of other sides, through merit or the exploitation of the people of Russia, can approach.
    -- Phil Cornwell

    #Soccer #Football #Games

  • Crime is fast destroying the moral fabric of South African cities, and is becoming a major threat to South African democracy as well as the prominent manifestation of a "class war" that is largely a continuation of the "race war" of yesterday.

  • I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George (Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.

  • The club continued to make significant player decisions without involving me. In the end, such a breach of trust and confidence meant that I had no option but to leave.

  • This will be their 19th consecutive game without a win unless they can get an equaliser.

  • We hope we're better. The reality is we had a pretty darn good team last year. But you can't just throw your gloves out there and be good again. We want to take that next step as a team.

  • I feel like Josh, Michelle and Adam were all team players, who wanted to be a part of an ensemble.

  • I grew up trying to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, not Team Canada. Didn't even know it existed.

  • Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

  • The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.

  • When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other.