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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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Pleasant Pastures in Perivale and Mad Marauding Muntjacs

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: The opening lines of John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale”   Don’t the above words just fill you with foreboding? I’d recently taken […]

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