65 year-old football commentator Ron Atkinson is a living legend. One of the game's last great characters. But his 'gaff' last week when talking about a black player at a time when Ron thought he was off air could signal the end of his long involvement with football. While recognising that what Atkinson said about one of Chelsea's star players was wrong, CityNews thought it appropriate to look at some of the more amusing 'Big Ron' sayings.
'I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better'.
'He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces'.
'I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that .... (sounds like cat)'.
'He must be lightning slow'.
'Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw'.
'Zero-zero is a big score'.
'On another night, they'd have won 2-2'.
'Well Clive, it's about the two M's - movement and passing'.
'I tell you what, if the Cameroons get a goal back here they're literally gonna catch on fire'.
Other famous sporting quotes include:
Speaking about the difficulties of playing football abroad, former soccer star Ian Rush once said: 'It was like being in a foreign country'.
'I owe a lot to my parents - especially my mother and father'.
'If history repeats itelf, I should think that we can expect the same thing again'.
'There goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class'.
David Coleman at the Montreal Olympics
'Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew'.
Harry Carpenter, commentating on the 1977 Boat Race