Football : Terms and Teams, Paperback

Football : Terms and Teams Paperback


Contains latin mottos, club names, nicknames, ground names, club crests, fanzines and websites, songs that grow out of hymns, songs that grow out of pop, all add to the colour of the language associated with football.

This is the word and landscape in which feet and balls and lines and posts and hands and elbows come together to make ravishing kinetic geometry of the beautiful game. "Football: Terms and Teams" provides a concise guide to the origins of the terms associated with the ninety-two professional football clubs in the English leagues.

It tells readers all that they need to know, providing etymologies and histories, excavating old grounds, mapping the changes in fortune and culture that each club has gone through in its inexorable progress to today.

For every football fan, and especially for those who travel to away grounds, the book will uncover the mysteries of names such as Tottenham Hotspur, the Boleyn Ground at West Ham, Chesterfield's nickname the Spireites, Blackburn Rovers' fanzine 10,000 Holes and why there is a Canary on the Norwich club crest. If you have ever wondered why Liverpool's famous stand is called the Kop or why Newcastle's fans are called the Toon Army this is the book for you.

Packed with anecdotes and little known facts about every team from Arsenal to York City, the book will intrigue and inform in equal measure.




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