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Football Lexicon

David Woodhouse

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ISBN 10: 057122797X / ISBN 13: 9780571227976
Published by Faber & Faber, 2004
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Football Lexicon

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Main.

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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? 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. This hardback book has 190 pages and measures: 20.5 x 13.5 x 2cm


For the first time - the complete lexicon of football cliches. -- The Times

A joy to read -- Cambridge Evening News, October 22, 2004

Absolutely brilliant -- Adrian Chiles, The Independent, October 9, 2004

Absolutely brilliant...There are fascinating questions raised as well as many hugely entertaining cheap shots. -- Adrian Chiles, BBC Match of the Day

Reminds the reader just how ubiquitous and comical some of the game's common jargon really is. -- Tom Dart, The Times, October 18, 2004

Spot on. -- Hunter Davies, New Statesman

The boys done terrific. A work of genius. -- Martin Kelner, Guardian

This book is pure kwolity. And I mean kwolity with a capital K. -- Graham Spiers, The Herald

‘Absolutely brilliant . . . There are fascinating questions raised as well as many hugely entertaining cheap shots.’ -- Adrian Chiles from 'Match of the Day'

‘For the first time – the complete lexicon of football clichés.’ -- The Times

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