In the realm of football, there are certain expressions or occurrences that have become as by the numbers as they can get.
The game’s been around forever, and gradually, it has developed its own linguistic flavour, with terms and phrases spouted incessantly by basically every individual in the sport.
Bits of inside lingo have carried forward from previous generations as well, your grandparents heard Jimmy Greaves call it ‘a game of two halves’, and now you can catch Martin Tyler doing the same from the gantry.
The examples are endless, and compiling together every repetition of a particular term can prove especially tricky.
But thanks to a remarkable account on Twitter, you won’t have to traipse around the archives to find every instance of someone calling it ‘a funny old game’.
The account in discussion goes by the name of @bryansgunn, and it houses everything required to feed your retro Footy cravings.
On occasion, the account also posts funny compilations which clip together all those cloying Football cliches you love to hate.
For instance, here’s a comp showing off the countless number of times somebody took the expression ‘Part and Parcel for a spin’.
Usually dropped after a disappointing result, the phrase is typically used as justification. But in all honesty, it mostly falls on deaf ears.
Seeing a manager try to rationalize missteps by referring to them as ‘part and parcel’ can be genuinely infuriating. Fortunately, the compilation saves you from that rage by throwing in clips of mispronunciations, like Harry Maguire saying ‘past and pasts’, or possibly ‘parts and parts’.
We did our best on deciphering that one.
Moving on, here’s another exasperating stereotype you’ll hear the moment a football club starts doing well.
Scouts say ‘top top’ when they spot a bright talent, Twitter tacticians call it ‘parking the bus’ when they spot a low block, and Football managers proudly proclaim that they’re ‘a proper football club’ every time things are going swimmingly.
In the comp, we have the likes of Harry Redknapp, Roy Keane, Gary Lineker, and Paul Scholes who even provides an encore.
The comp then transitions into the usage of ‘proper’ in general, ‘proper forward’, ‘proper midfielder’, ‘proper goalscorer’, and ‘proper’ what have you.
The account has other such hilarities present throughout, and it gets our ‘proper’ recommendation.
Hankering for more? Here are some other overused expressions, including a few reminders that really are ‘no easy games.’
Unless you’re Jose Mourinho, of course.