One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The first reserve in an Australian Rules football team.‘South Adelaide made use of their nineteenth man’
- ‘Our nineteenth man is too plastered to come on.’
- ‘The spare player (the nineteenth man) would only be allowed to replace an incapacitated player.’
- ‘Having the rub of the green all game, astounding they have the nerve to boo their nineteenth man.’
- ‘Glenelg's nineteenth man added another goal after the siren.’
- ‘A courageous rover, he was nineteenth man in the 1940 premiership side.’
- ‘North Melbourne complained when the nineteenth man ran on to the ground while Fitzroy's rover Batchelor was being helped off the field.’
- ‘The club provides the nineteenth man with a khaki overcoat to keep him warm as he waits for an opportunity to play.’
- ‘He had to find something to give the nineteenth man hope.’
- ‘The game is best remembered for a sickening collision involving Melbourne's nineteenth man and the Magpie wingman.’
- ‘So, he's your reserve player, sort of a nineteenth man.’
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