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February 2017

from:- “The Goals of Bingo Boot” And all the while in streets and parks On pitches large or small Without a proper pair of boots Sometimes without a ball! With tin cans in the clattering yard In weather cold or hot Young Bingo shimmied left and right And scored with every shot . His poor […]

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December 2016

The fans in the stand are silent You could hear the fall of a pin For the fabulous game just ended And the tale that’s about to begin. . From “The Goals of Billy Boot” by Allan Ahlberg (1937 – )   Saturday 3rd December 2016 Ryman Isthmian League Division 1 North Brightlingsea Regent 3 […]

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October 2016

  The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee (From “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron 1815)   Monday 3rd October 2016 […]

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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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Like a Wolf on the Fold

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee. Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) .  . . Tuesday 4th March 2014 Chromasports & Trophies […]

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Are The Daffodils Really Here?

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. William Wordsworth . . . Monday 22nd April 2013 Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League k.o.:- 7.45pm […]

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The Season’s Evening Draws On

  This is the place. Stand still, my steed, Let me review the scene, And summon from the shadowy Past The forms that once have been. The first verse of “A Gleam of Sunshine” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)     Tuesday 16th April 2013 Chromasports & Trophies United Counties League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division […]

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Ooh La La ….Italia

L’amore fa passare il tempo, il tempo fa passare l’amore. — Anonimo (scheda)   Monday 18th February 2013 Evo-Stik Southern League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division Hitchin Town                           0                          Leamington       […]

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In The Bleak Mid-Winter!

In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter. by Christina Rossetti There was no Monday night match this week, instead, once again, I was committed to the cinema and a ‘feel good’ romp […]

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Heading for Christmas

The Winter Is Cold, Is Cold by Madeleine L’Engle The winter is cold, is cold. All’s spent in keeping warm. Has joy been frozen, too? I blow upon my hands Stiff from the biting wind. My heart beats slow, beats slow. What has become of joy?  Monday 3rd December 2012 Hertfordshire Senior Cup k.o.:- 7.45pm […]

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