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Weekly Football Phrase: Roy of the Rovers (stuff)

roy of the roversThis week, introduces the English football phrase and cliche ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s weekly English for football phrase is ‘Roy of the Rovers stuff’. Roy of the Rovers refers to a comic series that started in the 1950s in Britain. Roy was the star player and he and his team were always involved in amazing and exciting matches, with incredible shots, goals, and drama. The phrase ‘That was Roy of the Rovers stuff‘ or ‘It’s straight out of Roy of the Rovers‘ is used to describe something that is especially amazing, like a dream. Often, a player or team has been close to disaster, for example, being relegated or knocked out of a competition, but heroic play means they triumph in the end. This week, in a Champions League Quarter Final Lionel Messi came off the bench and even though he was injured he set up a goal that got Barcelona through to the semi-finals – Roy of the Rovers stuff!

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