Red Carding Racism At Everton & Chelsea and Kicking Around With Roy Bentley


(For UK Workshops contact Crispin Thomas-The Football Poets – 01453 757376 crispin@ctmuk.freeserve.co.uk

To contact the Football Poets contact – editors@footballpoets.org


Feb Message from Crispin…
Hi…first some 2005 personal thoughts on racism in football and beyond,.after another semi-meaningless England friendly game,but this time with teams all proclaiming their support in messages (on shirts and wrists ) for the anti-racism campaign. A great but much misconceived campaign pioneered extensively, in this country , in the work of Show Racism The Red Card,Kick It Out and Football Unites Racism Divides .A campaign that also in spite of the work of these organisations,the Ferdrinands, the Henrys( and even Nike!) .some people including top players, might have us believe has seen racism disappear almost completely from the game- WRONG! Racism still exists at all levels.

Sadly, racism ,abuse and attitude is still very much alive, in football and everywhere.So anyways having got that off my chest.
I just wanted to underline and clarify for any doubters out there, that this is not just some token PR gesture/exercise for us (doing football poetry workshops about racIsm etc) we just want to try to help inform and celebrate the multi-cultural-ness of our society today, however many barriers.To that end the last few workshops I’ve been invited to run ,both at Chelsea and Everton, have been amazing xperiences.We’re talking predominantly 8-10 year old school-chilfren here. So I am temporarliy giving this column over to the kids efforts and words really!Do take the time to read them I hope to do more stuff too with Ell-Jay a great live performer and black poet who I met up with at one of ther sessions in London.

So the first poems are anti-racist poems from children at Everton .The second lot are from Chelsea where we (Rosemary & I) ran at Stamford Bridge…in four sessions a day with 700 children+ Roy Bentley(now 80″ .The third lot are from the Christmas party at Chelsea (Dec 21) and Black History Month for Chelsea again… (Oct 04!)……keep it real..but keep it fooball..poetry that is! Crispin…

POEMS from St HUGH’S CATHOLIC Primary School, Liverpool.


My world is different yes it’s true

You are a colour and I’m one too

Why do people shout and fight?

Only because it’s not right

Racism must be stopped

If its not we’ll all be lost

Don’t be mean or act all hard

Because we’re trying to show racism the red card.

Aaliyah McGuinness – St Hughs’


Racism is so not cool

At the ground or at your school

Colour doesn’t mean anything

If you’re poor or covered in bling

Stop racism today –

Make it happen today.

Aimen Maksoud and Jamie McLoughlin – St Hughs’,Liverpool


My world is like a football game,

You may be different but we’re all the same,

Why do people die and cry?

Over colour tell me why?

Racism is quite sad,

I feel that it is really bad

Don’t call people black or white.

Amina Abdullah – St Hughs’,Liverpool


Football is a game we play

Scoring goals everyday

Some people say things that are bad

It makes me really sad

On the pitch they kick and run

When most of us want to have fun.

Jessica Kunz – St Hughs’,Liverpool


Racism’s not welcome here

At your school or anywhere

‘Cause we are so very cool

In this place in Liverpool

Some people come from different lands

Make this WHOLE WORLD understand!

Linda Kunz & Julie Kavanagh – St Hughs’,Liverpool


scared and frightened

How would you feel if other people bullied you

whether you are black or white

Racism is not the solution

as you see they will never win

can we show racism the door?

It’s time for us to say no more

Some people need to learn more

about what racism can do –

today we will find out how Every one is different

red black or blue

yet everyone is the same

don’t be a fool – cant you see

all of us hate Racism

don’t give in

By Khwezi Newanyana and Anne Murphy – St Hughs’,Liverpool


Marcus Bent Djibril Cisse Xabi Alonso Tim Cahill

They’re all the same

No more racism

If you do it It’s a shame

Please don’t do it

You’ll get fame

You do the crime

You do the time

You pay the fine

Rio Ferdinand Louis Saha Nicky Butt Ray Parlour

Scoring goals is what you do

Spitting and swearing is not popular

Don’t be in it for the money

Racism is so not funny

By Perry Donnelly – St Hughs’,Liverpool


Ashley Cole is young and good

The game he plays is so much fun

Calling names is not his style

All racism is so vile

Being black is so cool

Calling names makes you a fool

Because racism is not the rule

Poppy Hale -St Hughs’,St Hughs’,Liverpool




Liverpool are my favourite team

When they score they make me scream

So let’s kick this racism out

Because it’ not what football’s about

Aimee Louise Rainey – St Vincent de Paul- Liverpool


Black and white is not a bad thing

Screaming is the worst thing

It is like a sting

Let’s all clap and be happy

Let’s have fun and have no anger

Because happiness is the only answer

Zacharius Green – St Vincent de Paul


The first time I went to a game

It was great because Liverpool were playing

Kick racism into touch

Cos we don’t like it very much!

Alice – St Vincent de Paul- Liverpool









NATALIE O’BRIEN.-St Vincent de Paul- Liverpool


Let’s educate and eliminate,

Don’t tease black and white ‘cause

It’s not right.

We don’t want tears we would rather have cheers.

Remember this is a game, and everyone is the same!

If we play our part, and take this to heart…


Ria Marnell, Elle Rice + Denise Lin – St Vincent de Paul-Liverpool


with Crispin Thomas & Rosemary Dun (Football Poets)


2005 is the Centenary Year for Chelsea Football Club. It is also 50 years since their legendary captain Roy Bentley led the team to
their first ever championship title in 1954/55 , a feat that certainly looks like finally being repeated this season.With the help of Peter Daniels at Westminster CC and Micheal Cole at Chelsea Football Club (Football In The Community),the football poets Crispin Thomas and Rosemary Dun joined Roy Bentley to run workshops with school-children from 15 schools at Stamford Bridge all week.

Roy,now 80 but spritely as ever, shared some great football memories and anecdotes on his life ,myself and Rosemary then
worked with the pupils ,enabling each class to write their own football poems about Roy’s life.We had a fantastic 4 days seeing a total of between 350-400 kids who were bemused,and then enthused, by the spectacle and sound which is football poetry.
SKY TV caught a flavour of ‘footie- poetry’ when they featured us dancing and rapping with Roy on ‘Soccer Saturday’ on SKY TV .

It was a great priviledge to work with ‘Gently Bentley’ and the kids in such a setting .You can read all the poems here below following this message….Rosemary & I also wrote a couple of poems especially .My poem Well Done Roy,along with ‘In The Changing Room’,(which we visited before the big game) .appears at the end of all the kids poems featured here…along with Rosemary’s great
‘Down The Park’ poem which we performed with Roy every day!
Stamford Bridge.London (In Day Order..ok !)

1 CHELSEA FC NOW & THEN St Vincent de Paul 18.01.05
2 HERO NOT ZERO St James & St Michael’s 18.01.05
3 ROY BENTLEY (Acrostic) St James & St Michael’s 18.01.05
4 CHELSEA TIMES St Gabriel’s 18.01.05
5 ROY BENTLEY (Acrostic) St Gabriel’s 18.01.05
6 GENTLY BENTLEY RAP St Peter’s Eaton Square 18.01.05
7 FOOTBALL YEARS ..Essendine 19.01.05
8 FOOTBALL DAYS ….Essendine 19.01.05
9 FOOTBALL LIFESTYLE…St Peter’s (H & F) 19.01.05
10 GENTLY BENTLEY …St Peter’s (H & F) 19.01.05
11 FOOTBALL NOW & THEN.St Matthew’s 19.01.05
12 FOOTBALL THEN & NOW.St Matthew’s 19.01.05
13 ON & OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD Millbank 19.01.05
14 BACK IN THE OLDEN DAYS Millbank 19.01.05
15 ROY DOES IT ALL! Barrow Hill 20.01.05
16 CHELSEA’S SOUL Barrow Hill 20.01.05
17 LOVING YOUR JOB WILL KEEP ‘U’ ALIVE Burdett Coutts 20.01.
18 DAYS OF OUR LIVES Wilberforce 20.01.05
19 ROY’S DIARY Edward Wilson 20.01.05
20 ROY’S FOOTBALL WORLD Edward Wilson 20.01.05
21 FOOTBALL LIFE NOW & THEN St Augustine’s 21.01.05
22 KING ROY! Paddington Green 21.01.05
23 ROY-ROY HE’S THE BEST! St Mary’s Bryanston Sq 21.01.05

1. CHELSEA FC NOW & THEN – St Vincent de Paul

win lose draw or score
taking goal-kicks from the floor
Bentley then now it’s Lampard
players today are mainly pampered
the difference between old and new
whether you’re red or whether you’re blue

turf has changed from time to time
it’s only a goal if it crosses the line
then as now the dream is Wembley
whether you’re Henri or whether you’re Bentley
from playing to the changing room
then as now still ‘va-va-voom’
old stadia new stadia all the same
football is the beautiful game
and whether you volley or whether you shoot
it’s better done with nice clean boots

we are the famous C.F.C
we are going to win the league
just the same as our friend Roy
play your football for the joy!

@St Vincent de Paul – 18.01.05
2 ROY BENTLEY (Acrostic) – St Vincent de Paul

Right at the start of World War Two
Our Roy swapped his boots to help out the zoo
Yes he is a football star
But first he had to go to war
Even though he had skill and style
Never had a fancy mobile
Times have moved on since that day
Lives have changed in so many ways
Everyone loves to watch him play
You wonder what he’d do today?

@St James & St Michael’s 18.01.05
3 HERO NOT A ZERO – St James & St Michael’s

Chelsea FC are the champs
Roy is our hero
once the captain of our club
never a zero!

he’s such a hot-shot footballer
he’s practically a pistol
played football since he was seven
then he signed to Bristol

he kicked the ball against the wall
and in the net with passion
you can count on him for a safe bet
‘cause that’s the Chelsea fashion

@St James & St Michael’s 18.01.05
4 ROY BENTLEY (Acrostic) – St Gabriel’s

Royal Blue was the colour you wore
Official striker who would always score
Yesterday your honour was shining
But even today we need no reminding
Ending your playing might be rough
Never mind Roy you’re still as tough
Times might change but you’re still here
Loyal throughout your Chelsea career
Everybody remembers you
You played with spirit through and through.

@St Gabriel’s – 18.01.05
5 CHELSEA TIMES – St Gabriel’s

in the days of ‘Gently Bentley’
Roy led his players on the pitch
where the ball all heavy and muddy
knocked poor Roy out for a six

he’s a great model
and has lots of skill
he does it on pure talent
no need for drugs or pills

Chelsea the almighty ‘Blues’
better even than Pelé
we have never seen them lose
and they’re good on ‘telly’

in Roy’s day ‘W-M’
now it’s 4-4-2
they have never let us down
nor the colour blue

even though things have changed
they’re better on the whole
why was record sprinter Wharton
left to stand in goal?

@St Gabriel’s – 18.01.05
6. GENTLY BENTLEY RAP – St Peter’s,Eaton Square

whatever happened to the Beautiful Game?
are Man United then to blame?
in the days of Gently Bentley
was the game then much more friendly?
we’re talking ’ bout then then then
we’re talking ’ bout then then then

when they didn’t have a cup
when they didn’t earn that much
was the game more friendly when
boots were hard were they more men?
when boots were hard hard hard
they had no yellow card card card

nowadays players earn much more
they think they don’t have to obey the law
is it right that they all score?
instead of girls girls girls
we’re talking bout girls girls girls

now and then Chelsea might win
even though they’re covered in bling
football today is bling bling bling
that’s not Roy Bentley’s thing thing thing
‘cause he’s the champ and he’s Chelsea’s King king king
we’re talking ’ bout the king king king

@St Peter’s,Eaton Square – 18.01.05

played about four hundred games
Gently Bentley was his name
lucky Roy left school at fourteen
played for both the Bristol teams
when it was raining the ball got muddy
Roy cut his eye which then was bloody
went to hospital to mend his head
there they put poor Roy to bed
once he fed circus animals by hand
they were in Bristol Rovers ground
though now eighty Roy’s still healthy
footballers today are wealthy
it’s expensive to watch your teram play
better be a footballer – then you don’t have to pay!

@Essendine – 19.01.05

8. FOOTBALL DAYS -Essendine

feeding the animals when he’d just begun
shooting scoring so much fun
would I be brave to head the ball
be brave be brave don’t lose control
heavy boots to kick a ball
dribbling tackling and that’s not all
Stamford Bridge is the heart of town
Gently Bentley’s still hanging around
grey day don’t matter Roy will win
it’s a new day let the game begin.

@Essendine – 19.01.05
9. FOOTBALL LIFESTYLE – St Peter’s (H & F)

Roy at eighty he’s well fit
doesn’t now own a football kit
way back then they had no cup
playing football in the muck
made the ball very hard
hurt his head yet he’s not scarred
in a team since he was seven
all the others were eleven

it was fifty years ago
Chelsea won even though
they played the winning game away
that really made the Chelsea fans day

kick it up against a wall
football makes people cool

@St Peter’s (H & F) – 19.01.05
10 GENTLY BENTLEY -St Peter’s (H & F)

at the time of Roy Bentley
he kicked the ball but not too gently
he started playing when he was seven
the rest of the team were all eleven
it wasn’t all that hard to train
he was always running in the rain
Bristol Rovers saw him play
and asked him for a trial that day
he hurt himself by heading a ball
and ended up in a hospital
such a difference now and then
we’re never going back again
playing at Chelsea’s football ground
he came far since his first pound
the Chelsea players are the best
they can easily beat the rest
he passed evry football test
they remember Bentley’s vest
when Roy scored they roared like mad
the other team were really sad
scoring goals all day long
we know Chelsea never go wrong!

@St Peter’s (H & F) – 19.01.05


Roy playedfootball in the war
Marbles in bottles hard footballs
Sometimes good sometimes bad
Roy played footie as a lad
With two drunks he climbed the wall
Most days he didn’t pay at all
A hundred thousand stood in the Shed
When Moscow came they had a big head
The Dynamos did new football tapping
As the crowd carried on clapping
Today they’d all be rapping along
Back then they had chants and songs

@St Mathews

If Roy was playing for Chelsea again
he wouldn’t have to wear heavy boots like then
back in those days it wasn’t too funny
playing football for not much money
in those days the balls were hard
no such thing as a yellow card
so many people stood in the crowd
now it’s seats but it’s still as loud
advertsing boards and a megastore
now it’s better than before

@St Mathews
13 ON AND OFF THE FIELD – Millbank

On the field like David Beckham
off the pitch he’s a gentleman
It was fifty years ago
Chelsea won the league Roy scored the goal
Players today get 90 K
back then eight quid was his pay
Tell yourself that you’re the best
Just don’t go telling anyone else
If you’re number one it’s still a team game
If you’re not it’s a crying shame



way way back in the olden days
he was a real celebrity
the game has changed in so many ways
the name of the man is Roy Bentley

the ‘Denis The Menace’ of his time
although he’s older he still shines
he played in front of mighty crowds
thank you Roy you made us proud

15 ROY DOES IT ALL – Barrow Hill

Roy had a choice
he could have done them all
cricket boxing
or football

England v Scotland
two hundred thousand in the crowd
so many there
all cheering loud

you’ve got to love it
scoring a goal
helps to keep Chelsea
on a roll

Roy didn’t like
not being picked
lived to be out there
in his football kit

from feeding giraffes
on the football ground
you can feel the atmosphere
buzzing all around

pick the team
you love the best
Chelsea’s better
than all the rest

@Barrow Hill
16 CHELSEA’S SOUL – Barrow Hill

players now players then
now they have more money to spend
old boots here new boots there
heading the ball was sometimes a fear

two hundred thousand in the crowd
all of them shouting very loud
sit or stand to watch them play
now it’s on nearly every day

tv cameras radio too
such a modern hullaballoo
Roy scored the final goal
showing the spirit of Cheleaa’s soul

@Barrow Hill
17.DAYS OF OUR LIVES – Wilberforce

Roy Bentley’s got control
he scored a hundred and forty eight goals
he was sixteen when he left school
the best in the west- and he never wore a vest -as a rule!

everybody called him ‘Gently Bentley’
he never dived to get a penalty
he realised school was cool
told them not to act the fool

the crowd so loud they made him proud
if only girls could be allowed
in fifty-five Chelsea came alive
when the Championship finally arrived

18. ROY’S DIARY – Edward Wilson (A)

way back then Roy got eight pounds a week
not a lot for football feet
a hundred K today-can they handle all that pay?
the love not the money was why Roy played

in those days you didn’t hold the cup
glory playing for the Chelsea club
he’s played footie since nineteen thirty eight
he’s the captain Bentley loyal and great

@Edward Wilson (A)

19.ROY’S FOOTBALL WORLD – Edward Wilson (N)

Roy Bentley the best in the West
Always wearing a Chelsea vest
in those days it was even less money
and feeding giraffes was very funny

standing sitting in the crowd
they were always shouting loud
peiople cheering in the stand
but no trophy in their hands

he was only seven years old
when he scored his very first goal
now he’s older he’s still a fan
tellig stories we understand

@Edward Wilson (N)
———————————————————————————-20. LOVING YOUR JOB WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE -Burdett Coutts

Run like a rabbit that’s what he said
Ovaltine before you go to bed
Yesterday he was fit and strong
But Roy can still kick all day long
Even though he’s nearly eighty-one
No-one will forget what he’s done
Top of the league in fifty-five
Loving your job will keep you alive
Everywhere and everyone
You can still be number one

@Burdett Coutts
21 FOOTBALL LIFE NOW AND THEN (Sonnet)St Augustine’s

he started playing when he was fourteen
he fed the giraffes and he got into the team
he went on the pitch and it felt like a dream
he scored a goal and they shouted Bent-ley!

hundreds and thousands they watched him play
he was speechless didn’t know what to say
he captained Chelsea and they won the league
looking back now Roy’s so pleased

he started off on eight pounds a week
half the wages of a ‘bobby’ on the beat
fifty years on will they do it again
with the help of Lampard Drogba and Roben?

will Roy be there to witness it all
when John Terry kicks the final ball?

St Augustine’s

22.KING ROY -Paddington Green

Gently Bentley is the man
no-one can do what Bentley can
he uses his boot to shoot and shoot
the crowds would always hoot and hoot
eight pounds a week wasn’t nearly enough
and thousands of pounds is just to much
bend it like Roy and send it like Beckham
he can kick a ball as far as Peckham
Roy is nearly eighty-one
he’s never lost the magic and he’s still the the one
he never ever got into a fight
he knew the difference betwen wrong and right
his foot’s like a magnet to the ball
he’s stil the best one of them all

@Paddington Green

23 ROY ROY HE’S THE BEST – St Mary’s

Roy Roy he’s the best
he came to Chelsea and he made a nest
he came from the west and he showed interest
when he kicked a ball he gave it his all

he was the captain of the team
and playing football was his dream
the crowds went wild and started to scream
he shot his first goal and he gave it his soul

the goals he scored were a hundred and forty nine
he put on his boots and he started to shine
and maybe we’ll do the same sometime

hip-hip hooray his name is Roy
and he’s given everyone so much joy

@St Mary’s

PHEW! – Editor!!!!

by Crispin & Rosemary…

1.IN THE CHANGING ROOM by Crispin Thomas
2.DOWN THE PARK (Kicking It!) by Rosemary Dun
3.WELL DONE ROY by Crispin Thomas

1.IN THE CHANGING ROOM by Crispin Thomas

this is the place where the pounding will begin
the space where the head and the heart start to spin
can you just imagine what’s going on within
in the changing room

here on the eve of a mighty mighty game
energy is soaring now pouring down like rain
building up pumping up it’s always the same
in the changing room

squad shirts gleaming lined up on the wall
massage tables ice buckets waiting for the call
i’d love to be invisible a fly upon the wall
in the changing room

these are the moments where there’s no going back
last minute changes to strengthen the attack
passion and commitment is something you can’t lack
in the changing room

out there the atmosphere is reaching to the sky
deep breaths and focusing no matter how you try
clock on the wall shows the seconds ticking by
in the changing room

adrenalin the will to win anticipation
stay bold and up-hold your reputation
camp mood is shifting now lifting expectation
in the changing room

ref calls the captains to brief them on the plan
take heed or he’ll be as ruthless as he can
the message to the players is to take it like a man
in the changing room

seemed so long now its finally here
quarter to three now the moment’s drawing near
tunnel lies waiting for the brave to appear
from the changing room

manager’s last words on holding your position
crocodile of tight smiles eyes the opposition
some touch club signs call it superstition
in the changing room

later when it’s over and the game’s long gone
soaking up the after-glow the feelings coming on
sheer delight or putting right the places you went wrong
in the changing room

ground all empty now crowd’s heading home
still around winding down sitting on your own
so strange this game it’s all I’ve ever known
in the changing room

@Crispin Thomas Jan 21 2005.Stamford Bridge


DOWN THE PARK (Kicking It!) by Rosemary Dun

Kicking it up against the wall

Kicking it up against the wall

Pass the ball games in our street

Knock out ginger, time for tea.

Running madly after dark

Playing football in the park.

Kicking it up against the wall

Kicking it up against the wall

Mind your manners, thank you, please,

Charge about with scabby knees

When I’m big I’ll own a car

Swerve and score like Bobby Moore.

Kicking it up against the wall

Kicking it up against the wall

Touch, you’re it, can’t catch me

British bulldog, climbing trees

Be a Man. U. football star

Wanna be a footballer.

Kicking it up against a wall

Kicking it up against a wall

On me ‘ead, quick pass to me

You’re a rubbish referee

Coats for goalposts it’s a lark

Playing football in the park.

Kicking it up against a wall

Kicking it up against a wall.

@Rosemary Dun © 2005


WELL DONE ROY! by Crispin Thomas

born into a different world – the Spring of twenty four

you were barely starting on the path

but down at Bristol Rovers at the outbreak of the war

you ended up just nursing the giraffe! **

but destiny was waiting as they flocked to Stamford Bridge

the day that Moscow Dynamo hit town

you were locked out with the crowd but like many on that day

you found your way inside that heaving ground ***

and barely three years later in the year of forty eight

you yourself were signing for the Blues

your talent so apparent you had passion style and skill

and a spirit born of nothing left to lose –

it was cloth caps and Bovril where forty thousand stood

upon that bank in fog and sleet and snow

it was long shorts and Brylcreem you got fifteen pounds a week

and the People’s Game had very far to go

from constant jokes in music halls you led us to such heights

among the mighty outfits of that age

the Wolves and Man Uniteds to the Arsenals and North Ends

you blazed your name and club upon the page –

from cartoon strips of ducklings – from ‘pensioners’ to champs

I recall the headlines still with glee

for on that day in April when they swarmed across the field

you stood up in that stand for all to see

and fifty years has passed now since that golden moment when

you led your team to win the league that day

your prowess as a captain is still etched in history

the spills the thrills the goals along the way-

those magic games for England with your heroes

but still you wore that royal blue with pride

and still you set examples for the future Chelsea babes

you’d always start in any all-time side –

and few would know the day you claimed that title

you’d set the wheels in motion like a toy

may the memories all be glad for there’s little more to add

except this simple thank you – well done Roy!

@Crispin Thomas Jan 2004

*at the outbreak of war, Bristol Zoo animals ,were cared for at Eastville(home of Bristol Rovers) and a young Roy Bentley was put in charge of the giraffe!

**Not yet a Chelsea player- Roy bunked in with thousands to an olready crammed stadium.

What Is The Price Of Racism (£420?)-Crispin Thomas
2 Kicking It Out With The Football Poets In London
(summary of recent Education Work at Chelsea FC Oct & Dec 04 )

1,What Is The Price Of Racism (£420?)

what is the price of racism
and what price for this monkey sound
what worthy fine for this act at this time
just give or take four hundred pounds

and what message now are they sending
when will they open their eyes
when will we ALL kick this hate to the wall
and when will we ALL realise

for this is no mere “misdemeanour”
this is no “minor” display
when a ref has to choose to stop games for abuse
to plead calm from some distant PA

they say when you take one step forward
you can also take two more steps back
and in some parts it’s true – if you’re red white or blue
it’s ok – but it’s not if you’re black

we can all give and take criticism
we don’t like it but some times it’s true
but if we’re to evolve – it’s a problem to solve
so what else in this world can we do?

it’s the lowest of lowest behaviours
and in silence we all play a hand
but together we’re strong- we must stand and go on
til we banish this hate from each land

@Crispin January 05

Author’s Note..
Welcome to Racism in Football in 2005. Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid . Reak were fined the equivalent of £420 for their fans outrageous behaviour in the Bernabeau Stadium.This was the amount deemed appropriate for the “minor misdemeanour” levied by the Spanish FA for the horrendous racial abuse from Atletico Madrid fans aimed primarily at Roberto Carlos during thet game . Real Madrid. At one point, ref Perez Burrell, stopped the game and had an announcement made over the PA asking the fans – “to stop imitatiing the sound a monkey makes when certain players were on the ball” . For more info, go to :


www.kickitout.org & www.srtrc.org

Kicking It Out With The Football Poets In London +
Summary of recent Education Work at Chelsea FC Oct & Dec 04



If Arthur was alive
He would’ve loved it
He’d have loved every bit

He didn’t get a chance
When the England players were chosen THEN
He didn’t get a glance

It’s the World Cup 2002
England opener against Sweden

The first time ever, we saw this sight,
There were six players black and five players white.

First there’s Rio
King of the trio

Then come Dyer
As fast as fire
We all love Cole
Who makes the goals

The striker Heskey
Comes to the recue

In the centre Sinclair
Every game he’s there.

But when we got the goal
It was down to Sol

Arthur would have been so proud
Would love to be sitting in the crowd.

-Rayhan Uddin, St. Augustines


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‘Making a Difference’ Review by PETER DANIELS

As part of the Chelsea FC Education though Football programme, children from 17 Westminster Primary schools have been looking at the lives of two black footballers during ‘Kick it Out’ week. Westminster Archives Education Officer, Peter Daniel ran sessions in all of the schools on two players, Arthur Wharton and Paul Canoville. Arthur was the first black footballer in Britain, but first became famous when he set a new world record for the 100 yard dash at Stamford Bridge in 1886. This was nearly 20 years before football came to the ground in 1905. The children were then taken forward nearly a hundred years to the 12th April 1982 to hear the story of Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville and his debut at Crystal Palace. Both players faced quite shocking prejudice and discrimination but in the way they triumphed over adversity they helped to ‘make a difference’ for every black player that followed them.

To celebrate Arthur and Paul’s lives, children were given the chance to come to Pimlico Library on Saturday 9th October and Paddington Children’s Library on the 16th October and given the opportunity to work with the Football Poets. Crispin Thomas, Ted Smith-Orr and Elliott ‘EllJay’ Joseph. They helped to inspire the kids to write poetry and they then had a chance to sit down with artist Marysia Lachowicz to incorporate these words into ‘pop-art’ style posters featuring the images of the two players concerned. On 4th November one child from each school will be attending a poetry slam at the Cockpit Theatre, London NW8 so that we can find Chelsea’s champion poem from ‘Kick it Out’ week.


(Edgware Rd,Paddington & Pimlico)

EDGWARE RD Church St Library-Tues Oct 19th
North Westminster Community School.

First up my personal faves of the Edgware Rd Football Poetry Kick It Out/Making A Difference session..easily the toughest session .. 35 kids- small room..noise levels at football stadium proportions…interesting for a library! (.probably not helped by my introducing the casio- rap vibe! ..but it raised the energy levels and a few teachers eyes!) The first ones are by students who not only produced spontaneous raps, but also had the nerve to got up and read them with gusto in front of their mates..not easy with street-cred and goody-goody quips like “Wannabee” rife! Check out some of their unusual street-term rhymes, phrases and words.i’m now enlightened..on ‘macks’ and ‘mini-coops’!.


His name is Pele
He was strong
With his play
He proved them wrong
They threw bananas and other fruits
But they couldn’t riuin his mini-coop!

What he had – they couldn’t take
His heart – his soul just would not break

Everyone hated him because he was black
But he never believed in being a ‘mack’

Adham Mohammed -9M4 NWC School


Every Single Day – Paul Canoville

Paul Canoville
Could’ve been very ill
By horrible racist comments
He couldn’t even find a place to rent.
Being foulded all over the pitch
Just because of his black race –
The Chelsea manager would hardly let him play
But Paul stood his ground every single day
Throwing bananas at Paul Canoville
He could’ve been very ill

Kofi 7MS MWC



Wake up wake up – I hear your name
Racism is not allowed in our game
In come the players all white and bold
Giving it al’ that’s what i’ve been told
Hate is not hte answer – only love can conquer all
Tell me how to change things – and i will make the call..

Arman/MS Jackson Brown


one two is my name
and i don’t give no shame
my name’s Henry
and I play my game

some people say
that i lead the way
i’m a role model
for black people today

Mickey 7MS NWC School
SOL -Rap

Sol Campbell has got a great head
He’s the best defender – everybody said
He defends the players from the other team
The fans chant racism they’re so mean –

When he has the ball he clears it away
The fans go mad they’ve got loads to say
Although they are racist Sol don’t care
Portugal cheated in the Euros but we are fair!

Kelly –

Couldn’t play any better
Had to keep going
Even in bad weather
Laugh at the people who try tot put them down
Say back to them “No racism in this town”
Everyday we play again
And then we try and win win win!

Mohammed 9 MI NWC School

Edgar David-Acrostic

Everyone hates me because I’m black
Don’t you dare cuss me
Go quickly before you get beat
Anyway I’m the best
Ronaldo always thinks he’s better
Do you really wanna be a champion
Alwayspeople boo at me
Victory is my aim
I’m ther strongest in my team
David – David go for it!


HENRY – Acrostic

Henry plays for France and Arsenal
Everytime he plays he has the ball
Never loses it
Rooney can never defeat Henry not even
You can!

Hannah Walsh 7M5


CARLOS – Acrostic (Roberto)

Come and play
And we are just one
Respect football it is fun
Like music
Over and over again
Stars are playing

Aicha Gasmi

Henry -Acrostic

Henry tries his best
Even though people are booing
No-one likes Henry because he’s black
Running fast he scores

Jowana NWC


Jowana -Acrostic (On Playing Women’s Soccer)

Jowana’s the best
Owen tires to win it from me
Will you win the match?
An alien can’t even win it from me!
No-one likes me…but
A goal is shot by Jowana!

Jowana NWC


COLE- (Andy) Acrostic

Cole plays for England and Arsenal
On the pitch he’s a star
Loser the crowd yells
Even when he scores.

Baharak NWC


PADDINGTON Library Sat Oct 16 2004.

The King

Today you wear a golden crown on your head
BUT back in 1982 it was a banana skin,
Your family come from Jamaica
Red, yellow, green, blue, orange
Are the colours that represent you.
You got the “arm”
From your own loyal fans!?
But some Paul cheered you on!
You even got a goal now you’re a role model for the future
Now you’re our King!!

-Mayran Barrow Hill Primary School
The First Black Chelsea Player

The first black Chelsea player
And he was very good

A fast running striker
With a flair for scoring goals

But the fans, arms outstreched
The monkey chants and banana skin threats, but he didn’t care

And he became a hero
The True Blue Wonder

Out of Windrush
His family came from Jamaica

Shivering outside in the freezing cold
While they were looking for a room

Knocking on the doors and ringing the bells
But behind the big net curtains eyes of hate

The knew about no smoking and fog

-Riyadh Reiad
Barrow Hill Junior


Luther Blissett
Wow man
You couldn’t kiss it

He used to score goals for Watford
Then he played for England
And then he played abroad

Inter Milan signed him up
The San Siro became his stage
But shucks he never won a cup

One of the best footballers in England
When he retired
He joined an anarchist band

John Hughes Westminster Libraries!

And Now Some ‘Acrostics’ …

Paul Canoville – acrostic

Playing for Chelsea, being so brave,
At least you scored before your grave
Ugly fans as can be
Leaped from their seats and swore at me

Carrying a bag full of racist words
Always seeing ugly nerds
Never listening to the fans
Over the huge scrawny stands
Very confident on the pitch
Imaginative with football tricks
Leaving the racists right behind
Leading the way for mankind
Everyday now, we remember you – thank you Paul.

-Muhamed Ali, Hallfield Jur.


Hasselbank was my favourite player
A super footballer
Star what a
Striker too!
Each time he strikes the ball
Like a bullet it
Blasts out the back of the net
And Arsenal are five goals down
In floods of tears, Arsenal fans
Notice that their team are RUBBISH!
Knowing they’ve lost the premier league to CHELSEA!!!

-Bethany Hawke, Barrow Hill


PAUL – acrostic

Played for Chelsea on the 12th of April in 1982

A fast running striker with a flare for scoring spectacular goals

Used to get booed and people used to throw banana skins

Like noble trees in a rushing wind, he faced that choice to stand or bend

-Abdul Kasirifu, Queen’s Park Primary School


Paul Canoville, black and proud
Also hated by some of the crowd
Under pressure from the racist fans
Look at the evil raised hands

Chelsea champion, hero and super!
A brave and powerful blue and white trooper
Never given a chance to play for England
Oh what an incredible winger
Very speedy on the wind, he’s on a mission
In the game he was like a magician
Lanky and representative not a hater
Loyal, and not a traitor
End of my career, tomorrow I’m becoming a pensioner

-Petrit Kasobagi


Playing for winning the game
Always scoring for Chelsea
Using his power to show he is good
Leader of the big team

Could do anything to be a champion
A Chelsea cup hero for all the decent
Never gave up
Or back down to the racism.
Vile salutes through banana skin threats
Intelligent player.
Lonely sitting on the bench
Loved by other fans.
Every one will support the man in blue.

-Haya Aldlame, Hallfield School.


Played for Chelsea
Acknowledged by no one
Unmistakably good, yet never played
Lakes and seas of skill in his great boots

Could do anything, when on the ball
And scoring striker of nature
Never quited though
Oh be quiet you racist fans
Vile people
In the crowd
Lost in the screaming shouts of people
Lost in a lonely world
E-mazingly good

-Laith Cahill, Barrow Hill (10)


Arthur was born in Ghana
Really pressured so gave up and become an alcoholic
Talented athlete, set a new world record for 100yds in 10 seconds. His father was half Scottish and half Grenadian
Used to play as a goalie, but got taken out by Bill Fatty Foulke
Really hard for him to fit in.

-Arthur Kasirivu, Queen’s Park Primary School


PAUL – acrostic

People didn’t accept him
And at first didn’t give him a chance
Unexpected brilliance
Lead him to his fame

-Edie Connealy, Barrow Hill


Playing for Chelsea also brave
A hated player because he was black
Ugly fans as can be
Lethal with a ball

Canoville you’re
At least you silenced when you scored
Never been distracted by his colour
Or listened to them words but gave his all
Very talented
I believe
Lots of people wanted him to
Except me!!

-Danielle Hayman Boscio Hallfield School, Age 11


PELE – acrostic

Played like a superstar
Everyone remembers him
Leads from the front
Everyone’s dream team player, PELE

Ben Cornford, Barrowhill School

Paul Canoville- acrostic

Playing for the team
Always supporting others
United with spirit
Loving and caring

Courageous and true
Allowing others to score
Never letting people down
Other fans let him down
Very proud of what he’s done
Lively and energetic
Leading the team
Ever remembered Paul Canoville

-Ellesse Stewart, Age 11

Canoville- acrostic

Cant go on in this state
And really really hates this world
Never ever reject his colour
Or question his right to play for the club
Vile words in his head
It will never be forgotten
Look at the sieg heil salutes
Loving the old time in Jamaica
End of my career Chelsea pensioned me off.


-Cosmo Taylor, Edward Wilson school

Paul Canoville- acrostic

Playing for Chelsea, you didn’t mind
Although they were chanting with their racist minds
Ugly as can be
Losing your head in racist chants

Canoville, you took the racist glance
Attacked by words, you tried your best
Never listened to the racist rest
Oh racist people shut your mouths
Very confident everyday
Increasingly strong, by the way
Leading with clean thoughts
Everyone will remember you in these Chelsea shorts.

-Tarik Hassane, Halfield Junior School


Paul Canoville- acrostic

Played for Chelsea
Always a blue
Under Pressure against racist people
Left on the bench on the very first game

Chelsea Cup hero
A true blue wonder!
Now would you stand or bend
Other people threatening Paul
Vile salutes through banana skin
I and my color will stand up front
Lonely on the bench
Love to play.
Every time stand up for himself.

– Norbert Cozema, Essendine Primary age 10


PIMLICO Library Oct 9 2004.
Poems on the theme of the Role of Black Role Models In Football…

Arthur Wharton

First black man to play in Britain
Found it hard to try and fit in
Fastest man the world could know
Record sprinter but stuck in goal
Not good enough for England because he was black
But I think he’s the best and that’s a fact
He came from Ghana and here found fame
Buried, unmarked, no gravestone, no name.

Benji Marfo aged 10
St Gabriel’s School
The First Black Player for Chelsea

Your family came over on the Windrush
From the hot beautiful Jamaica
To the grim grey London
Knocking on doors trying to find somewhere to live
But all they found was
So unwelcome but they didn’t give up
But neither did you Paul

It’s the twelfth of April 1982
Your Chelsea debut
Warming up at Crystal Palace
Chelsea fans were screaming their malice
Making you feel unwelcome
But what could you do Paul?
Stand or Bend?
You stood firm Paul
You never gave up
You’re my hero Paul
You’re my role model

Nadine Charlemagne aged 10
Westminster Cathedral RC Primary
‘Didier Drogba’

He’s fast and furious
He’s the hitman for the blues
He’s a skillful player
Win or lose

He’s like a spider
Catch him if you can
Waiting to pounce
He’s a good packer man

He’s a giant in the air
He’s black and he’s proud
And when he scores
I scream out loud.

Jed Faulkner, 10, St Matthew’s Primary

Holland is his country
And Middlesborough is his club
Striker, strong and skillful
Stupendous super-sub
Long fast distance runner
Emirates flew him high
Blue was his team, but now he wears red
A single touch and then a goal
Nutmeg’s defenders on the way to the box
Knocks it over the keeper at the last tick of the clock

Connor Clark, 10, St Peter’s Eaton Square
William Gallas

World class player
I believe
Lots of pain
Lightning speed
International for fans
Always on defence
Much loved by Chelsea fans

Goalkeepers don’t have to move
Always strong and steady
London blues
Legend at Chelsea
Always stopping strikers
Stamford Bridge

James Rees, 10, St Matthew’s
Paul Canoville

Played for Chelsea
Always a blue
Unhappy, not wealthy
Loved by a few

Could always play football
And played on the wing
Never was bad
And known as a king
Very sad because of bullies
Ignorant and racist, STOP!
Leave me alone, you cowards
Even know, I made it to the top.

Siphiwe Musumga, 10, St Matthew’s School
Paul Canoville
Paul’s family came from Jamaica and had a hard time too,
Just as Paul had on his debut
They came off the Windrush and looked for a room,
But there were signs saying, ‘No blacks, no Irish, no dogs.’
They could have given up just like you could have, Paul
But you were so brave
To stick up for the blues.
You did it in spite of the chants and the boos.

Elsie Gray and Clare Manning, 10, Westminster Cathedral School
Paul Canoville

Penalties will end the game
All blue men with make us proud
Unhappy and great
Lunge and shoot

Can always play a wonderful game
Alone, but good
Nothing will stop him from being a blue
Open and ready
Volley a goal to win the game
I and my colour will stand up front
Lonely on the subs bench at Crystal Palace
Lacking love by some and praised by others
Everyone will know he is a true blue.

Bobbie Wells, 10, St Matthew’s CE Primary
‘Thierry Henry’

Tricky, talented
He’s the best black player for me
It brought him pain
European Best Footballer of the Year
Runs at defenders
Ready for actions
Yes, he plays for Arsenal
He’s fast and skilled
Never stop fighting
You see him getting booed, but he’s the man for me.

Rianna Fergus, 8, St Peter’s Eaton Square

Chelsea player
Abused for playing football
Now he’s at the top
Of the league
Victim of colour
Ignorance from another
Little bit famous
Liked by a few
Everyone remembers Chelsea’s first black player.

Besart Zymberi, 10, Millbank

‘Paul Canoville’

I saw the salutes
By my own blue-shirted fans,
I saw their anger
Through their pointed hands
I thought that they liked me
But now I know they don’t support me
because of the colour of my skin
Now I’m going to fight for black people’s rights
from this day in
Because I’m a player, not because of my colour,
give me a chance and give me a cheer.

Isabel O’Callaghan, 10, St Matthews

‘Thiery Henry’

Thiery Henry, he’s gone so far
Everybody knows he’s a star
For Arsenal, he scores lots of hatrics (?)
In the game he does all the tricks.
It’s not nice being an alien;
All black footballers know it’s a pain.
All the horrible racists in the crowd
STOP NOW, ‘cause everybody knows
What goes around, comes around.
Thiery Henry doesn’t deserve to be abused,
He’s here to cheer, play football, and keep the crowds amused,
Voted European footballer of the year.

Jay, Pimlico
To Write to Crispin…..

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/news/2005/02/10/red-carding-racism-at-everton-chelsea-and-kicking-around-with-roy-bentley/