• It must have been 1965, We were having a lunchtime kick-about. ‘It’s Good News Week’ by Hedgehoppers’ Anonymous Was playing on someone’s transistor Just behind the goal nearest the school, Phil Vine was puffing out on the wing, And crossed hopefully towards the edge of the box, Where I had strayed, and where I stood, […]
  • Now I’m not sure if there’s a debate here About determinism and free will, Or whether there’s just some sort of reflection On 50 years spent going to the match, That LS Lowry feeling of being lost in a crowd, That loss of sense of self that meant strangers were friends And friends were never […]
  • I went searching for the soul of Forest Green, Wandering intuitively, ad hoc Inferentially, without any A priori knowledge or insight: It was a tabula rasa wander. Northfields Road smacked of enclosed fields (‘Its only bondage was the circling sky’), And Eighteenth century food riots, With Captain Swing riding over in Horsley, While dark satanic […]
  • Buddleia in broad gauge bloom down on Stroud station, Crazy golf flags out at the Brunel Goods Shed, As I lazily read the Stroud News on the train to London, Until I came across Rodda Thomas of Crown and Sceptre fame: ‘’ The whole game, in real time, kicking off at 3pm on Saturday, exactly […]
  • The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! Only, from the long line of spray Where […]