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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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The End of The Year

Dad on the Line . I’m playing in this big game New kit, great pitch Proper goals with proper nets All of a sudden With rattle and scarf And a flask of tea … there’s Dad Come on, my son! says Dad Square ball! says Dad We are the champions! says Dad Que sera, sera. […]

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Disastrous Deviations!

There lived an old man in the kingdom of Tess, Who invented a purely original dress; And when it was perfectly made and complete, He opened the door, and walked into the street. By way of a hat, he’d a loaf of Brown Bread, In the middle of which he inserted his head;– His Shirt […]

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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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Like Adelstrop!

The steam hissed.  Some one cleared his throat. No one left and no one came On the bare platform.  What I saw Was Adlestrop — only the name From “Adelstrop” by Edward Thomas (1878-1917) . . .   Monday 24th February 2014 Calor Southern League k.o.:- 7.45pm Division 1 Central Beaconsfield SYCOB       […]

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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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Nicole at Whyteleafe and other tales – end of February 2012

I was pretty glad I didn’t go to a Monday evening fixture, because I didn’t really feel up to it and by Tuesday I felt much better and definitely looking forward to the fixture at Thrapston! It is a funny old ground, Chancery Lane, it shares the site with the cricket club and so only […]

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