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JACK CHARLTON; NIALL QUINN; JOHNNY GILES; GEORGE BEST; EAMON DUNPHY; LIAM BRADY; GEORGE HAMILTON; ROY KEANE; RAY HOUGHTON; PAUL MCGRATH; NORMAN WHITESIDE

Ireland’s soccer players may never have won the World Cup, but they have never been off the podium when it comes to the wit and eloquence of the banter that follows the game. In The Nation Holds Its Breath, Eoghan Corry celebrates the folklore of footlore, where the words of players, managers, referees, journalists and commentators are interspersed with the observations of some notable outsiders who have marvelled at the fact that, win or lose on the field, you will never beat the Irish.

‘I don’t think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell football, never mind understand it.’ ROY KEANE

‘And Bonner has gone 165 minutes of these championships without conceding a goal. Oh danger here’ GEORGE HAMILTON

Reviews

Key Reviews for God and the Referee
Key Reviews for God and the Referee
God and the Referee is a collection of the best sayings of GAA players, managers, officials and observers since hurling and football began.
Daily Ireland
Hilarious book of classic quotes from the world of GAA
Sunday World
Eoghan Corry's magpie's nest will keep you up beyond your normal bedtime
Sunday World
'several humdred years' worth of comments, songs, headlines and harangues on Irish sports...extensive and entertaining'.
Sunday Business Post Agenda
a new book has brought together the greatest GAA quotes of all time
Evening Herald