• If you see something that doesn’t look right, City in peachy orange, an improbable sight, West Bromwich Albion in shorts of canary, Teams wearing candy-stripes (colours may vary) Turquoise or Biscuit or Aquamarine (Oh, the hideous away strips I’ve seen!), PLEASE Speak to staff and denounce the crime: Those new fashionistas are making a dime […]
  • As a child I drew crowds; row upon row, fifteen thousand little circles for the fans, some high in the stands, some arrayed on the Shelf cradled by that tight encircling wall (I’m capturing White Hart Lane at the start of the Hunter Davies years) the groundlings penned behind a white perimeter fence, watching Bobby […]
  • 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 singing mouth, each face, each half-remembered prayer The lion-clad jersey and the hammering heart. They have played […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 jump On a pitch that’s a mess (Like that teacher in “Kes”) 1970s The […]