'Alf has been deferred' - 7 of the best quotes from Bill O'Herlihy
From his cancelling of Home and Away to his smugness at an England defeat, here are some of Bill’s best bits.

‘Alf has been deferred, and Home and Away has been deferred, and we’re on the air until 10 o’clock’

Following Ireland’s famous victory over Romania in Italia 90 an overjoyed O’Herlihy effectively cancelled the soap for the night.

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‘Television personality of the year, that’s me’

PJ Gallagher caught the anchorman unaware in a fake taxi as part of a prank for Naked Camera and he was hoaxed into telling Gallagher about his accolade.

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‘I don’t have a Cork accent at all’


Following an episode of Aprés Match he was upset at their attempts to impersonate him.

‘He has seen 39,432 players over a total of five million times’

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He incredibly fell for a made-up stat released by the Guardian about David Moyes scouting thousands of players and ending up with Marouane Fellaini.

‘More discussion and analysis coming up afterwards. England beaten … unfortunately’

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He could hardly hold back his happiness as he went to an ad break after announcing that England had slipped to a defeat.

‘We’re not an attractive team to watch’

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Usually the instigator of an argument, not the partaker, O’Herlihy and Liam Brady had words following Ireland’s clash with Macedonia in 2011.

‘Coming up after this programme is the film Mission Impossible, and after that result tonight, I’m not saying anything’

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He wasn’t too confident of Ireland’s chances of claiming three points at home to Austria following a drab draw with Sweden.

“He never hid his emotions on those big occasions … and for this he was greatly loved”

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