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2013: A Year in Words

ESPN staff
December 28, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager in May © PA Photos

It's been another fantastic year of sporting quotes - here's a few of our favourites from the past 12 months...


"I am very sorry about this news Chamakh has sign a 6 month loan deal! not my pick"

West Ham United owner David Sullivan's son, Jack Sullivan, questions his old man's scouting policy on Twitter

"I nearly had to stop myself jumping across the table to kiss him, which would have made it really awkward in a room with just two guys!"

Ireland skipper Jamie Heaslip on the moment Declan Kidney told him he would be captaining his country during the Six Nations

"I try not to take anything now, really, other than Corona and vodka."

Lee Westwood makes it clear there would be no chance of him getting sucked into the deer-antler spray controversy


"Motherwell have tonight completed the sensational signing of James McFadden"

Motherwell get a touch carried away with the return of James McFadden

"I don't want America to think all Brits are like David Price"

Tyson Fury, who else, vows to stand up and fight for Britain

"Fighters could potentially kill somebody. It's wrong on so many levels and it's absolute bullsh*t"

Michael Bisping addresses the issue of TRT and isn't its biggest fan


"You'll have to excuse me, I keep burping. I've had a glass of beer"

Alan Pardew reveals he's something of a light-weight after toasting Newcastle's win over Stoke

"We're dead lucky. We have only been doing it for 25 years"

Sir Alex Ferguson sarcastically responds to Roberto Mancini's claim that Manchester United have been lucky all season with late comebacks

"He's like Pele who used to do it all so easily because his speed and power and skill gave him the time to do it"

Don't be surprised to see Champion Chase victor Sprinter Sacre performing a stepover or two, in light of this lavish praise from jockey Barry Geraghty


"This kind of injury at least two weeks. That means for us maybe 20 games or something"

Rafael Benitez cracks an unlikely gag when assessing Ashley Cole's latest injury

"My chin is one of my greatest strengths, which is good because if you're going to get punched for a living you need that"

Nothing gets past WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly

"She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it's still the same bone structure a man has"

Ronda Rousey gives her opinion on transgender fighter Fallon Fox


"The weather was good, everything was great. Only the result was shit"

Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp reflects his side's Champions League final defeat to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich

"To play the game you have to play on the edge, but unfortunately he's gone to the edge of the cliff and jumped off it"

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland on Northampton's Dylan Hartley who was handed an 11-week ban for abusing referee Wayne Barnes and so missed the tour

"I descended like a bit of a girl really after the crash ... Not to disrespect girls, I have one at home"

Bradley Wiggins was not a massive fan of his ride at the Giro d'Italia


"I was dropping his mother off at the airport this morning at 6am, and unfortunately I fell asleep"

Mark Chamberlain reveals he missed son Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal against Brazil at the Maracana

"It's like walking out of a torture chamber to a nice parkland course"

Ernie Els was happy to leave US Open conditions behind him at the BMW International

"I found myself kissing my Lions jersey the other day as I was packing it up for another flight"

Sam Warburton clearly treasures the first Lions shirt he wore against the Reds earlier this month


"His next words were, 'And you're the next Manchester United manager'"

David Moyes reveals it was Sir Alex Ferguson who told him he would be taking over at Old Trafford

"I always walked............bit hard to stand there with all 3 stumps lying on the ground"

Glenn McGrath, who was not exactly known for his batting, has his say on the Stuart Broad affair

"That last game I think will be the toughest game I play in my career ever"

Andy Murray reflects on his historic Wimbledon victory


"You've certainly tried to go out with a girl but find she has chosen someone else. You don't commit suicide"

Arsene Wenger reveals he will not be too disheartened if Luis Suarez were to sign for Real Madrid

"Warner pops in, puts away five, makes a bad error of judgement, and leaves. He did it at the Walkabout and now he's done it at Old Trafford"

Journalist Simon Wilde eviscerates David Warner after his first innings in the third Test against England

"My beard looks phenomenal so I can't complain"

Dubious priorities for Court McGee after his UFC win over Robert Whittaker


"You might have expected Guardiola to say a few words in response, but he's a spineless coward"

We're guessing Pep Guardiola won't be buying Zlatan Ibrahimovic's new autobiography, then..

"I'm a lot of things but I'm not a quitter. I'll take a few days off, probably drink myself into oblivion, then get back in the gym"

The rehabilitation of true athletes, as told by boxer Curtis Woodhouse after losing to Derry Mathews

"Did I win?"

Andy Murray reveals the first thing he said after coming round from his back operation


"Gianfranco Zola once sent Gary Pallister the wrong way to such an extent that he needed a ticket to get back in"

Talking at the Salford leg of his book tour, Sir Alex Ferguson reveals the one player he regrets never getting the chance to work with

"My husband is, like, the best golfer in the world ever"

Dowd Simpson, wife of PGA Tour star Webb, momentarily thinks she's married to Tiger Woods

"It is like a football team turning up at Old Trafford for a match against Manchester United and discovering they have to pay for the changing rooms, the hot water and the soap"

A source has been quoted as saying this on the huge costs facing teams competing in Formula One. £60 for a coathanger as well just for good measure


"Shane Ferguson had a particularly good game that night and Joe Kinnear told one of our officials he was interested in signing him"

The Joe Kinnear saga continues after a Birmingham City source tells the Sunday People he tried to sign Ferguson - a Newcastle player on-loan at City

"I was having so much sex that I was too tired to even to go the gym and work out - I'd just stay in my cell all day"

Thanks, Mike Tyson, for that mental image

"From the second frame onwards my focus was on trying to make a 147. The school fees have been paid last week and I thought I'll get a bit of Christmas money"

Making a maximum break was more of a challenge to Ronnie O'Sullivan than his opponent was at the UK Championship


"If something was proven I would be willing to go out into the street and, I know this is a strong thing to say, I would kill myself"

Gennaro Gattuso gets serious about the recent match-fixing investigations in Italy

"We were horrendous"

Matt Prior delivers his own brutal assessment of England's performances so far in the Ashes

"If we're going to be honest, then just say, 'We had to go after him. He tested positive for being the biggest a**h*** in the world.' Fair. I can live with that"

Lance Armstrong believes he has been singled out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for not being Mr Nice Guy

For more of ESPN's favourite quotes from the sporting world, visit our Quote/Unquote section.

Sam Warburton couldn't help but kiss his British & Irish Lions shirt © PA Photos

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