• I watched the first half live last night then I switched off for I guessed what would follow: lauded team of Albion, one down to an early, fluky goal a team unquenchable in the domestic league but up against a needling, durable, desperate bunch who’ve found their form in this one game back to their […]
  • I crossed over the road from the undertakers walked in through the park gate and there it was: my old pitch, bathed in beautiful sun still there still marked, still in obvious use And I remembered back to my very first game – you got me hand-me down footwear, aye, but just like “Billy’s Boots”, […]
  • “By which a strip of land became a hole in time” – Dúrs Grunbein The rec still holds the voices: I pick Petie I pick Paulie I pick Danno I pick Scanner….. Or is it just compartments of my beleaguered mind, echoing memories? As I stand where the goalpost used to be… rusted, but not […]
  • I know it must be winter For the fixtures are piling high Even though we’re lucky And the weather’s kinda dry I know I must be old now For I rarely get to the games And I’m also having trouble Remembering double-barrel names! I know I must be tired (so, so tired) For I fall […]
  • Tall and elegant of posture With a warm, endearing smile He’d materialize into the box In his own enduring style Everywhere he went As Hammer, Spur, Canary He was every fan’s favourite Ghosting past the unwary Sir Alf famously quoted “He’s Ten years ahead of his time” And in 1966 We gloriously caught him in […]