One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of long kicks upfield as an attacking tactic.‘they would be favouring route one as opposed to the fancy stuff’as modifier ‘City are not a Route One team’
- ‘The two sides played differing games, Leodiensians getting the ball wide at every opportunity and Ribblesdale favouring a more ‘Route One’ style in which the pack had an important part to play.’
- ‘The difference is that a number of teams adopted Hughes’ ‘Route One’ tactics, but it appears from Runciman's account that nobody wants to copy the Oakland Athletics.’
1970s: from a phrase used in the 1960s television quiz show Quizball, in which questions (graded in difficulty) led to scoring a goal, Route One being the direct path.
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