To celebrate winning the FA Cup by wearing its lid as a hat. he smell inside a Ford Fiesta carrying five overweight England fans back to Lincolnshire. he nagging feeling of resentment when you let a four-year-old score a goal past you in the garden. he lovely velvety bag the cup draw balls are kept in. very football fan has seen or known these things. But who has the words to describe them? Wouldn t football be more fun if there was a word for surreptitiously timing a pre-match minute's silence, just to see if it's accurate? Or for the feeling of frustration that the half of the league table you catch sight of on TV is never the half with your team in? Shouldn t there be a verb that means- to reduce a 2-0 deficit to 2-1 in injury time, grab the ball out of the net and run back to the half-way line with it in order to get the game restarted as quickly as possible, despite the fact that your actions are completely futile since it s the other team that ll be kicking off again? Yes. There should be. And there is. Footypedia- The Alternative Football Dictionary is the hilarious, insightful and essential repository for all those things in football that up til now have simply take
Daniel Maier has written for television, radio and theatre. His credits include- Harry Hill's TV Burp, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression and Big World Cup, and The Peter Serafinowicz Show. He must have a sense of humour- he supports Newcastle United.