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January 2020

The Football Pitch That dad Built (continued) Often the net broke, even with our shots, but it was worth spending time knotting the net together again just to see that one shot hit the top left hand corner leaving the goalie helpless just like Goal of the Month on Match of the Day. by Paul […]

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December 2019

The Football Pitch that Dad Built (continued) At last they arrived. Dad unwrapped the parcel and unravelled the nets. He stretched them between his vice like hands testing their strength and smiling his approval. Eventually the bright orange nets hung over the posts. He put the ball down, took three paces back ran… and then…thump! […]

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November 2019

The Football Pitch that Dad Built (continued) . The goals we scored were okay, may even have been good, may occasionally have been brilliant but they were nothing compared to the goals they would have been with real nets. Following that path of the ball and seeing the net billow with the shot would always […]

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September 2019

The Football Pitch that Dad Built . Dad made a football pitch in our back garden. He mowed the grass Marked it out with creosote And built the goalposts. They had real nets. . He painted the posts white Just like on Match of The Day And sent away to a special company for the […]

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May 2019

Soccer Sonnet Now children, said the teacher with a smile Put down your books and let your pencils fall Come out into the playground for a while And run around with me and kick a ball. We’ll pick two teams and use our coats for goals (But leave our bags and worries at the door) […]

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April 2019

It’s just a Saturday ritual my dear; So have no fear And let’s be clear, I’m not gallivanting, I’ve no bird in tow, Think of it more Like I’m off to a show; I’ll be back before you know. And yes the pub is also part Of the ritual we must trek, But please take […]

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February 2019

Touchline shouting, that’s all I ever hear, I’m so confused and filled with fear. I’m only ten years old and football should be fun, But with all this noise I don’t know which way to run. “Get back in defence!” my manager shouts. Dad shouts, “Get up front and deal with these louts!” Loud mouth […]

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December 2018

Lullaby for a Referee’s Baby The pitch is cold and dark The night is dark and deep The players have all gone to bed So sleep, baby, sleep. . The whistle’s on the shelf The boots are in a heap The kit is in the laundry bag So sleep, baby, sleep. . The house is […]

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November 2018

How to Score Goals Approach with the ball Sudden Sound of bagpipes (For this you will need an accomplice) Goal . Approach with ball Plus cake Sing “Happy Birthday to you!” Invite goalie to blow his candles out etc. . Approach with ball Point skywards Say,”Oh look – a vulture!” (he will have forgotten the […]

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September 2018

This is the football Season it is that time of year When men in the pub talk football as they enjoy their beer And look forward to September when one club will fly the winner’s flag The team that wins the Premiership gives their fans the right to brag. . Their wives nicknamed the footy […]

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