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Learn Ronglish - the unique language of Big Ron Atkinson

Bagatelle Football

It's not just today or yesterday that Big Ron began to bring his influence to bear on the evolution of English language and literature. When Charles Dickens got his big break in the 1830's with the Pickwick Papers, he described...

Early Doors

Ron's rather uneconomical alternative for the times when he finds the word 'early' on its own somehow doesn't quite get across the earliness of the situation. In the end, this completely useless phrase became his finest hour - becoming unanimously...

Second Post

Where less helpful pundits would talk about the 'far post', Ron - never one to discriminate against the uninitiated - thoughtfully provides a clue as to the location of this post to those not familiar with the rudiments of...

Spotter’s Badge

Very much the language's signature piece. A metaphorical prize awarded by Ron when a player he likes makes a perceptive pass. Ron might say: Spotter's badge for Beckham to put Cole clear. Shame about the finish. Mrs. Ron might say: Oh you bought...

Lollipop

Excitable Ron's description of a popular football skill, usually performed by a 'tricky' winger. National Institute of Commentating scholars were long convinced that this Ronglish classic owed something to the lollipop stick/trick Cockney rhyming slang staple, but when pressed...

Installments

Fast-moving Ron is particularly skeptical of the beautiful game's less lively protagonists. The poet of the gantry has a host of barbed dismissals in his locker, but "in installments" is reserved for displays of ground-breaking slowness. "Installments" has become extremely popular...

Little Eyebrows

The rich visual content of the Ronglish vocabulary is showcased with this delightful description of a glancing backward header. Often used in conjunction with 'second post'. While much of Ron's language spread quickly throughout the football world, this key phrase...

Full Gun

Ron's gangsta tendencies come to the fore with this succinct description of a powerful shot. Curiously, this is normally used only when, despite the fullness of the gun, the brave custodian manages to thwart the violent assault on goal. Ron...

Tell you what

The fledgling language's single most indispensable element. Complex Ronglish syntax rules state that 'tell you what' must preface every exclamation, statement of fact, or off-the-cuff remark. Be warned also that this landmark phrase can signal the beginning of an extended...

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