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Andrew Detheridge

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    There are moments in a boy’s life- days that linger and ferment forever in the mind:
    Growing up; leaving the pencil case and the lunch box behind.

    The first time a razor slides smoothly across the […]

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    It started off so promisingly
    but, like so much these days,
    it simply wasn’t built to last.

    Too many matches set up not to lose
    too many games without a shot…
    on target; no reflection of our glorious […]

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    New season; hopes fresh as new boots; wild boozy talk of promotion on the terraces.
    Hushed whisperings of extravagant signings; rumours of wunderkinds
    Unearthed in the reserves… just waiting to push
    For a […]

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    Nil-Nil and there’s only been five torturous minutes on the clock
    But it already looks like their defence is solid as the proverbial rock.
    I’ve got a nasty feeling about our chances today-
    Should have gone to […]

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    With the excesses of Christmas and New Years’ Eve
    still greasy in our stomachs
    we process, pilgrims ever, to the hallowed ground.
    Taking our seats near the Forest fans,
    crammed like teeth in the Smethwick,
    we hear […]

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    As miracles go: walking on water, water into wine,
    they’re both fine
    but these will be of little consequence,
    forgotten about completely from this time hence,
    mere trivialities, footnotes in an inconsequential […]

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    Most hotels booking out rooms by the hour
    probably have peeling wallpaper and more stains on the bedsheets
    than a CSI crimescene.
    But our course was in a fancy one: all air-conditioned
    conference rooms, Sky News […]

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    They stare at me, sombre-faced and disapproving
    from their sepia prints in stained oak frames. Arms folded,
    and sporting moustaches now seen only on pantomime villains,

    you just know their centre-partings
    were […]

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    (Part 1- An acrostic)

    We clicked through turnstiles in hope rather than
    Expectation. Fickle Fortune had not, thus far, favoured Roy’s Big Plan-
    Stuttering and stumbling and stubbornly refusing to catch fire.
    ‘Top […]

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    (To the tune of ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles)

    Hey snood, don’t take it bad
    but, without you, the world is better.
    Remember, not to take it to heart
    we’ll still survive when it gets wetter.

    Hey snood, don’t be put […]

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    The shortest war in History
    was between Zanzibar and England in 1896.
    Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

    At least it was mercifully brief.

    Our capitulation
    is now entering its second month. Our slide
    from […]

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    Kennington Oval, 19th March 1892:
    Aston Villa take on the boys in white and blue.
    Arch rivals then and still so today,
    Twenty five thousand turned up to cheer and watch them play

    The FA Cup Final, fresh turf and […]

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    Goodbye Robert Koren; Our Robbie; dearest Bob.
    We all shed a tear for you- nay, maybe even a sob.
    You’ve been told that you’re worthless and can go now for nowt
    Worth not a jot, a pound or a penny- so, go on- get […]

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    Sky Sports News, Sky Sports News
    Enough to drive you to the booze
    They go to your ground, you blow a fuse
    They give no hint- did you win or lose?

    The pundits really draw it out
    Then Phil Thompson lets out a […]

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    when you know they could play all night
    and they still wouldn’t score.

    when the only entertainment is in the banter of the terrace
    and not on the pitch.

    when the wind changes direction
    and seems to blow the rain […]

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    Win today and we’re back where we belong
    (Start tuning up, ‘We’re Back Again’; the WBA promotion song)
    All we need to do is get a result at the Keepmoat
    to keep our Premier League aspirations well and truly […]

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    No doubt, it wouldn’t be politically correct these days-
    to label a trio of black players as ‘The Three Degrees’.
    But, you’ve got to remember, we loved those guys-
    we’d have moved mountains, crossed oceans, felled […]

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    Tony arrived at The Hawthorns looking rather stern and tough
    Still, despite our reservations, got us playing lovely stuff.
    Promoted to the Promised Land, with a hundred goals to boot!
    Our very own Pied Piper, we […]

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    Two points away from our fourth promotion in eight years-
    get ready for more celebrations, mixed with joyful tears!

    But what will next season bring? More of the same?
    A catalogue of brave defeats? The […]

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