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Sports quotes of the year 2010

2010 Reviewed
Sports quotes of the year

“Someone said Paddy McNicholas had a full of hair when he started as vice-chairman, but I hope to hold onto mine!”
Hollymount’s Mike Connelly after succeeding McNicholas as vice-chairman of Mayo GAA Board at the recent Convention

“As soon as I’ve finished talking to you”
Having finished his first Rás at the age of 44, Westport cyclist (and self-employed builder) Michael Brady was asked the following morning when he planned to go back to work

“If that’s Roy Keane, tell him I’m busy”
Football Association of Ireland Chief Executive John Delaney reacts to a mobile phone ringing during his speech at the Mayo Association Football League dinner-dance

“On no other night would the award winners have to do press-ups on stage!”
Tyrone’s Peter Canavan found attending the Mayo News/O’Neills Club Stars a unique experience

“Sure he’ll never score from out there”
A disgruntled Shrule/Glencorrib supporter speaks too soon as Mark Ronaldson scores a long-range point against Moy Davitts

“He didn’t cut himself shaving”
A Belmullet football fan comments after Shane Nallen is withdrawn with a blood injury against Kilmaine

“I’m missing a Confirmation – and free drink – for THIS?!”
A Snugboro United fan reflects on a day to forget for the home side at Conway Park, as Westport United won 5-0

“It’s nice to see a prime minister out here tonight!”
Westport United PRO Kenneth Gannon spots Dave Cameron, a player with a famous namesake, togged out for the game Ballina Town

“Liam O’Neill didn’t mind you celebrating but you had to ‘detox’ at training!”
Knockmore’s Dessie Ruttledge says post-match celebrations didn’t get out of hand after his side won the Mayo Senior Football Championship in 1980

“The night before the county final, we trained as hard that Saturday night as we had in February”
Hollymount’s Jarlath Jennings recalls a theory expounded by his successful former manager Mike Jennings that “by running the daylights out of you, there’d be no time for nerves”

“You’d tell fellas you’re going home [and they’d ask] ‘Have you any money left?’ Fellas you never met before! And the funny thing is, if you had [any money left], you’d have given it to them!”
Westport soccer referee Pat Foley recalls conversations with fellow Republic of Ireland supporters after Ireland beat Romania in Italia ’90

“I think the arrival of texting has to be one of my highlights”
South Mayo GAA secretary Ger McHugh on stepping down after 22 years

“Johan Cruyff used to smoke”
Castlebar Celtic’s Fintan McHale makes a vain attempt to convince a referee that smoking should be permitted on the sideline

“I’m retiring for the last five years!”
Islandeady’s Brendan Horan  – now in his fourth decade in the Islandeady junior team – ahead of his third county junior final

“To save four, it’s something you can’t dream about”
Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly after saving four penalties in the FAI Cup Final shoot-out win over Shamrock Rovers

“It’s taken 100 years but at long last we can say we’re county senior champions”
Ballintubber captain John Feeney after the Mayo Senior Football Championship final

“Sure if he got married younger, we could field a full team of Lydons!”
Kiltimagh’s Aiden ‘Rudi’ Lydon, looking across at his father Johnny. There were six Lydons on the Kiltimagh squad for the All-Ireland junior final

“There’s no mixed emotions today at all. I’m delighted”
Balla man Alan Costello has hitched his flag to the Sligo football ship, and makes no apologies for it

“At 75 years of age the Kerryman, as manager, is now a well-dipped tea bag”
Mayo News columnist Seán Rice on Mick O’Dwyer’s bid to succeed John O’Mahony as Mayo manager

“I think people will need to be searched going into that meeting!”
Charlestown’s John Casey predicts ‘warfare’ after Mayo GAA Board promise a review of football in the county

“For God’s sake lads, somebody better stand up. Either get up and do something or just piss off!”
John Pat Sheridan from Burrishoole tells the Mayo GAA Board Executive to put up or shut up over the disbanding of the All-Ireland Masters Championship

“The Longford game is almost a no-win situation – but it has to be won!”
Mayo News columnist Kevin McStay before the disastrous first-round qualifier in Pearse Park

“I’m honoured that people placed so much trust in me to be the next Mayo manager. I can’t wait to get started”
New Mayo manager James Horan after becoming John O’Mahony’s successor