Best Quotes about Manchester, England

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Last Updated on: 22nd August 2021, 01:08 am

Sarcasm is a Manchester trait.–Peter Hook

It never rains in Manchester, but it pours–Kevin Keegan

Manchester’s got everything except a beach.–Ian Brown

Manchester is the belly and guts of the nation–George Orwell

The country life near Manchester I really love.–Ruud van Nistelrooy

This is Manchester, we do things differently here–Tony Wilson

Manchester has a certain reputation of being cool.–Alice Lowe

I don’t know any Londoners ‘cos I’m from Manchester.–Karl Pilkington

The thing about Manchester is…it all comes from here–Noel Gallagher

My theory on Manchester and why it produces the bands it–Jimi Goodwin

Certainly Manchester is the most wonderful city of modem times.–Benjamin Disraeli

Living in Manchester was like living on the moon… wherever that might be–Johnny Giles

My parents are from Manchester but I was brought up in London, Camden Town.–Sadie Frost

The shortest way out of Manchester is notoriously a bottle of Gordon’s gin.–William Bolith

Manchester, one of the greatest, if not really the greatest mere village in England.–Daniel Defoe

I’m honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for Manchester Central.–Lucy Powell

If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United–Mats Hummels

Manchester United will always be a competitor, just because of the very size of them.–Michael Owen

What do you think of Manchester Uniteds three Rs – Rooney, Ronaldo and van Nistelrooy?–Rob McCaffrey

I think his team are mirroring Stuart Pearce as the player he was. (on Manchester City)–Alex Ferguson

Football is all about sentiment; if it weren’t then we’d all support Manchester United.–Mark O’Brien

When I appeared in ‘Coronation Street,’ I lived in Manchester and enjoyed it very much.–Ian Mckellen

Winning the Ballon d’Or never bothered me. I just wanted to play for Manchester United.–Paul Scholes

I was surprised we were playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester.–Brendan Rodgers

It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club.–Carlos Tevez

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Manchester United are substituting Blomqvist for Giggs just to bring more legs into the game.–Tony Gale

I never wanted Manchester United to be second to anybody. Only the best would be good enough.–Matt Busby

Both Chelsea and Manchester United will be challenging for the Premiership title next season.–Roy Evans

I spent most of my youth in Manchester, in clubs and football grounds and the Manchester Apollo.–John Simm

We like annoying people. It’s a Manchester thing. It’s a trait. We just like pissing people off.–Noel Gallagher

I want to help Manchester United win the Premier League and become the best player in the world.–Adnan

The whole city [Manchester] just a real rock music vibe. It reminded me a lot of where I’m from.–Bill Burr

If someone states that Ajax played a negative game then maybe we are smarter than Manchester City.–Ronald Koeman

Arsenal are streets ahead of everyone in this league and Manchester United are up there with them.–Craig Bellamy

I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group the Stone Roses.–John Squire

Sometimes we’re the big game in town. Other times, we’re kind of a side show. (on Manchester City)–Claudio Reyna

If you aren’t the chairman of Manchester United, Real Madrid or AC Milan, I’ll get back to you later.–Joe Kinnear

Manchester City have been in the doldrums for a while, they came up and went straight back down again.–Alan Hansen

Neil Sullivan has stopped absolutely everything have thrown at him…Wimbledon 1, Manchester United 1.–Mike Ingham

It’ll be nice to know that every gallon of petrol a Manchester United fan buys is going into our kitty.–Noel Gallagher

I went to India with UNICEF in connection with Manchester United to raise money for children’s education.–James Nesbitt

After watching Watford against Manchester City last night that was like a bubblebath. It was beautiful.–Eamon

Manchester City are built on sand and I don’t mean that because their owners are from the Arab countries.–Kevin Keegan

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We had been getting some bad results, now it is up to us to make up the ground and catch Manchester United.–Robbie Fowler

I think he [Sir Alex Ferguson] may have even surpassed the achievements of Matt Busby for Manchester United.–Kenny Dalglish

Regardless of whether it is playing for your school team or playing for Manchester United, winning is great.–Alan Smith

I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable.–Mark Twain

If you’re going to win the Premier League, you’re going to have to finish ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.–Graeme Souness

I like Manchester, Birmingham. I really find this place very nice. Loved Australia. I thought that was awesome.–Ric Flair

The one thing that’s hurt in my career is people saying I don’t want to come out of Manchester to fight people.–Ricky Hatton

Now Manchester United are 2-1 down on aggregate, they are in a better position than when they started the game at 1-1.–Ron Atkinson

Manchester has everything but good looks…, the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery.–A. J. P. Taylor

Why anyone would want to leave Everton is beyond me anyway. Even for Manchester United, Chelsea or anyone. This is the place to be.–Neville Southall

I belonged to Stratford Children’s Theater when I was a boy growing up in Manchester. Even then, I was always doing character parts.–John Mahoney

I moved to Manchester to join a band and ended up getting into acting, and I moved back to London to become an actor and ended up joining a band.–Jim Sturgess

You look at Man United and Liverpool, and they are red – they are much more successful and have a bigger fan base than Chelsea or Manchester City.–Vincent Tan

We are about creating a new wave of talent. We are the Manchester United of kitchens now. Am I playing full-time in the kitchen? I am a player-coach.–Gordon Ramsay

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There are people who have been in this job for 20 years who will tell you that something new crops up every day. (on being Manchester City manager)–Stuart Pearce

I have a big job on my hands now, there is no mistaking that, but I feel as though I have calmness within myself. (on being Manchester City manager)–Stuart Pearce

I don’t follow football, I just love the name Aston Villa. Here in England you have other footballing entities like Manchester and Arsenal and Chelsea–Tom Hanks

I have family dotted everywhere – Dad’s in California; I’ve got aunts in Scotland and Virginia; family in Kansas City; family in Manchester and London.–Hayley Atwell

At this club, all I see is great backing all the way down for me and I will be judged on results like the next man. (on being Manchester City manager)–Stuart Pearce

I was involved in school plays, but when I left school I did a couple of odd jobs as a baker’s apprentice and then as a fruit market porter in Manchester–John Thaw

At Performa in New York, there are a lot of commissions, but Manchester Festival is the only festival where everything is fully produced by the festival.–Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Today’s top players only want to play in London or for Manchester United. That’s what happened when I tried to sign Alan Shearer and he went to Blackburn.–Graeme Souness

I was involved in school plays, but when I left school I did a couple of odd jobs as a baker’s apprentice and then as a fruit market porter in Manchester.–John Thaw

I don’t expect to see them in the top six but I think of all the teams that have come up in previous seasons, I think Manchester City are the biggest club.–Alan Hansen

Exeter City’s trip to Old Trafford will be a great day for their fans but that is about it – they won’t get the result they want against Manchester United.–Mark Lawrenson

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In 1905, I was privileged to be given a place in the private laboratory of my revered teacher, Professor W. H. Perkin, Jr. at the University of Manchester.–Robert Robinson

Manchester Youth theater, then the National Student Theater Company, and later, my degree course, all helped form my love of telling stories and directing.–Justin Chadwick

All I can do is assess the value from Manchester United perspective. Whatever Chelsea do, they may have a different criteria, and different financial assets.–David Gill

I’ve seen teams spend £150 million and get nowhere near the Champions League. It has taken Manchester City a billion to get there. There are no guarantees.–Gordon Strachan

Over the last 15 years or so, Manchester has undergone huge transformation – from a city in decline and on its knees to one that is growing, vibrant and confident.–Lucy Powell

Both ‘The Wire’ and ‘Queer as Folk’ had a big scope. They were panoramas, telling ambitious stories about two cities, Baltimore and Manchester, for the first time.–Aidan Gillen

Dalton’s records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.–Isaac Asimov

If I should be so blessed as to revisit again my own country, but more especially Manchester, all that I could hope or desire would be presented before in one view.–Robert Clive

I grew up in Manchester, and we were very poor. My father was a miner who joined the Navy during the war and developed a lung disease and had to have a lung removed.–Bernard Hill

I remember taking my demo to every dance person in London. People were like, ‘We don’t know what this is!’ The first people to champion me were a club in Manchester.–M.I.A.

Playing for Manchester United is something that most people want and very few people do – but there is no harm in having a dream as long as you are realistic with it.–David Gill

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John Dalton’s records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.–Isaac Asimov

That first group of Manchester players allowed me to enjoy coaching at a very young age that motivated me to do it. If it wasn’t good, I might have made a career change.–Steve Alford

When Blur first started and we were playing Manchester the Hacienda was the place to go. That was where a lot of exciting stuff was happening and London was pretty dead.–Graham Coxon

Manchester has it’s own pride and London has it’s sort of pride and sometimes we can be a bit mean to each other, but I think if we dig the music we can get on really well.–Graham Coxon

As long as we are successful on the pitch, then I will be here-unless Manchester United put in a call. But I don’t think Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to step down just yet!–Paul Ince

I think now, more than anytime I can remember, bands are sounding pretty similar whether they’re English or American, from Manchester or London… or Leeds or Welsh or Irish.–Graham Coxon

You know Manchester is always a bit of a hard place for people coming from London, just with all the history. Manchester has this immensely huge and healthy history musically.–Graham Coxon

Scholes is the best English player. Intelligence, technique, strength… all the attributes are there. At Manchester United I saw what he could do on the training field. Phew!–Laurent Blanc

When I look back now I wouldn’t say that I cringe, but I start to realize how naive I was then. I feel much better suited for the job now. (on being Manchester City manager)–Stuart Pearce

All I do know is that I’ll never be able to achieve what Tommy Docherty did, and that is take Aston Villa into the third division and Manchester United into the second division–Ron Atkinson

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I staggered into a Manchester bar late one night on a tour and the waitress said “You look as if you need a Screaming Orgasm”. At the time this was the last thing on my mind…–Terry Pratchett

A poor woman from Manchester, on being taken to the seaside, is said to have expressed her delight on seeing for the first time something of which there was enough for everybody.–John Lubbock

If you look around world, the great brands are Real Madrid, Manchester United. The Yankees, the Cowboys and the Lakers are there. We should aspire with the Maple Leafs to be there.–Tim Leiweke

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.–Alvin Toffler

One of my dreams is to become sufficiently famous that I can play this charity match that happens every year or two with celebrities at Old Trafford, at the house of Manchester United.–Demian Bichir

A lot of them want to come and play for Manchester United. They want to play because Alex has a record of giving youth a chance and we have the history and heritage of Manchester United.–David Gill

We can talk about Manchester! I like coming here, it’s a wicked city. It’s my second favourite city in England after London. I like Liverpool too but there’s a lot more to do in Manchester.–Dave Mason

Real Madrid are like a rabbit in the glare of the headlights in the face of Manchester United’s attacks. But this rabbit comes with a suit of armour in the shape of two precious away goals.–George Hamilton

When I was at Manchester, where there was a modern swimming pool, I was looked on as a great man, not for so trivial a reason as being an FRS, but because I used to dive off a five-metre board.–Louis J. Mordell

Manchester was a fantastic place to go out in. There were 10 clubs with world-class cabaret and comedians. You’d go in and Tom Jones might be singing, or Shirley Bassey or Engelbert Humperdinck.–Francis Lee

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I used to be mouthy. It was all to do with being a northerner and from Manchester, which was suddenly a big deal when I was in my 20s. When I read some of the interviews I did back then, I cringe.–John Simm

I grew up in a wood cabin on Puget Sound in Manchester, Wash. My family taught me to appreciate the arts and the outdoors, and I still yearn for the absolute silence I experienced there when I was young.–Steven Holl

Team GB’s success at the Beijing Olympics can, in part, be said to have been made in Manchester. For example, all the cycling medal winners trained at Manchester’s velodrome, the National Cycling Centre.–Lucy Powell

Mandela was true to himself, to his people and his principles. He sacrificed everything because he was prepared to be true to his ideals. You can relate to him whether you come from Manchester or Soweto.–Justin Chadwick

A band that we supported called Blackfish in Manchester, played the most insane gig I’ve ever been to. Everything was set on fire, and then they came on and played one of the coolest gigs I’ve ever seen.–Matthew Healy

In course of time the Brothers Cowper removed the manufacture of their printing machines from London, to Manchester. There they found skilled and energetic workmen, ready to carry their plans into effect.–James Nasmyth

I grew up in Manchester in a big Irish family – there are seven of us in all – so my life has always been about role-playing, about doing anything for a laugh. I’m always joking about; that’s the way I am.–Shayne Ward

I think we have really integrated well around Manchester. This is the place where we feel at home. We like it here, we love the English way of life and we prefer it much, much more than the south of Europe.–Ruud van Nistelrooy

In last year’s local elections in Manchester a third of those who voted did so by post. It’s not just that people are choosing to get postal votes, but having one makes it much more likely that they’ll vote.–Lucy Powell

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I’ve missed London so much for its fashion. No disrespect to the girls in Manchester, but some really do look like clones – there’s a lot of hair extensions and fake tans. You’re free to experiment down here.–Kaya Scodelario

Even though one of them is about an Edinburgh junkie and ones a little boy of eight in Manchester, you want them to always portray their world in such a vivid way that the audience can disappear inside the story.–Danny Boyle

The shot Irishmen will now take their places beside Emmet and the Manchester Martyrs in Ireland, and beside the heroes of Poland and Sérbia and Belgium in Europe; and nothing in heaven or earth can prevent it.–George Bernard Shaw

People in south Manchester overwhelming want to be able to recycle more than they currently can – especially cardboard and plastics – and want more frequent and accessible collections, particularly for those living in flats.–Lucy Powell

I had a place to go to university; I was going to study history. I was in New York doing ‘Arcadia,’ and I suddenly thought, ‘It feels a bit weird to go from a New York stage to Manchester University.’ It didn’t quite feel right.–Bel Powley

I was working as a secretary in Manchester and thought I would always do that. Then I got this letter offering me a two-year fellowship where I could write; they would pay me a salary and give me a flat to live in. It was heaven.–Sophie Hannah

Manchester is a city which has witnessed a great many stirring episodes, especially of a political character. Generally speaking, its citizens have been liberal in their sentiments, defenders of free speech and liberty of opinion.–Emmeline Pankhurst

I can tell you why I like different countries. Ireland – some of the funniest heckles I’ve ever gotten. And the last time I did England I did Bristol, Manchester, and then London. The whole country is just amazing to drive through.–Bill Burr

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Most of all, I love Manchester. The crumbling warehouses, the railway arches, the cheap abundant drugs. That’s what did it in the end. Not the money, not the music, not even the guns. That is my heroic flaw: my excess of civic pride.–Tony Wilson

I don’t dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the ’80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it’s all about status and bling now, and it doesn’t say anything to me.–Noel Gallagher

In Birmingham, Manchester or Liverpool there are white gangs that share the same backgrounds – they come from broken homes, completely dysfunctional, mums for the most part unable to cope, the fathers of these kids completely not in the scene.–Iain Duncan Smith

I’m from Manchester, Mass., so it was lobster, lobster and more lobster! Also, lots of fish that we caught in the summers, clam chowder and roast beef sandwiches. But my mom was pretty healthy; we had a lot of chicken and broccoli and rice as well.–Sprague Grayden

The [nineteenth-century] young men who were Puritans in politics were anti-Puritans in literature. They were willing to die for the independence of Poland or the Manchester Fenians; and they relaxed their tension by voluptuous reading in Swinburne.–Rebecca West

These are tough times and under this Tory-led government many people in Manchester are suffering and getting left behind. If elected I will use all my energy, skills, experience and knowledge to stand up for our communities and get things done for the better.–Lucy Powell

In the current climate motorists have a long list of issues from which to choose to raise on the doorstep. Policies aimed at reducing emissions – like the changes to Vehicle Excise Duty or here in Manchester the proposals for congestion charges – are not without controversy.–Lucy Powell

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It’s important that Oasis are rude about everybody and that they get drunk…Fair enough. It’s nice, isn’t it? But it’s nothing to do with me. They came to see us in Manchester and they were very pleasant boys. Very nice. I’d like to see that as a quote. Oasis are very nice boys.–Damon Albarn

I am fortunate to stay at lots of lovely hotels when I’m on tour, but my favourite hotel group in Britain is Malmaison. I recently stayed at the Malmaison in Manchester, which was pretty amazing. It had a fabulous bar and restaurants, as well as fantastic rooms with mood lighting.–Olly Murs

I like The Smiths as well. They took a cue from The Buzzcocks. They have jangly guitars instead of distorted guitars. All the Manchester bands have a character about them. The Stone Roses and The Smiths and all that. Even if you don’t like them, they have a certain original sound.–Steve Diggle

Actually I was born in 1940 in Blackpool because my family lived in Manchester but Manchester was being bombed. So my mother was sent away to Blackpool to have me and then went back; so I lived my first eighteen years in Manchester and then emigrated to the States when I was eighteen.–John Mahoney

I did a lot of theatre when I started out. It was the Lyceum, the Citz, the Tron and the Traverse. I came to London and did the Royal Court, the National, ‘King Lear’ at the Manchester Royal Exchange. I did little bits of comedy, like ‘Rab C Nesbitt,’ but I wasn’t predominantly about comedy.–Ashley Jensen

I was very fortunate that a teacher saw that I read a lot and got bored very easily and had a lot of energy, so she said, ‘You’ve got to go to this youth theater.’ I joined Manchester Youth Theatre when I was really young, and I just loved putting on and being involved in plays and telling stories.–Justin Chadwick

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For a while I got into the South Pacific theater of World War II. I read “American Caesar” by William Manchester, the biography of General MacArthur. Because of that I ended up reading “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener and then because of that reading his “Hawaii.” That is what happens.–Dave Barry

I remember the ’70s constantly being winter in Manchester and the Irish community in Manchester closing ranks because of the IRA bombings in Birmingham and Manchester, and you know the bin-workers’ strike, all wrapped up in it… They were violent times. Violence at home and violence at football matches.–Noel Gallagher

I grew up looking at… going to the movies a lot, as much as they’d let you. I grew up in Manchester in the north of England in the ’40s and ’50s. I saw a lot of movies. They were all Hollywood and British movies. I didn’t see a film that wasn’t in English until I was 17 when I went to London to be a student.–Mike Leigh

I moved to Portland because Modest Mouse is there. I didn’t necessarily mean to live there permanently, but I’ve got a really good feeling for it. The sensibility there really suits me. I happened to have grown up in Manchester, a city that was a pretty cool place to be a musician. It’s close to Portland in a lot of ways.–Johnny Marr

I get nostalgic for things that didn’t really exist. I might have a cassette from the first time a Melle Mel track, say, got played on radio in Manchester. And it might be a copy of a copy of a copy of a tape and there’s all these weird nuances and distortions that have affected what I know as the truth, if you like, of that track.–Rob Brown

I was not proficient in Latin and so was not able to go to Oxford or Cambridge. However, I did enter the first-rate chemistry honours program at the University of Manchester in 1950, where the professors were E.R.H. Jones and M.G. Evans, and graduated in 1953, with the financial support of a Blackpool Education Committee Scholarship.–Michael Smith

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I once wrote a lecture for Manchester University called « Moments of Discovery » in which I said that there are two moments that are important. There’s the moment when you know you can find out the answer and that’s the period you are sleepless before you know what it is. When you’ve got it and know what it is, then you can rest easy.–Dorothy Hodgkin

First New York was a sort of provincial capital, bigger and richer than Manchester or Marseilles, but not much different in its essential spirit. Then, after the war, it became one among half a dozen world cities. Today it has the appearance of standing alone, as the center of culture in the part of the world that still tries to be civilized.–Malcolm Cowley

What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern: the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Instead of the city of the Violet Crown, a Lancashire village has expanded into a mighty region of factories and warehouses. Yet, rightly understood, Manchester is as great a human exploit; as Athens.–Benjamin Disraeli

I think there’s a lot of benefit in letting people vent. When I was on the Manchester Evening News, we got 500 letters a day, and part of my job as editor was to edit them. And I thought that was one of the best things in the newspaper, and it was instituted by an editor known as Big Tom, who said ‘this is the voice of the people.’ And he was quite right.–Harold Evans

But the time will come when New England will be as thickly peopled as old England. Wages will be as low, and will fluctuate as much with you as with us. You will have your Manchesters and Birminghams; and, in those Manchesters and Birminghams, hundreds of thousands of artisans will assuredly be sometimes out of work. Then your institutions will be fairly brought to the test.–Thomas B. Macaulay

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I was in King Lear with Sir Tom Courtenay at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. In fact, that’s where I met my husband. I was playing Regan and he was playing Cornwall and together we fell in love plucking out Gloucester’s eyes. It was great fun. Everyone assumes that I was Cordelia because I’ve got blonde hair but I was Regan and they gave me a long auburn wig. It was great, good fun.–Ashley Jensen

Mind you, I have had in my sojourn on earth as good a time of it as any man, so I can speak with some knowledge. A writer in the Manchester Guardian who is unknown to me lately described me as “the richest man in the world.” That sounds a pretty big order, but when I come to think it out I believe he is not far wrong. A rich man is not necessarily a man with a whole pot of money but a man who is really happy. And I am that.–Robert Baden-Powell

Seán Manchester is, unsurprisingly, very well read in both classical and more recent sources on vampires and vampirism, and cites them with great authority while taking the reader through a brief tour of vampire lore and mythology. This is a book I’d recommend to anybody with an interest in the author or vampires. The parts which deal with vampires are obviously based on years of substantial research and personal experience.–Joe McNally

Judging from the way they sat and goggled at the drag on the stage it was obvious that they were indulging in delightful fantasies that brought to them substantial memories of the girls they had left behind in London or Manchester. As the Quartermaster Captain lisped after performing before a particularly rapt audience: ‘I bet there were more standing pricks than snotty noses tonight’. Astonishingly, I suspect he was right. We probably helped to keep the home fires of passion burning.–Eric Hiscock

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[John] Dalton was a man of regular habits. For fifty-seven years he walked out of Manchester every day; he measured the rainfall, the temperature-a singularly monotonous enterprise in this climate. Of all that mass of data, nothing whatever came. But of the one searching, almost childlike question about the weights that enter the construction of these simple molecules-out of that came modern atomic theory. That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to the pertinent answer.–Jacob Bronowski

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