While exploring the corpus of English Journalistic writing on sport, I came across something interesting. While you often hear supporters referring to their team as ‘we’ or ‘us’, it appears journalists remain detached, even when they are writing in the Irish Independent or Irish Examiner about the Irish team. All of the results for the concordance of ‘we’ were quotes from management and players and not just general description or a match or analysis. Take a look for yourself.
Just something interesting I noted in my use of AntConc to analyse this corpus.