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A pocket guide to football speak
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The Academy guide to the A-Z of football speak
You listen to any football interview or match commentary and you'll think they've got another language.

Well they have. It's called football-speak! The A-Z Academy guide will help you with some of the basics.


A - ALL CREDIT TO THE LADS
It's the best way of highlighting that it was a 'team performance'. And this will usually be teamed up with the word 'delighted'.


B - BOTTLE
A popular one this one. Players can 'have' bottle, 'lack' it or in some cases 'hit' it - but generally it refers to bravery and 'getting in where it hurts'.


C - COULDN'T HIT A COW'S BACKSIDE WITH A BANJO
A term associated with a striker struggling to find the back of the net.

Extra shooting practice might be better than upsetting cattle with a musical instrument.


D - A DIG
A simple term for a speculative long range effort. You'll have to be 'different class' to score, unless of course you are up against a 'dodgy keeper'.


E - EARLY DOORS
If you've scored during this time period you've made a very good start to the game.

The 'early' part of this speaks for itself, but the 'doors' bit is anybody's guess.


F - FUNNY OLD GAME
Isn't it? Apparently so, we're told it often enough.


G - GAME OF TWO HALVES
It seems a bit obvious doesn't it?! But you hear it all the time. It's often used to describe how the first and second halves are often different! Amazing.


H - HOME DRAW
This is the dream ticket in any cup draw.

After the magic of plucking out those balls any player or manager will say: 'You can't ask for more than a 'home draw'.


I - I'M FLATTERED BY THEIR INTEREST
Whenever a player is linked with a move to another club, out come these immortal words. A few days later the player will be on the move.






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