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Golf

Greyhound racing

Horse racing

Ice Hockey

Lawn Mower racing

Motor Racing

Rowing

Rugby League

Rugby Union

Snooker

Squash

Swimming

Tennis

Tiddlywinks

Tug of War

The Olympics

Referees, the Press and Officials

Colemanballs


Introduction


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.

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