Jamie: I was with Tranmere Rovers before this. They signed me from school when I was 14.
Santiago: Yeah? How’s it going?
Jamie: Early days. That’s Gavin Harris. They just signed him for eight million pounds.
Man: Dining with the bum–bandit today, are we, Jamie?
Glen: Hugie Magowan’s 33. Unless every other centre back in the squad breaks his leg, he’ll not play for thefirst team again.
Santiago: Why he be so pissed with me?
Glen: Well, you’re the new kid on the block, son. You’ve got something he never had—flair.
Glen: Aye. You know, most players, myself included, they play within themselves. They play to their strengths so they don’t expose their weakness. The great players, the ones with flair, they take risks, because they don’t believe they’re risks. Here. Put your coat down here. Three and in. you’re in.
Santiago: All mighty.
Glen: They control the ball, the ball doesn’t control them. Here. Look at this. Two jackets and a ball. It’s all you need.
Harmison: No way. It’s full of posers, that place.
Jamie: Yeah? Where are you going?
Woman: We’re going to The Spyglass.
Santiago: What do you say?
Santiago & Jamie: Yeah, yeah.
Waiter: Here we go. Here we go.
Woman: Canny wine, this Rioja. It’s from your part of the world, isn’t it? Spain?
Santiago: No, I’m from LA.
Jamie: I’m from Merseyside.
Woman: LA? And Merseyside? What are you two doing up here?
Jamie: We play for Newcastle.
Woman: I though you said players were off limits.
Harmison: Relax. They haven’t made the reserves yet.
Woman: Well, as long as you’re mired in mediocrity, pet, you’re in with a chance.
Santiago: I’m sorry, but I don’t know what that means.
Harmison: It means don’t change. Don’t become something you’re not.
Santiago: Well, my life’s already changed, just by being here.
Jamie: I grew up on a council estate with a dad on the dole and a mum on the booze. Change is fine with me.
1. First team
我们通常把这个说法翻译为“一线队”。The first team is the colloquial name given to the most senior team fielded by a football club. Within the structure of the club, there is no higher level than the first team, and if the club fields other teams those teams will compete in less senior leagues and comprise those players who are not deemed to merit a place in the first team.
Within the professional game, the level below the first team is usually known as the reserve team, or colloquially as the "second string" or the "stiffs",即我们中文里讲的“二线队”. Players may be dropped to the reserve team from the first team if they perform poorly or are working their way back to full fitness from an injury.
2. On the block
On the block 这个片语是指“出售中”，常和put 或者 go 连用。例如：These paintings will all be put on the block.