QUOTES OF THE WEEK

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n The governing bodies are giving serious consideration to what could be major upheavals in the present organisation of professional football. Gordon Taylor, the Professional Footballers' Association chief executive, after the European transfer system was ruled illegal by the European Court following the Jean-Marc Bosman case.

n Talk of a fundamental threat is premature. If there are changes to the transfer system and the foreign players rule, then football and the market will adjust and find a new balance. Rick Parry, Premier League chief executive.

n Perhaps now chairmen will come into the real world. If you rent a television, you can walk away when the agreement is up. Footballers couldn't do that, but they can now. Eric Hall gives an agent's view.

n Nick Faldo and Peter Oosterhuis were our top players and the rest of us couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo. Mark James on the European Ryder Cup team in the late Seventies.

n We're all pulling for each other because we're desperate to win the Cup back. James on this year's team.

n A year ago it was a big game for our young players when they came into the side to face Port Vale but it wasn't a big game for them tonight. They have been given a lesson about football. Alex Ferguson praises Second Division York who beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their second-round Coca-Cola Cup tie.

n This was a special night, something to savour. My players will never forget it. Alan Little, York's manager.

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