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Football Clichés

Adam Hurrey explores the glorious and unique language of football: the words, the phrases, the mannerisms and, above all, the clichés.

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About Football Clichés

In what other context do football fans use the words ‘aplomb’ or ‘derisory’? Why don’t we use ‘rifle’ as a verb on the other six days of the week? Why do aggrieved midfielders feel the instinctive need to make a giant ball-shaped gesture with both hands after a mistimed tackle is punished?

The more football Adam Hurrey watched, the more he began to spot the recurring mannerisms, behaviours, opinions and iconography that were mindlessly repeated in the football media.

Some cliches are ridiculous, some are quaintly outdated, some have survived through their sheer indisputability. Here, they are covered in all their glory.

The podcast releases two episodes a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in several formats – ‘The Adjudication Panel’, discussing the week’s cliche issues, a monthly ‘The Football Cliches Quiz’, and ‘Mesut Haaland Dicks’ – the Cliches version of Desert Island Disks, often with a famous guest from the world of football.

Meet the hosts

Adam Hurrey

Adam Hurrey

Adam Hurrey is the author of Football Cliches, a study of the unique language of the game, and is the creator and host of the Football Cliches podcast. His second book will be published in September 2024.
Charlie Eccleshare

Charlie Eccleshare

Charlie Eccleshare is a football journalist for The Athletic, mainly covering Tottenham Hotspur. He joined in 2019 after five years writing about football and tennis at The Telegraph.
David Cameron Walker

David Cameron Walker

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