Following are the best quotes of 2009 voted by a panel for The Mirror.
David Anderson, Daily Mirror
Rafa Benitez's "that is a fact" tirade against Sir Alex Ferguson, which exploded in his face as Liverpool drew their next three games to hand the initiative in the title race to Manchester United
John Cross, Daily Mirror
"I just thought it was like Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize after eight months as President. Beckham gets the man of the match after 30 minutes here..." - Fabio Capello on Beckham being named man of the match by Steve Bruce after coming on for Engand after 59 minutes against Belarus.
Oliver Holt, Daily Mirror Chief Sports Writer
"My missus could have scored that." - Harry Redknapp on Darren Bent
Martin Lipton, Daily Mirror's Chief Football Writer
"I remember meeting Vinny Samways for the first time at a Bobby Charlton coaching school I did about 30 years ago. He was nine at the time, and I remember after that dropping him off at home a few times, because his dad was doing 25 years for armed robbery!" it could only be Harry Redknapp talking.
David Maddock, Daily Mirror
"If we had some eggs, we could have some bacon and eggs, if we had some bacon." - Robbie Savage, or any other Welshman...
Brian McNally, Sunday Mirror
"There are huge problems at this club, which are clear for everyone to see. It has not just gone on this season, but last season, the season before and four seasons before that..." Unsuccessful caretaker Alan Shearer's candid summation of why Newcastle were relegated.
Simon Mullock, Sunday Mirror
"Mr Scolari needs to know maybe he must use zonal marking against the staff of United because they are always going man-to-man with the referees when they go to the bench." - Rafa Benitez advises Phil Scolari on his tactics for Old Trafford... and fires the first shots in a war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson.
James Nursey, Daily Mirror
"Even my missus Sandra could have scored that one!" - Harry Redknapp after Darren Bent missed a sitter for Spurs against Portsmouth.
Mike Walters, Daily Mirror
"If you want my personal opinion, they bottled it" - Manchester City executive chairman on AC Milan's refusal to sell Kaka for #90 million. Pure Alan Partridge.