“We all have to learn from that final. And I’ll learn the hard way… I wanted to go back and fight myself because I believe there is more in this team.”

– Davy Fitzgerald, who’s staying on with the Deise. Kilkenny, he says, “are the benchmark” and “If we want to catch them, we have to learn to train like them and it’s something I’ve been working on. We’re going to have to match what they do on and off the field and whatever people say, we’re going to have to match them physically as well. If we don’t, they’ll continue to blow teams away.” Stating that “I won’t overstay my welcome”, his two-year plan, including specialist coaches, is “not going to produce wonders straight away but the enthusiasm is there in the group and I would just ask that people are patient…”


“He was a marvellous GAA man, a hugely charismatic, larger-than-life character… His contribution to the GAA in Waterford was monumental.”

– Journalist John A Murphy pays his respects to the late Greg Fives who was laid to rest in his beloved Abbeyside on Saturday.


“Paolo Maldini can say he has done it all now.”

– Portsmouth’s Peter Crouch on AC Milan’s impending visit to Fratton Park in the Uefa Cup.


“I think everyone’s human.”

– Rio Ferdinand forgives Ashley Cole’s mistake against Kazakhstan. However, ex-ref Graham Poll says he can understand England fans’ booing of the Chelsea left-back during the subsequent win over Belarus in Minsk… “Cole is an objectionable player – a product of the age of excessive wages and player behaviour.”


“Obviously Sky gets its money from prescription payers.”

– Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown reveals why Britain’s NHS is such a mess on ‘Football Focus’.