Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

Football Clichés By Adam Hurrey

Release date: 07th December, 2014
Publisher: Headline

List Price: £16
Our Price: £10
You Save: £6 (37%)
Buy Now

Watching a League Two fixture from the terraces with my brother recently, the home team’s trainer ran onto the pitch to treat an injured player carrying a bag that would have comfortably failed Easyjet’s cabin baggage test and wearing an old-fashioned, green roll neck sweater-cum-tracksuit top, the sight of which drew laughter from the greyer sections of the sparse crowd.

“When did goalies stop wearing jerseys like that?” asked my brother, a sentence which contained two words, ‘goalies’ and ‘jerseys’ rarely heard at football grounds any more. For the rest of the game, we wondered what other words, positions and phrases, such as ‘right half’ or ‘sliding tackle’ had slipped, almost unnoticed, from common terrace usage.

For a much more amusing account of this process, readers should buy Adam Hurrey’s Football Clichés which takes an often extremely funny look at football’s peculiar language.

Hurrey doesn’t just concentrate on phrases such as ‘the boy done well’ though. He also creates pseudo-scientific graphics such as the ‘anger severity scale’, essentially the words used by managers and players in response to accusations regarding their behaviour or play. Words like ‘bemoan’ are at the lower, less furious end of the scale, whereas an ‘astonishing attack’ is the angriest repost a football man can launch.

On occasion, he successfully meanders off to consider other matters, such as the phrases we now commonly use for a foul. There’s the clumsy foul, the professional foul and, when we’re not quite sure, we have a tendency to describe a ‘coming together’ as “six of one, half a dozen of another”.

Any book which describes itself as “a speculative effort, from distance, to translate the curious language of football” has to be worth reading.

Usefully, Hurrey also considers whatever happened to the word ‘goalie’, but does it advise when the man between the sticks stopped wearing green roll neck jerseys? That would be telling.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods By Frank Strack
Pursuit Books
Read Review Buy Now
The Descent By Thomas Dekker
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
The Fall of the House of FIFA By David Conn
Yellow Jersey Press
Read Review Buy Now
Gentleman and Player The Story of Colin Cowdrey, Cricket’s Most Elegant and Charming Batsman By Andrew Murtagh
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Premier League: 25 Years By Lloyd Pettiford
Urbane Publications
Read Review Buy Now
Johnny Haynes Portrait of a Football Genius By James Gardner
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners By James Montague
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
True Professional The Clive Sullivan Story By James Oddy
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now
Crazy: My Road to Redemption By Chris Lewis
The History Press
Read Review Buy Now
Fearless Freddie The Life and Times of Freddie Mills By Christopher Evans
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.