Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season Quotes.

1. "And what are we saying, anyway? That only old money is allowed to buy success? Isn’t that a little like telling Noel and Liam Gallagher that they aren’t allowed to make anything of themselves because they didn’t go to Eton?"
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

2. "An official statement from Liverpool raised the spectre of a future where ‘a club’s rival can bring about a significant ban for a top player without anything beyond an accusation’. But on hearing this, many Manchester United fans would have been asking for a definition of the word ‘rival’."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

3. "Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli sets his own house on fire, apparently after letting off fireworks in his bathroom. Two days later City beat United 6–1, and after scoring the first goal Balotelli revealed a T-shirt bearing the question ‘Why always me?’ This was presumably intended to be rhetorical, but Cheshire Fire and Rescue service, who were at Balotelli’s house until 2.45 a.m., could presumably have provided an answer."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

4. "Thirty years on, things have changes to the extent that Wayne Rooney could comfortably afford to employ the best-paid banker in Britain full-time, if he could see any purpose or momentary amusement in doing so."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

5. "For us it is not comparable, the FA Cup and Champions League,’ Arsène Wenger said before Arsenal played Leeds in the FA Cup. ‘The Champions League is compulsory. The FA Cup is something that is for enjoyment … The basis of our life at the top level is dictated by the championship. If we can add on top of that the FA Cup it is fantastic."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

6. "During the game, we find endless ways of saying that our team needs to score goals while at the same time not letting any in: ‘We need a goal here,’ ‘We don’t want to let one in now,’ and so on. (‘Here’ and ‘now’ are the words intended to indicate a keen understanding of the complex nature of the particular game, but in truth they mean nothing. Teams always need to score, and never want to let one in.)"
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

7. "During the season, fans tend to observe, in as many complicated ways and with as much detail as we can come up with, only that a winning team is very good, and a losing team is hopeless. My mother or Prince Charles or probably a Martian could make the same observation, but their views would be discounted on the grounds of ignorance."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

8. "Deaner ran down to the barrier separating the crowd from the pitch, and eventually persuaded the stewards that he had a part to play in the unfolding drama. (Anyone who has ever attempted to talk to a steward at a Premiership football ground will recognize that, whatever else during the afternoon required divine intervention, Deaner’s success in getting on to the White Hart Lane turf really was a miracle.)"
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

9. "I have no idea what the record for being effectively dead is, but Fabrice Muamba didn’t seem to have broken it."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

10. "We are, a lot of the time, baffled by the news we see on the front pages of our newspapers, often because the stories are complex, and we missed the beginning of them anyway. (How far back do we have to go to find the roots of the Euro crisis? To 2008? 1999, when the currency came into being? 1992? 1945?) That is one of the reasons why natural disasters and murders and cases involving missing children become so involving: we understand them."
- Nick Hornby, Pray: Notes on the 2011/2012 Football Season

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