Thursday, April 22
It's the end of an era and football analysis will never be the same again. Whilst of course we at Danger! High Postage do not condone in way shape or form the comments of the Big Orange Fella - we should pay tribute to the career of a genius.
Ron, you've let us down with your casual racism and out of date opinions and left us with the 'opinions' of Clive Allen - a man so dull he should be sacked for having no possibility of ever causing offence to anyone... EVER!
Certainly the loss of Ron is a 'big out' to the ITV Sport team who could be giving more airtime to the easy oasy analysis of Andy Townsend and Robbie Earle.
I'm 'not so sure' that it will be the last we'll see of him, but for now we salute Ron 'The Verbal amusement arcade' Atkinson, with some of his finest moments:
"The lad throws it further than I go on holiday"
"He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces"
"Zidane is not very happy, because he's suffering from the wind"
"Stoichkov's playing on the wing, in this situation he likes to come in and scalp the centre-half"
"Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs."
“Now that's what I call, if you like, a typical Italian foul. Mind you, Costacurta’s probably been doing that for 47 years now.”
"His feet are like little trip hammers when he's on the ball."
"van Nistelrooy, predating as usual."
"...at least with lightning you can hear it coming."
"A good physio to me is someone who stands outside the treatment room smoking a fag and not letting anyone in there."
“There’s not a lot of demand for a non-scoring striker.”
“They’ve certainly grown, the Japanese. I mean grown in stature, playing-wise.”
"I tell you what, if the Cameroons get a goal back here they're literally gonna catch on fire"
"Well, Clive, it's all about the two M's - movement and positioning"
"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."
"Suker - first touch like a camel"
"His white boots were on fire against Arsenal, and he'll be looking for them to reproduce tonight"
And from the ill-fated final night:
“Chelsea seem to be rolling balls instead of playing with a bit of fizz.”
“There’s wrestling, there’s fighting, there’s a scrumdown.”
”You could say ‘Has the keeper…?’ ‘Could he have…’ (sees the replay) … ooohhhh, that is a rick.”
”He can play right up front and get the ball to stick to him.”
“I’m always puzzled why goalkeepers want to come out into a crowd scene to claim things.”
“To be fair he got between two defenders and really should have registered.”
“I think they’re playing a dangerous game with that sharp little fellow (Giuly). He’s got a brain on him.”
“… but he was a real outlet for Frankie Lampard in the first half. Lampard seemed to find him by radar.”
“I just wonder if he (Huth) could have fiddled a free kick at the edge of the box, teased the defender in and unleashed one of his cannonballs.”
And in a conversation to Cyrille Regis:
’What’s all this crap about you finding God? You worked with him at West Brom for four years’.”
And a possible sign of things to come:
"The Bulgarian players are tried and trusted. Well, I'm not sure they can be trusted"