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February 2016

Each team would somehow pick itself No boys were left upon the shelf No substitutions, sulks or shame If you showed up, you got a game. . Not 2-3-5 or 4-2-4 But 2-8-12 or even more Six centre-forwards, five right wings Was just the normal run of things . Lined up then in such formations […]

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January 2016

Picture this, you’re gazing down Upon that smoky factory town. Weaves of streets spread out, converge And from the houses boys emerge. . Boys in boots and boys in wellies Skinny boys and boys with bellies Tiny boys with untied laces Brainy boys with violin cases . The match was played to certain rules By […]

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Moving Beyond The Century

Michael Owen Michael Owen, Michael Owen Runs so fast his boots are glowing. Kicks the ball for all his worth Now it’s orbiting the earth. Roger Stevens (1970 – ) . . . Tuesday 27th October 2015 Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division k.o.:- 7.45pm Longlevens                     […]

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Eschatology

………and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the lamb. Revelations 14 : 10 . . . Tuesday 18th March 2014 Uhlsports Hellenic League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division Brimscombe & Thrupp                           […]

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Cornish Riviera

Who Kicked Cock Robin? Not I said the owl Gazing down sleepy eyed I’m not that kind of fowl And we’re on the same side . Not I said the bee Buzzing back to his hive Cock Robin kicked me And then took a dive . Not I said the grub My excuse is complete […]

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North, South and Midlands

Marcus, don’t argue with the ref. Yes, he needs glasses Yes, he should keep up with play Yes, he’s a pawn In some international betting syndicate But don’t argue with him He’ll send you off. And if he doesn’t, I will. ………… Marcus, what did I say? I warned you You’re argumentative He was bound […]

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Preliminary FA Cup

Team Talk Kevin, a word. Their number seven You’re supposed to be marking him And he’s scored five already, right? Well that’s … enough Close him down (Allan Ahlberg) . . . Wednesday 28th August 2013 West Midlands (Regional) League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division Cradley Town                   […]

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It’s Got 0-0 Written All Over It

My mind’s frustration weighs Heavier than failure. Alas, my heart and I Know not how to endure. – Sri Chinmoy     Easter Monday 1st April 2013 Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League k.o.:- midday Premier Division Wellingborough Town                             1   […]

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From The Rock to Arsenal Ladies!

Tu es Petrus at super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam Matthew chapter 16 verse 18 (Vulgate) . . . Thursday 14th March 2013 Ryman Isthmian League k.o.:- 7.45pm Division 1 North Brentwood Town              1                 […]

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Memories of Holland 2013

Thinking of Holland I see broad rivers slowly chuntering through endless lowlands, rows of implausibly airy poplars standing like tall plumes against the horizon; and sunk in the unbounded vastness of space homesteads and boweries dotted across the land, copses, villages, couchant towers, churches and elm-trees, bound in one great unity. There the sky hangs […]

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