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July 2017

from:- “The Goals of Bingo Boot” by Allan Ahlberg . Even God had a frown on his face And powerful reasons to pray. If I let this in, he told Himself There’ll be the Devil to pay. Now Bingo stepped up with the ball And placed it on the spot Stepped back, breathed deep, ran […]

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November 2016

In honour of my first visit to Larkhall Athletic, and in remembrance of fallen soldiers from The Great War, I re-produce this poem was which part of the official programme for their match against AFC Totton (see below). The Lark From Wrath-red dawn to wrath-red dawn The guns have brayed without abate; And now the […]

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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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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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Robin Hood Hop

No, the bugle sounds no more, And the twanging bow no more; Silent is the ivory shrill Past the heath and up the hill; There is no mid-forest laugh, Where lone Echo gives the half To some wight, amaz’d to hear Jesting, deep in forest drear. From “Robin Hood” by John Keats (1795-1821) . . […]

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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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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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Ragbag

Football can make you cry It can also bring you joy I’ve played and watched it As a man and a small boy. (from:- “A poem for Football Lovers” by Kevin Halls)   Monday 28th January 2013 Evo-Stik Southern League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division Hitchin Town                   […]

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FREEZING

(from) The Winter Freeze by Tari Mazenenga EARLY MORNING rush, crowds buzzing like honeybees, Ironically enough, nothing’s sweet about this icy winter freeze. The cold blues bring back memories framed in my mind,     Monday 10th December Evo-Stik Southern League k.o.:- 7.45pm Premier Division Hitchin Town                 […]

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