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Posted by Gary Martin on March 10, 2001

Bob mentioned at the end of the last list that he'd heard gaffer as a football term for hooligan. I follow football in the England but haven't heard that one.

Almost as enjoyable as the games is the inventive use of language in and around football. I've just been watching the preview program on the BBC and a player expressed the view that "it might be deja vu all over again" when his team plays today.

Uk newspapers give it all they've got when it comes to reporting games too. An all-time classic is the report of the unfancied Caledonian Thistle's unexpected win against an out of form Celtic: "Super Cally go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious"

Unfortunately Forfar and East Fife are in different leagues now, but I always used to watch out for a repeat of the inspired scoreline "East Fife 4, Forfar 5"