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SUBALTERN. A kind of officer who exercises his authority under the superintendence and control of a superior.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Not only do staff suffer and subbies such as Sillars and Wyn feel a heavy draught but arranging continuation contracts can be painful too.
Though it's early days, the contractor's Steve Temperley will have input into the choice of subbies.
If the crowd throw on three subbies and they turn things round and win, why bother with a manager?If they make a backside of it and lose it's still the gaffer's neck on the line as his side slip further down the league.
Certainly subbies, suppliers and tradesmen in the North-East lose out.
In European games, you're allowed five subbies each, right?