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Graham Salter

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    Here on a field of mother Russia
    The eleven men of England sing
    As the prying camera moves from man to man
    Slowly
    Like a military inspection.
    The crowd heaves, the band plays, and the camera probes
    Each […]

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 6 months, 1 week ago

    “beyond the gated community of stones”. Beautiful.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 6 months, 1 week ago

    Brilliant imagery. A great poem.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 6 months, 1 week ago

    A fine poem, much appreciated.

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    CHILDHOOD MEMORY
    The Euston to Blackpool line is swathed in fog,
    Early 1958, and the evening train is held at the signal.
    The halo of an approaching bicycle lamp looms through the mist.
    “A plane crash” say […]

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    CHILDHOOD MEMORY
    The Euston to Blackpool line is swathed in fog,
    Early 1958, and the evening train is held at the signal.
    The halo of an approaching bicycle lamp looms through the mist.
    “A plane crash” says the rider, and “It’s bad”.
    It appears in black and white photographs that night
    In the Lancashire Evening Post;
    Roger Byrne, the unassumin…[Read more]

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 10 months ago

    Brilliant.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    So evocative! Love it.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    Yes. We played footy in the street, and Peter Lorimer (not me) broke the window-pane at number twenty-eight. Kenneth Wolstenholme was particularly impressed, and Leeds meet Chelsea in the semi-final.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    A touching tribute to a quaint old ground, with its compact pitch and small white gable.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    The poetry of adversity. Flowers watered by our tears. Thanks for a great poem Kevin.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    A wonderful poem. Profound and heartfelt.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    Barry Hines’ story “A Kestrel for a Knave” was turned into a moving and powerful film. In one scene, the PE teacher (Brian Glover) intervenes in a muddy school game of football, takes the ball through, and […]

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    Kun Aguero’s way of celebrating was to pretend to have a “punch-up” with the corner-flag.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hull City manager Brown had kept his side on the pitch at half-time in order to berate them publicly. In a later match, against Manchester City, the Hull goal celebration was to re-enact the scene, with one of the […]

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    I had also thought of calling this “The Silence of the Fans.”

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    At the 1994 World Cup, Romario, Bebeto et al. pretended to rock a cradle, to celebrate a goal by Brazil.

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    When Juergen Klinsmann came to Spurs, he had a reputation as a “diver.” Seeing the funny side, he celebrated his first Spurs goal with a huge parodic “dive.”

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    Graham Salter commented on a poem on Football Poets 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hugo Sánchez amazed the crowd at the Mexico World Cup by celebrating a goal with a cartwheel.

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    1950s The Corinthian Casual approach
    A gentle trot
    Back to the centre spot
    In white and black
    With just a pat on the back

    1960s The Peter Osgood approach
    He gives a turn and a thump
    Then a punch and a […]

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