Push and run

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Push-and-run, also known as a one-two, a wall pass or a give-and-go, is a tactic often used in association football. It was devised and developed by Arthur Rowe,[1] who was the then manager of English football club Tottenham Hotspur from 1949.

The push-and-run style involved quickly laying the ball off to a teammate and running past the marking tackler to collect the return pass. It proved an effective way to move the ball at pace, with players' positions and responsibility being fluid.[2]

Implementing this new and unique style,[3] Tottenham ran away with their first ever league title. In 1951 they won the First Division Championship and became the first side to win Second and First Divisions in successive seasons.


  1. ^ Lanfranchi, Pierre; Taylor, Matthew (2001). Moving with the Ball: The Migration of Professional Footballers. Berg Publishers. p. 203. ISBN 1-85973-307-7. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Ron Burgess: Titanic presence at Tottenham Hotspur". The Independent. 2005-02-21. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ Bolchover, David; Brady, Chris (2006). The 90-minute Manager: Lessons from the Sharp End of Management. Pearson Education. p. 282. ISBN 0-273-70830-9. Retrieved 2008-07-20.