Football phrases that grinds your gears

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"Team can't win league with player x in the team" must be one of the most ignorant post.
 

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"Lovely feet there from the young winger"

Totally inappropriate. They all have lovely feet.
 

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From here.

This is a piece about Sunday league football.

It will not make any reference to hangovers (Haha! Some of them go out the night before and are still drunk when they turn up!), fat players (LOL! They aren't professional athletes!) or crap pitches (ROFL! The public playing surface isn't completely flat and abundant with grass!)

English football, from top to bottom, has always been characterised by its intangible, unquantifiable (unless you count bags as suitable units of measurement) qualities of spirit, passion, grit, determination and, less notably, "talking".

Talking is easy. Not talking enough is generally agreed in Sunday league to be highly counter-productive. Players are urged before kick-off for "lots of talking", especially "back there". Not talking is an accusation that can only be levelled at a whole team (or at least its rearguard), rather than an individual (unless it is the captain, who must shout indiscriminately for ninety minutes, for that is his job.)

To avoid this indictment, a lexicon of largely useless phrases has emerged, which can be called upon whenever it is necessary to fill a period of relative silence. Everyone knows them, everyone understands what they are vaguely supposed to mean, and almost nobody questions them. Now, clichéd as they are, many bellowed phrases you hear on a football pitch - "Man on!", "Out we go!", etc - are useful instructions. Nothing wrong with those. The following set of on-pitch rallying cries, however, must not escape scrutiny:

1. "We've Gone Quiet"
Going quiet, as highlighted earlier, is the sign of a malfunctioning team. No-one is talking, which means we all might as well go home. A period of notable quietness is ended only when the captain draws everyone's attention to it: "Come on lads, we've gone quiet!". It can, at the shouter's discretion, be bookended with "...haven't we?", to offer the illusion of a debate where one is really not available.

Apart from functioning to actually end the quietness, this is accepted as an open invitation to call upon phrases 2-8 in this list.

2. "Straight In"
A staple instruction that can be used only at a very specific moment - namely, the opponents kicking off the game. "Run after the ball!", it demands, "Chase it when they kick it backwards!". Only the strikers need to, of course, and the moment quickly passes. Getting "straight in" is not a continuous requirement, but merely an opening gesture of intent, which is guaranteed to be unfulfilled.

Often accompanied by a mindless, yet somehow entirely appropriate-feeling, clap of the hands.

3. "Two On The Edge"
When a corner is awarded, it is everyone's job to pick up their man. One player has the added task of spotting a particular discrepancy in this complex marking system, in that there are two unattended opponents lumbering into the penalty area. In extreme circumstances, there may be "three on the edge" - an unthinkable catastrophe which is met with a suitably incredulous cry of "I've got three here!". The lack of concentration may be down to the defence's preoccupation with the big man, the tall (i.e. lanky) opposing centre-back/estate agent, who has arrived with a look of great purpose from the back.

4. "All Day"
An utterly irritating phrase (specifically designed to be so) used by smug opponents to declare your attacking efforts as weak and unlikely to succeed even if repeated. Often said twice in quick succession - as a speculative effort flies high, wide and [not at all] handsome - to compound the humiliation.

5. "It's Still 0-0"
Football is an overwhelmingly childish pursuit. Much of football supporting is based on schadenfreude and suffering the taunts, in return, when your own team is humbled.

To combat this threat, some employ an overly defensive stance, hoping that an audible absence of pride will pre-empt any possible fall. And so, if a Sunday team races into an early lead, one stern-faced, armband-toting try-hard will attempt to construct a parallel universe in which the game is, in fact, goalless. The job is not done, he says, a point he may return to when the final score is 7-4 or something similarly amateur.

6. "Box 'Em In!"
A cult classic, in my eyes. Satisfies two fundamental criteria: 1) A laughable attempt at tactical insight, and 2) Exclaimed almost instinctively, EVERY SINGLE TIME. The ball goes out for an opposition throw-in, deep in their final third, and it is universally accepted that they do not have the adequate technical skills (or simply the upper-body strength) to play/hurl their way to safety.

7. "[Shirt Colour] Head on This!"
Possibly the most pointless one of all. For the uninitiated, this cryptic command is for your teammates to meet an imminent opposition hoof with their head before the other lot can. No accuracy is required but congratulations are available for heading it really, really hard, straight back where it came from. "WELL UP!" you are told, with your name declared in full if the game is particularly tense. More forward-thinking Sunday league players concern themselves with the second ball, which is often simply another header. Third balls remain an untapped, bewildering resource, possibly due to Chaos Theory.

8. "Away!"
Loosely translated as "Now look here, teammate - I neither want nor trust you to play your way out of trouble. Please dispose of the ball as quickly and as far away as possible." Failure to do as directed leaves one open to castigation for "fannying about with it there". Professional footballers, it should be noted, do not officially fanny about but simply dally, hesitate or dwell on the ball.

Meanwhile, back on recreation grounds up and down the country, players might be allowed to fanny about if they are deemed to have an adequate amount of:

9. "Time!"
The ball drops from the air and a player finds himself in acres of space. Pointing this out to him might seem a good idea. It'll calm him down, allow him to get his head up and play a pass, rather than treat the ball like an unpinned grenade.

However, when ten other players scream "Time! Time!" in unison, it tends to have quite the opposite effect. The futility of the situation is laid bare when, after relinquishing possession easily, the player is offered a final, withering, retrospective observation.

"You had time."

10. "Where Was The Shout?"
The ultimate act of Sunday League buck-passing. A player is unceremoniously dispossessed from behind, to howls of derision from his teammates. Accompanied by a despairing flap of the arms, the player begs of his colleagues: "Where was the shout?"

There wasn't one.

Because they've gone quiet, haven't they?
 

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"Fluffed his lines"
"The wall did it's job"
"His favoured left foot" (how many left feet has he got?)
"Improvised finish" - isn't it all improvised, it's not WWE
"Stonewaller" (for penalties. Stonewall means to delay or hinder not without doubt)
"Worldie" grow up
 

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Cultured left foot. Wand of a left foot. Hammer of a left foot.
 

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“If Messi had done that, we would be talking about it…..”
 

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Hit the back of the net.
Surely it should be the front of the net as the back of the net would be facing away from the pitch!
 

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"Fluffed his lines"
"The wall did it's job"
"His favoured left foot" (how many left feet has he got?)
"Improvised finish" - isn't it all improvised, it's not WWE
"Stonewaller" (for penalties. Stonewall means to delay or hinder not without doubt)
"Worldie" grow up
Nothing wrong with that one.
 

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System player.

You can't expect him to control a ball. He's a system player !
 

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He hit the shot too well.
It doesn’t make a lick of sense
That one is particularly ridiculous.
 

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Referring to potential as if it’s in any way measurable annoys me. You know nothing about the smaller issues like diet, sleep habits or general lifestyle choices and know even less about the more important issues like psychological make up, physical potential or even what aspects of their game they can and should improve. Yet you can analyse with such certainty a player’s potential/ceiling?
 

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"It's not just what they do on the pitch, it's what they do off it." Couldn't care less.
 

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Andy Townsend’s pronunciation of “unlucky” which sounds exactly the opposite
 

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A phrase I've found amusing over the years, not just in football, is: "They're asking questions of the defence." I first heard it by a commentator in Australia during a rugby league game. I picture players with the ball shouting out trivia questions to defenders when running at them.
 

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A fairly recent one - I think it's Gary Neville who may have started it:

"At this moment in time"

As opposed to what? A moment in space? Probably wouldn't bother me so much if they didn't say it at every fecking moment of every fecking time.
 

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A fairly recent one - I think it's Gary Neville who may have started it:

"At this moment in time"

As opposed to what? A moment in space? Probably wouldn't bother me so much if they didn't say it at every fecking moment of every fecking time.
He says it constantly. It's quite annoying but have other people started saying it too?
 

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He says it constantly. It's quite annoying but have other people started saying it too?
Carragher noticeably. Micah Richards too. Basically just any ex-player on Sky Sports that isn't Roy Keane.

Neville is by far the worst offender - it's like he's started a movement there.

Edit: autocorrect
 
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"They don't like it up them"
"win the second balls"
"Let him know you're there"
 

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Is this used when a player misses a chance?
It’s when a player connects beautifully with a shot and goes stright at the keeper / wide when a scuffed shot would drag it either side and score.
it’s basically saying the ball going exactly where the striker intended is somehow unlucky.
 

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A fairly recent one - I think it's Gary Neville who may have started it:

"At this moment in time"

As opposed to what? A moment in space? Probably wouldn't bother me so much if they didn't say it at every fecking moment of every fecking time.
Gary Neville bingo is amazing. Every 10 minutes he’ll say one of the following: at this moment in time, whereby, the last time 12-18 months, football club.