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Paul Lewis: Vegetable-hurling habit simply good, healthy fun

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It's been a long while since I enjoyed a story as much as this week's cabbage attack on Aston Villa football manager Steve Bruce.

Villa are a big club with a rich history in English football; a fan in the stands biffed the cabbage at Bruce after they continued their poor form in the Football Championship, settling uncomfortably in 13th place. It's unlikely they will be returning to the Premier League any time soon.

Bruce was fired a day after the cabbage attack, giving rise to some significant questions: I mean, how many people take a cabbage to a football match? How do you hide it, for a start? It doesn't fit up your jumper. If it's discovered by the bag-searching security folk, do you say: "Oh yeah, just been to Tesco's"?

But, more importantly, maybe New Zealand (where the fan base can be a bit, well, staid) should harvest a whole variety of vegetables for those days when frustrations need to be released.

In fact, we could almost invent a whole new coded world of vegetable insults that could be slung at errant coaches and players. We're looking at you, Michael Cheika ...

Like a kumara, as in "suck the........

© New Zealand Herald