Play up! Play up! and play the game. Henry Newbolt
This book is an offshoot of a similar book which is a collection of insults. A lot of the quotes came from the world of sport so it seemed a logical step to widen the scope.
Both books had their origin in a project about Great Britain during the 1980’s, so many of the quotes are rooted in that decade and are predominantly from British sportsmen and women. I have also drawn on letters written to the national press, occasional news items and some literary verses all with a strong British bias. This wasn’t how I intended the book to be but I found that any sport played outside of these islands was a completely different ball game.