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See also: Old Guard
- A (comparatively) conservative, reactionary faction that is more unwilling to accept new ideas than their peers are.
- Collectively, the members of a team who have been a long time in a place.
2011 February 1, Saj Chowdhury, “Sunderland 2 - 4 Chelsea”, in BBC:
- The Blues, without new big-money signings Fernando Torres and David Luiz, relied on their old guard to dig them out of an early hole.