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52,000 people here at Maine Road tonight, but my goodness me, it seems like 50,000
Byron Butler

In the Scottish Cup you only get one crack at the cherry against Rangers or Celtic
Tom Ferrie

And now we have the formalities over, we'll have the National Anthems
Brian Moore

Wembley way is beginning to blacked with people in terms of red and blue
Alan Jackson

Plenty of goals in Divisions 3 & 4 today. Darlington nil, Hereford nil.
Radio 2

Anything from 1-0 to 2-0 would be a nice result
Bobby Robson

That now means that from the British point of view, Anderlecht lead 3-2
Byron Butler

There were two second division matches last night, both in the second division
Dominic Allen

The whole team stopped as one man, but Arkwright in particular
Brian Moore

I don't hold water with that theory
Ron Greenwood

I think Charlie George was one of Arsenal's all time great players. A lot of people might not agree with that, but I personally do
Jimmy Greaves

They have more ability in the middle of the field in terms of ability
Jimmy Armfield

It's now 4-3 to Oldham, the goals are going in like dominoes
Piccadilly Radio

The margin is very marginal
Bobby Robson

And Watford acknowledge the support of the crowd, indeed of the crowd that supported them
Barry Davies

At least is was a victory and at least we won
Bobby Moore

And Sheffield Wednesday the winners 2-0, leaving the Anfield crowd brainwashed
Stuart Hall

Despite the rain, it's still raining here at Old Trafford
Jimmy Hill

There are still hundreds of question marks to be answered
Jimmy Armfield

Yes, Woodcock would have scoresd but his shot was just too perfect
Ron Atkinson

It slid away from his left boot which was poised with the trigger cocked
Barry Davies

We have been saying this, both pre season and before the season started
Len Ashurst

But as you know, the result for City is not as bad as it sounds on paper
Steve McIllwenn

We go into the second half with United 1-0 up, so the game is perfectly balanced
Peter Jones

Manchester United have go the bull between the horns now
Billy MacNeil

I'll never play at Wembley again, unless I play at Wembley again
Kevin Keegan

Yes, he is not unused to playing in midfield, but at the same time he's not used to playing there either
Emlyn Hughes

The run of the ball is not in our court at the moment
Phil Neal

Well Terry, can you tell us where you are in the league, how far are you ahead of the second team?
Ian StJohn

Runners up at Wembley four times, never bride always the bridegrooms, Leicester
Peter Jones

Halifax against Spurs, the original David against Goliath confrontation
John Helm

That goal surprised most people, least of all myself
Garth Crooks

Well actually we got the winner up there with three minutes to go, but then they equalised
Ian McNail

Ian Rush, deadly ten times out of ten, but that wasn't one of them
Peter Jones

He hit the post, and after the game people will say, well, he hit the post
Jimmy Greaves

I think you and the referee were in a minority of one, Billy
Jimmy Armfield

Portsmouth are at Huddersfield, which is always away
Jimmy Greaves

The red hair of John Brown on the bench there
Archie McPherson

Newport 0, Wrexham 1. Well done the Welsh there
Radio 2

This is the one-off occasion and you can't get any bigger occasion than that
Bryan Robson

It was a fair decision, the penalty, even though it was debatable whether it was inside or outside the box
Bobby Charlton

Believe it or not, goals can change a game
Mike Channon

So often the pendulum contines to swing with the side that has just pulled themselves out of the hole
Tony Gubba

Numero Eins, as they say in Germany
Peter Jones

Our fans have been branded with the same brush
Ron Atkinson

Ian Rush unleashed his left foot and it hit the back of the net
Mike England

You'll be hoping that this run of injuries will stop earlier than it started
Andrew Gidley

Ian Durant has grown both physically and metaphorically in the close season
Jock Wallace

It will be a shame if either side lose, and that applies to both sides
Jock Brown

At the end of the day, the Arsenal fans demand that we put eleven players on the pitch
Don Howe

Peter Shilton conceded five, you don't get many of those to the dozen
Des Lynam

It's Great Britain in the all white strip, with the red and blue V, the dark shorts and dark socks
Ray French

Well Kerry, you're 19 and you're a lot older than a lot of people younger than yourself
Mike Gray

United have a very experienced bench which they may want to play to turn the tide of the match
Byron Butler

It was a good match, which could have gone either way and very nearly did
Jim Sherwin

Oh, he had an eternity to play that ball, but he took too long over it
Martin Tyler

Everything in our favour was against us
Danny Blanchflower

And so no the fair, long hair of Adrian Heath has been thrown into action
Byron Butler

I think everyone in the stadium went home happy, except all those people in Rumania
Ron Greenwood

Well, he had two stabs at the cherry
Alan Green

Butcher goes forward as Ipswich throw their last trump card into the fire
Byron Butler

Once again it was Gough who stood firm for Scotland in the air
Jock Brown

The scoreline didn't really reflect the outcome
Tony Gubba

I can't promise anything but I can promise 100%
Paul Power

John Lyall, very much a claret and blue man, from his stocking feet to his hair
Peter Jones

Walsall have given City more than one anxious moment amongst many anxious moments
Dennis Law

Billy Gilbert hit a kamikaze back pass which Justin Fashinu pounced on like a black Frank Bruno
Ian Dark

Peter Weir has just shrugged off an ankle injury
Jock Brown

Mark Ward has only got size 5 boots but he sure packs a hell of a punch with them
Brian Moore

McCarthy shakes his head in agreement with the referee
Martin Tyler

Souness' football brain working at a hundred miles an hour there
Brian Moore

Stevens got to the line, crossed the ball and Linekar wrapped it all up with his head
Ralph Dellor

I'm afraid that Francis this season has been suffering from a panacea of injury
Dale Barnes

Manchester United are looking to Frank Stapleton to pull some magic out of the fire
Jimmy Hill

It really needed the blink of an eyelid, otherwuse you would have missed it
Peter Jones

We've got nothing to lose, and there's no point losing this game
Bobby Robson

Northern Ireland were in white, which was quite appropriate because three inches of snow had to be cleared from the pitch before kick off
John Motson

And Bailey comes out to save, immediately there is a whole wasps nest of blue shirts swarming around him
Byron Butler

A win tonight is the minimum City must achieve
Alan Parry

Who ever wins today will win the championship no matter who wins
Denis Law

And meade had a hatrick. He scoresd two goals
Richard Whitmore

In Scotland football hooliganism has been met by banning alcohol from grounds but in England this solution has been circumnavigated
Wallace Mercer

The boys feet have been up in the clouds since the win
Alan Buckley

Chesterfield 1, Chester 1. Another score draw in the local derby
Des Lynam

The dice are stacked against them
Theo Foley

Spurs, one of the in-form teams of the moment with sucessive wins are almost as impressive as Queens Park Rangers with five.
Bob Wilson

I'm not superstitious or anything like that, but I'll just hope we'll play our best and put it in the lap of the gods
Terry Neill

Bryan Robson, well, he does what he does and his future is in the future
Ron Greenwood

The whole team stopped as one man, but Arkwright in particular
Brian Moore

Well clearly Graeme it all went according to plan, what was the plan exactly ?
Elton Wellsby

Wayne Clarke, one of the famous Clarke familiy, and he's one of them, of course
Brian Moore

It's a Renaissance, or put more simply, some you win, some you lose
Des Lynam

I don't blame individuals, Elton, I blame myself
Joe Royle

Football is a game of skill, we kicked them a bit and they kicked us a bit
Graham Roberts

Notting Forest are having a bad run, they've lost six matches in a row now without winning
David Coleman

£5.3 million is a large loaf to be throwing away before a ball's been kicked
Jimmy Greaves

Players win games and players lose games, it's all about players really
Bobby Ferguson

His strengths were my weaknesses and my weaknesses were his strengths
John Bond

There is no change in the top six of division 2, except that Leeds have moved into the top six
Fred Dinage

So that's 1-0, sounds like the score at Boundary Park where of course its' 2-2
Jack Wainwright

Kicked wide of the goal with such precision
Des Lynam

I do want to play the long ball and I do not want to play the short ball. I think long and short balls is what football is all about
Bobby Robson

Interviewer: In your new book, Pat, you've devoted a whole chapter to Jimmy Greaves
Pat Jennings: Yes that's right, well what can you say about Jimmy ?

You can see how O'Leary is absolutely racked with pain, and realises it
Brian Moore

At the end of the day, it's all about what's on the shelf at the end of the year
Steve Coppell

...and now the Northern Ireland Manager, Billy Bingham, will have to put his thinking boots on
BBC Radio

I am a firm believer that if you score one goal the other team have to score two to win
Howard Wilkinson

So it means that, mathematically, Southampton have 58 points
Peter Jones

If you had to name one particular person to blame it would have to be one of the players
Theo Foley

We are really the victims of our own problems
Jimmy Greaves

Here's Brian Flynn. His official height is five feet five and he doesn't look much taller than that
Alan Green

Mabutt has now played seven consecutive games for England, this is his seventh
Martin Tyler

I'd have to be superman to do some of the things I'm supposed to have done, I've been at six different places at six different times
George Best

That's a question mark everyone's asking
Bruce Grobbelar

Dickie Davies: What's he going to be telling his team at half time Denis
Denis Law: He'll be telling them that there are 45 minutes left to play

Well as for Ian Rush, he's perfectly fit, apart, that is, from his physical fitness
Mike England

I'm not going to make it a target but it's something to aim for
Steve Coppell

And now International Soccer Special, Manchester United v Southampton
David Coleman

Well Ibrox is filling up slowly, but rapidly
James Sanderson

Hodge scored for Forest after only 22 seconds, totally against the run of play
Peter Lorenzo

Queens Park against Forfar, you can't get more romantic than that
Archie McPherson

We are really quite lucky this yeara because Christmas falls on Christmas Day
Bobby Gould

He put it just where he meant it and it passed the Luxembourg goal post by 18 inches
Byron Butler

Ardilies always says "If you're confident you're always totally different to the player that's lacking confidence"
Keith Burkinshaw

The goals made such a difference to the way this game went
John Motson

Well we got nine and you can't score more than that
Bobby Robson

This is a tremendous assest for the club, a tremendous headache lifted from our shoulders, really.
Elton John

The only thing Norwich didn't get was the goal that they finally got
Jimmy Greaves

We could be putting the hammer in Luton's coffin
Ray Wilkins

Football's football, if that weren't the case it wouldn't be the game that it is
Garth Crooks

I predicted in August Celtic would reach the final. On the eve of the final I stand by that prediction
James Sanderson

and with 8 minutes left the game could be won or lost in the next 5 or 10 minutes
Jimmy Armfield

Ian St John: Is he speaking to you yet?
Jimmy Greaves: Not yet, but I hope to be incommunicado with him in a very short space of time

It's a game of two teams
Peter Brackley

Wolves Keeper John Burridge has consciously modelled himself on the great Peter Shilton, same sort of hair style
Byron Butler

If England had scored in the first half, I think the young legs would have found younger hearts inside them
Jimmy Armfield

Systems are made by players rather than players making systems
Theo Foley

and then there was Johan Cryuff, who at 35 has added a whole new meaning to Anno Domini
Archie McPherson

I don't really believe in targets, because my next target is to beat Stoke City
Ron Wylie

And at the end of the season you can only do as well as what you have done
Bryan Robson

Real possession football, this. And Zico's lost it
John Helm

I can't see us getting beat now, once we get our tails in front
Jim Platt

They can crumble as easily as ice cream in this heat
Sammy Nelson

Don't tell those coming in now the result of that fantastic match. Now let's have another look at Italy's winning goal
David Coleman

A few question marks are being asked in the Honduran defence
Alan Green

The acoustics seem to get louder
Hugh Johns

Being given chances, and not taking them. That's what life is all about
Ron Greenwood

Wilkins sends an inch perfect pass to no one in particular
Byron Butler

To me personally, it's nothing personal to me
Ron Greenwood

It is a cup final and the one who wins it goes through
Jimmy Hill

He's marked his entrance with an error of some momentum
Barry Davies

Even when you're dead you shouldn't lie down and let yourself be buried
Gordon Lee

But the ball was going all the way, right away, eventually
Archie McPherson

And Ritchie has now scored 11 goals, exactly double the number he scored last season
Alan Parry

Quiroga touches it away. Nothing he doesn't do that isn't spectacular
Gerry Harrison

Socrates, so named because his father was interested in Greek mythology

The Spaniards have been reduced to aiming aimless balls into the box
Ron Atkinson

On this 101st FA Cup Final day, there are just two teams left
David Coleman

That shot might not have been as good as it might have been
John Motson

And Wigan Athletic are certain to be promoted barring a mathmatical tragedy
Tony Gubba

Again Mariner and Butcher are trying to work the oracle on the near post
Martin Tyler

He hit that one like an arrow
Alan Parry

Football's all about 90 minutes
Glen Hoddle

In fact that's Swindon's first win of any kind in nine matches
David Coleman

I felt a lump in my mouth as the ball went in
Terry Venables

It's always very satidfying to beat Arsenal, as indeed Arsenal would admit
Peter Jones

John Bond has brought in a young left sided midfield player, who, I guess, will play on the left side of midfield
Jimmy Armfield

Byron Butler: You'd obviously made up your mind to play both Stein and Walsh?
Bobby Robson: Yes, I thought that individually and as a pair, they'd do better together

And the second goal was a blue print of the first
Byron Butler

I'd like to have seen Tony Morely left on as a down and out winger
Jimmy Armfield

Most of the people who can remember when we were a great club are dead
Notts County Chairman

One of Asa's great qualities is not scoring goals
Roy Small

Whelan was in the position he was, exactly
Jimmy Armfield

It feel like winning the cup final, if that's what it feels like
Graham Hawkins

The last player to score a hatrick in a cup final was Stan Mortenson. He even had a final named after him, the Matthews final
Lawrie McMenemy

The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we came from the same place, play for the same club and were discovered by the same man
Norman Whiteside

Arsenal, with Petrovic anonymous
David Davies

Obviously for Scunthorpe it would be a nice scalp to put Wimbledon on their bottoms
Dave Bassett

Wallace, moving forward, his red hair always in the action
Peter Jones

The match has become quite unpredictable, but it still looks as though Arsenal will win the cup
John Motson

There was a paradox of air in the town when we arrived in Watfor this afternoon
Andy Smith

Great goal by Moss, straight into the textbook
Gerry Harrison

If you stand still there is only one way to go, and that's backwards
Peter Shilton

Not the first half you might have expected, even though the score might suggest that it was
John Motson

I don't know if that result's enough to life Birmingham off the bottom of the table, although it'll certainly take them above Sunderland
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