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Greg Freeman

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 3 weeks ago

    Never really knew my mother’s father.
    All I remember: tuft of nostril hair,
    spied from sitting on his knee; hoard
    of half-hidden threepenny pieces
    slipped into a sandpit outside the lido.

    In pictures he l […]

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    I’ve just received a wonderful late wedding anniversary present from my dear wife – ‘Stanley Bagshaw and the short-sighted football trainer’, written and illustrated by Bob Wilson (no, not THAT Bob Wilson. I don’t think so, anyway). All the Stanley Bagshaw books are in verse. I used to love reading another one of them to my kids a lifetime ago.…[Read more]

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    ‘Some people think that football
    is a matter of life and death …’

    I was a Chelsea supporter
    for 40 years before
    the Roman empire.

    Fan is short for fanatic.
    Empires fall. Football’s
    nowhere near
    as […]

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    Greg Freeman‘s profile was updated 4 months ago

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 4 months ago

    The early April afternoon was glorious.

    The daffs were out, I felt Wordsworthian.

    You’d come down from York to look

    at houses. We caroused that evening

    with old friends in the Railway Tavern – […]

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    I won’t mention the team. The reason?
    I’d like most readers to stick
    with this beyond the first lines.
    It isn’t which club, or even football,
    but about a father and daughter
    forming an unexpected, unbre […]

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    Greg Freeman posted an update 8 months ago

    Several of my football poems are included in my new full collection, Marples Must Go! https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/gregfreeman.html

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 9 months ago

    Impatient men and boys waited
    outside newsagents at six o’clock,
    for vans to deliver their bundles.
    News or Standard? Rival
    papers competed to produce
    Saturday night sports papers,
    all the football s […]

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 9 months ago

    The beckoning floodlights
    still work their magic,
    early October’s comforting chill,
    scarf snug round the neck.
    Blood pulses through arteries,
    moving as it should. Heart lifts
    with every step towards the s […]

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    It seems like a dream now:
    the 1-4 scoreline;
    Lampard’s goal that never was;
    watching the game with Carol Ann Duffy.

    She turned up amid the half-time gloom
    in the pub, asked if it was ok
    to sit near the T […]

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    My debut full collection Marples Must Go!, which includes some football poems posted here, is now available from publishers Dempsey & Windle https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/gregfreeman.html

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    Greg Freeman‘s profile was updated 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 1 year ago

    ‘The goalkeeper’s fear of the penalty’ –
    but shouldn’t a striker fear it
    so much more? The keeper isn’t
    expected to save; the forward
    is obliged to score. A penalty
    can help break the duck,
    if you’re […]

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    Greg Freeman posted an update 1 year ago

    Highly recommended! Brian Bilston’s ’50 Ways to Score a Goal and other football poems’ (Macmillan). An ideal accompaniment to the Euros that’s not just for kids. Here’s my review on Write Out Loud https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=115831

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    Greg Freeman‘s profile was updated 1 year ago

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    Greg Freeman published a poem on the site Football Poets 1 year ago

    As the boos rang out at the Riverside
    I remembered my team’s
    first black player
    coming on as sub in the 80s,
    the storm of hate from the Shed.

    The shock and anguish I felt,
    wondering if I could c […]

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    A winter’s day, a darkening sky. Warned

    by the ref midway through the first half

    for over-enthusiastic touchline coaching:

    I don’t know what you’re on, but I want some of it.

    Those games meant […]

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    Look at it not so much as a game
    of two halves – although it was that,
    too – but the result of fixture congestion.
    Pure and simple. Two crucial matches,
    far too close together. A great win up north,
    d […]

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    Greg Freeman commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    ‘Get stuck in’ … the same managerial advice we were offered as 3rd Tolworth Cubs, back in the day. And at half-time, the same refrain, slightly amended: ‘The trouble is, you’re not getting stuck in enough …’

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    Greg Freeman‘s profile was updated 1 year, 4 months ago

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