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Football Lexicon (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 02/12/2004
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Why is a left foot either trusty or educated, but a right foot is neither?Why is a bad back pass almost invariably suicidal?Why can you score from a corner with a free header, but never with a free shot?Why are hooligans always a tiny minority even when there seem to be hundreds of them throwing seats across Kenilworth Road?Discover how stock phrases - schoolboy howler, sweeper system - are only part of the story in the artfully twisted language of football. Let Leigh and Woodhouse take you on a journey, from the top-flight vocabulary of commentators to the more speculative efforts of footballers, from the Champions League circus to a Wednesday night in Rochdale. And prepare to be very entertained.'The boys done terrific. A work of genius.' Martin Kelner'This book is pure kwolity. And I mean kwolity with a capital K.' Graham SpiersA sort of Robbie Fowler's Modern English Usage, the Football Lexicon provides an A to Row Z of the language of football, with over 800 examples of the set phrases we use to talk and write about the beautiful game.Altercation: A rather euphemistic way of describing a bust-up, a dust-up, a situation where players square up, as in: 'Bit of an altercation off the ball there.' See also handbags.Z: Row Z is a long way from the pitch and so, by inference, the hypothetical destination of any no-nonsense clearance. Defenders who put safety first by playing within their limitations can be praised, but a reference to the back of the stand may also depict a badly over-hit pass: 'He tried to find Fredgaard on the other wing, but that's gone straight into Row Z.' Old-school managers may even condone their players putting the opposition into the stands along with the ball: 'County boss Billy Dearden was left fuming: 'O'Driscoll should have finished in Row Z but we were too nice.''

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571227976
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 153 g
Dimensions: 205 x 134 x 19 mm
Edition: Main

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