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eggshaped
41588.  Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:21 am Reply with quote

The dugout (a slightly below ground level area where football managers sit) was apparently invented in 1920 by Aberdeen trainer Donald Colman, who was a fan of dancing and boxing.

As a coach who liked to record the silky footwork of his team, the area was invented so that he could keep an eye on the players' feet (which is why it was sunken) while making notes (which is why it was covered).

This from the Guardian:

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According to Simon Inglis's excellent Football Grounds of Great Britain, "the most unusual addition to Pittodrie came in the 1920s. Apparently the Dons trainer, Donald Colman, was a boxing and dancing enthusiast obsessed with his players' footwork. Because he also made meticulous notes during games, he needed a dry notebook. Thus he had built a sunken, covered area by the touchline, soon termed 'the dug-out.' A few years later Everton visited, liked the idea and built one at Goodison, and it was not long before every ground had to have one."

 
gerontius grumpus
41781.  Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:32 am Reply with quote

Doesn't the name come from the dugouts constructed in the trenches in the first world war?

 

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