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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 Spiers
A 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.''
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
Title: Football Lexicon
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 2004
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