|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||Tottenham|
2016 02 17 Retrieve
[on Tony Adams] Tony Adams was the captain of the best England team I’ve ever seen – Terry Venables’ Euro 96 side – as well as four Arsenal title-winning teams, bestriding the eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger. Adams was the best purely defensive defender England have ever produced – an absolute rock for the Gunners and the only player to captain a title-winning team across three different decades. If a young Tony Adams were to come on the scene now, any club in the Premier League would be happy to pay tens of millions for him
2016 02 18 Retrieve
[Quote on Ashley Cole] Controversies in his personal life and over his transfer from Arsenal to Chelsea mean that Cole will never be the most popular man [. . .]. But he is the best English full-back I have ever seen and was the best left-back in the world for several years – outstanding in defence and when going forward
2016 04 03 Retrieve
[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] Some say Bobby Charlton was a scorer of great goals, rather than a great goalscorer. Yet no player has scored more for England and no player has scored more for its greatest club, Manchester United.
So his 49 goals for England and his 249 for United can’t all have been 25-yard thunderbolts – it just seems that way in the mind’s eye. When he hammered one into the top corner from long range it was as if he were a man possessed, desperate to separate the leather casing from the bladder.
I made virtually all of my 57 England appearances alongside Bob and I can remember few greater competitors and few greater professionals. His fellow greats like Best and Moore did not lead blameless lives away from the game but Bob was dedicated to his craft.
His sainted image made it difficult when you played against United though, because although I never heard him swear at a referee, Bob would moan at them constantly and they would be so in awe of the great man that they’d usually do as they were told.
I can remember, more than once, yelling: “F***ing hell ref, why don’t you just give Bobby the whistle, you might as well! But this is a man who survived the Munich air disaster in 1958, won the World Cup in 1966, the European Cup in 1968 and played a key role in the appointment of Alex Ferguson as Old Trafford manager in 1986. He’s history in the flesh is Bobby Charlton. He’s our greatest living football man
2016 10 10 Retrieve
[Jimmy Greaves on Tony Adams] If a young Tony Adams were to come on the scene now, any club in the Premier League would be happy to pay tens of millions for him
2017 03 08 Retrieve
[Quotes on John Terry] He may be one of the most controversial players in the history of the British game for non-footballing reasons but John Terry has been one of its most reliable and consistent performers out there on the pitch. A defender’s defender - unbelievably solid with such a none-shall-pass attitude - Terry has been the captain and linchpin of Chelsea’s recent golden years