Two famous sport-related quotations

Jim Walker Jim.Walker at WANADOO.FR
Fri Dec 6 07:18:44 UTC 2002

Note from a UK football (or soccer, if you must) fan and lurker:

The second of your quotations, regarding life and death, is often attributed
to the legendary Bill Shankly, manager (or coach, if you will) of Liverpool
in the seventies. It may well be apocryphal, of course, but I've seen the
attribution on many an occasion. Shankly is revered in Liverpool, and this
quotation is part of his mystique in a sense.

Best regards


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de Steve Cornelius
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Objet : Two famous sport-related quotations

I'm looking for the earliest known citations for two quite famous
sport-related quotations.

The first is (something like) "Winning isn't everything - it's the only

The second (a response to a [journalist's?] question "Do you believe that
[enter name of game or sport] is a matter of life and death?"), is
(something like) "No, it's more important than that".

Can any ADS-L subscriber offer evidence, or perhaps just an opinion, on
either of these? They may or may not be of American origin.

Steve Cornelius
Sydney, Australia

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