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half-an-hour • behind • banter
designated • spontaneously
  1. There is no leader on this team, but a few of us have kind of taken charge.
  2. He acts very , and you never know what he is going to do next.
  3. Now is the time when the team members need their fans to get them and motivate them to win.
  4. When our team plays them, there is always a lot of between the supporters.
  5. It takes about a to drive to my office from here.
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712 Football in England
Phil talks about being a football fan and what happens on the day of a match.

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half-an-hour

For about half-an-hour before the game, the stadium starts to fill up.

'Half-an-hour' is the same as 30 minutes in time.

Notice the following:

  1. I was over half-an-hour late for the film.
  2. The exam is only half-an-hour long.

get behind the team

They start to get behind the team.

When you 'get behind the team,' it means that you pledge your support to a particular sports team.

Notice the following:

  1. I think you should wear your team's colors to get behind the team.
  2. The crowd really got behind the team and pushed them to a win.

banter between the supporters

There's generally banter between the supporters whilst the players are warming up on the pitch.

The 'banter between the supporters' is the friendly fighting between fans of different teams.

Notice the following:

  1. The is lots of friendly banter between the teams.
  2. I think half of the fun of supporting a football team is the banter between the supporters.

designated leader

There's no designated leader but there's always a group that starts the song spontaneously.

The 'designated leader' is the person that has been appointed manager.

Notice the following:

  1. I was the designated leader of the group.
  2. I think when you have a team of people, you need a designated leader to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

spontaneously

Everyone spontaneously starts to sing at the same time and a certain song.

When something happens 'spontaneously,' it means that it is impromptu or begins without any plans to begin or signals that it is going to begin.

Notice the following:

  1. I decided quite spontaneously that I wanted to go on holiday.
  2. The music began, and people started to dance spontaneously.