Newspaper Headline Language: Back in the Big Time
This headline is taken from the Guardian newspaper from August 5th 2020 and refers to the Championship play-off final between two west London sides: Fulham and Brentford which Fulham won 2-1 after extra time. The main headline is fairly simple, ‘Back in the Big Time‘ meaning that Fulham have returned to the top flight after only one season in the Championship (the second division in England). The sub-heading ‘Bryan’s double seals another play-off triumph for Fulham‘ gives further information about the win and includes the name of the goalscoring hero, Joe Bryan. He scored twice (a double) in his side’s win in the play-off while the verb ‘seal‘ links with the noun ‘triumph‘ which is another word for win or victory and means to complete the win or simply that Fulham won the play-off final. The ‘big time‘ here refers to the Premiership as this league is seen as one of the best in the world – it certainly offers the most money to its clubs which is why this play-off final is often termed the richest game in football. One interesting note from this report is that the score is wrong – you can see that it gives the result as 2-0 to Fulham when it actually finished 2-1 as Brentford scored in additional time at the end of extra time. Fulham won’t mind though as they are back in the big time and will be on the new Premier League fixtures list for the upcoming 2020-21 season.