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June 2020

Football training Monday Practised heading the ball: Missed it – nutted the neighbours wall. . Tuesday Perfected my sideline throw: Fell in the mud – forgot to let go . Wednesday Worked on my penalty kick: A real bruiser – my toe met a brick. . Thursday Gained stamina – went for a jog: Ran […]

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May 2020

. Remember when we used to changeIn the back of a Triumph HeraldA lovely little motor carOwned by our goalie Gerald.In the boot he kept the corner flagsThe team kit and his bootsOur Sunday morning ritualFootball, and It’s grass roots.We could never use the dressing roomsThey were always out of orderWindows smashed, Showers wreckedThanks to […]

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April 2020

THEY’RE WEARING CRICKET PADS UP IN HEAVEN John J O’Connor 18th April 2020 “Why are you putting on cricket pads?”says God to old Saint Pete.“Cos Norman Hunter’s coming upand he’s dangerous with his feet. We’ll put him on Cloud number Sixwhere he can hang his England Caps on pegsthe cloud is already christened as‘ Norman […]

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March 2020

Dad stomped in, all grumpy and sore, He stamped his feet and slammed the door. He growled and grimaced and threw down his coat, And made funny noises down his throat. Then mum said kindly, “Don’t worry dear…” “United might still win again this year.” By Rachel Appleyard . Sunday 1st March 2020Austrian Bundesliga SK […]

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February 2020

Saturday 1st February 2020Sky Bet EFL League 2 Swindon Town 2 Eoin Doyle 20, Hallam Hope 45+2 Exeter City 1 Randell Williams 34 Referee:- Kevin Johnson. ……………………………………………Attendance:- 13,095Admission:- OMGDS £17.00 (£25). …………………………….Programme:- £3.00The last time I was at The County Ground was for a Premier League match in 1993. Swindon drew 2-2 that day with […]

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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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