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John J O'Connor

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    “ Can you imagine how nervous Lagos Aspas must feel?”
    Cried the commentator
    “It must be impossible to feel more nervous
    If he misses they’re out.”

    “Look how nervous those Argentinian fans are.”
    Cri […]

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    Germans retreating from Russia
    Without a tank or a snowflake in sight
    Put out by the feisty Koreans
    Who put up a way better fight

    It wasn’t their first time in Russia
    Nor the first time they’ve gone unp […]

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    Panama punished with six of the best
    Didn’t do their homework and failed on their test
    Three of those strikes came from the Kane
    But hats off to Panama
    they played through the pain
    Two more strikes
    from t […]

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    In a little Yorkshire village that Maggie helped destroy
    A Grandfather meets his Grandson who’s no more a little boy
    The Grand-son’s a millennial, born the year of ninety five
    And his grand-dad’s nearly n […]

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    They call him the Greaves of the Orient
    He comes from somewhere in Korea
    And in defenders in England and Europe
    He’s starting to instill mighty fear.

    He won’t get the accolades of others
    Like Deme Alle or E […]

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    “What’s your name lad?”
    “Watt”
    “What?”
    “Yes Watt”
    “What did you say?”
    “Watt”
    “Off you go lad – you don’t ‘What’ me
    I’m a no nonsense referee.”
    The coach came on, said “you’re ‘aving a larf
    why you sendi […]

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    They said I lost the room
    Where all the players dressed
    Thanked me for all my efforts
    And wished me all the best
    My replacement then appeared
    Just minutes after my sacking
    Only two days after the Board
    Had […]

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    July the first, the year of Sixteen
    a day of death and terror,
    a generation lost by brekky
    cos tacticians made an error.
    Pep talk from the Captain
    who’s from the playing fields of Eton
    he drills into his players […]

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    In the middle of heated football conversations dad would butt in.
    “Now that fella Best is a great fella,” he’d say with authority.
    Knew nowt ‘bout football did dad.

    Where he was from football was frowned upon.
    T […]

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    He was born in 1899, Bert Hislop was his name
    and from the time he kicked a ball he was a natural for the game.
    From a tiny Yorkshire village where the men worked down the pit
    his father told him you won’t breathe […]

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    Mexico 1970

    England the reigning champions, despite losing to Brazil,
    Had reached the quarter finals and now had time to kill.

    Sir Alf Ramsay got the squad together and gave them all a lecture
    “I don’t exp […]

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    Ryan Giggs is all the rage
    “Remember he’s forty years of age.”
    To many Giggsy’s still the king
    At forty he still rules the wing
    Commentators drooling about his pace
    “he got to forty with poise and grace.”
    A […]

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    “ Excuse us Mr Finney,
    we know later, you have a game,
    but the outside toilet got blocked last night,
    and there’s a problem with the drain.”

    “I’ll make my way right over,”
    said the great man from North End, […]

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    He was born in 1899, Bert Hislop was his name,
    and from the time he kicked a ball,
    he was a natural for the game.

    From a tiny Yorkshire village,
    where the men worked down the pit,
    his father told him, you won’t […]

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    I’ve been kicked outside in all kinds of weather
    “Don’t worry about her, she has skin that’s like leather.”
    I’ve been kicked with in-steps, side- foots, and back heels
    none of you know just how bad it feels.

    T […]

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    I returned up north of the border,
    to end up my football career
    then like many a player of that era,
    I became a publican serving up beer.

    Nows many a night up in Scotland,
    when the door of the pub I will […]

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    He’s called the Camberwell Carrot or the Ginger Zidane
    now in the small town of Wigan, Ben Watson’s the man.

    Coming on as a late sub, to try play his part
    he planted a header past City’s Joe Hart

    A defeat for […]

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    On any other Given night,
    It would’ve been six to none
    But the Russians hadn’t figured
    On Shay and Richard Dunne

    The Red machine came ploughing through,
    As if they had a Given right,
    But big Richard Dunne was […]

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