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Football speak Q - Z
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The Academy guide to more football speak
Wayne gets to grips with a word from the 'gaffer'

Q - QUALITY
Sometimes it shines through, but on other occasions it is sadly lacking.


R - ROTATION
Usually refers to a team's 'chop and change' selection policy.

Could equally describe a manager's 'spinning' head dealing with irate players demanding a starting place.


S - SLEEPING GIANT
It's amazing how many of these there are.

It's one of those clubs starved of success but still believing they are actually any good.


T - TAKING EACH GAME AS IT COMES
When asked for any predictions or thoughts on anything more than a week ahead, it is footballing law to wheel this one out.


U - UNFASHIONABLE CLUB
Any small town team that even dares to mix it with the big boys.


V - VERY MUCH SO
Players often looks for ways to string out sentences to sound more interesting and intelligent than they really are.

This little baby often replaces a simple yes.


W - WIRE
It is the job of a commentator and pundit to make a sporting situation far more exciting than it actually is.

So often we are told the race for the championship is going to 'go down to the wire'. Who are they kidding?


X - X-RATED
Rash, wild and late are all different ways of describing foul challenges. But the very worst ones are saved for the 'X-rated' category.


Y - YOU KNOW
As with 'very much so', there is a dictionary of words footballers call upon to fill in those uncomfortable gaps during an interview.


Z - ROW Z
Most commentators will tell you that, when it comes to passing, defenders are about as useful as a chocolate kettle.

Yet when it comes to clearing the ball out of play they are always expected to find 'Row Z'. Asking a bit much, isn't it?






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