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twelfth man

n
1. (Cricket) a reserve player in a cricket team
2. (Soccer) anything that is regarded as a contributory factor to the success of a football team, esp a large and vocal home support
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twelfth man

n (Brit: Cricket) → Ersatzspieler m
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"The 12th Man aims to show the spiritual beliefs, hopes, loyalties and unmovable support that comes from the twelfth men and women of each team."
Broadway are a win away from a twelfth men's Division One title in the Birmingham League.