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Poetry Archives

This archive contains every poem that has been published on Football Poets. They are listed ten-per-page in reverse chronological order so the most recent poems appear first. Click or tap the arrows in the corners of the page to navigate between pages. It's easier to use the search form below to find a specific poem.

Champions win record ends

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

So ends the run of successive wins
24 for Klopp’s mean machine
Against the Clarets the Reds fall short
Since January twenty nineteen

Robertson opens with a header
Nick Pope in excellent form
Rodriguez swivels and fires home
Gudmundsson almost causing a storm

Klopp confronts Ref Coote at the end
With plenty brimstone and fire
Despite being a meaningless game
It’s a mark of the champions desire

11 07 20

number7
© emdad rahman

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Big Jack Charlton – 1935-2020

Hard nosed and rock solid stopper
Ashington lad who never give up
A rock beside Bobby Moore
When England won the World Cup

With the greatest Eire team of all
Euro 88, Italia 90
USA 94, Jack, the folk hero
Both sides of the Irish sea

With Leeds a one club man
League, FA Cup, a good craic
An entire career at Elland Road
Goodbye, farewell big Jack

11 07 20

number7
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Big Jack’s Gone – Jack Charlton RIP

football through and through

‘Big Jack’ towered over all

hard man leader boss

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Seagulls host thirtieth win

Brighton 1-3 Liverpool

Risky when you don’t change
When Liverpool press high
Ball lost on the edge of the box
Watch Mo Salah apply

He’ll stick to his principles
Graham Potter won’t quit
Sweet right foot rocket
Hendo in the eight minute

For Trossard’s neat finish
No one could complain
Salah’s near post header
Stamps thirty wins this campaign

08 07 20

number7
© emdad rahman

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Dagenham & Redbridge FC Food Hub

Sir Geoff Hurst once told me
When I was not much younger
Football can more than do it’s bit
To help beat widespread hunger

At Dagenham & Redbridge FC
They serve all colours and ages
Hedgecock put the needy first
While a global pandemic rages

Football serves covid kindness
With Chris, Ben, Bel and Steffy
Humdum* busy sharing comfort
Mental elf, homeless, the elderly

07 07 20

number7
© emdad rahman

#coronachronicles #thewanderinglondoner

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Reds see off gutsy Villa

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

Jurgen’s not interested in records
But at Anfield he’s still a killer
17 wins, 17 home games
His Reds sweep past the Villa

Alisson parries El Ghazi’s shot
Villa graft to beat a loss
Looked good too for a precious point
Until Mane lashed in Keita’s cross

Toe to toe with the champions
Smith’s men played with soul
Until Curtis Jones with a new deal
Volleyed his first top flight goal

05 07 20

number7
© emdad rahman

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“Liverpool will have a lot of fun with Jones” – Klopp

At last
As a saggy baggy auld arse
I get the chance for headline dreams
My name in lights on a Liverpool shirt
After all these years
From the wastelands of playgrounds
The silent parks that held my winning goals
Before time scythed me with tackles
Disguised as love
But always Liverpool Fc walking me on
Putting smiles in my heart
Even tho my bones groan
This Jones is proud, a youth again.

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Strangers Behind A Mask

here in these times with the sadness we’ve seen
just like we’re watching a film on a screen
science or fiction it’s tricky to say
feel like a child who can’t go out to play
you say it’s easing and lockdown will end
promising we’ll be together again
football is back but it’s not like back before
and we can still watch but it’s diff’rent for sure
we will be patient and stick to the task
but we are still strangers behind a mask
~
look at the news and there’s nothing to say
I feel embarrassed enjoying the day
me I’m conditioned to keeping my space
a thief or a robber whose hiding his face
I see you coming and you see me too
but as you draw closer do I move or you?
conspiracy theories are raging like wars
but games they continue behind these closed doors
I watch but it’s soulless and not like the past
and I’m still a stranger behind a mask
~
you tell me this virus is moving away
we know it’s still here though whatever you say
feels like it’s moving too swiftly for me
all for the sake of the economy
stadiums empty with cardboard for fans
and when we can come back is just not in the plans
clubs may go under or struggle in darkness
some will survive and just go on regardless
jobs they are going like tea from a flask
and we are still strangers behind a mask
~
waiting and longing for something to change
in the new normal where ev’rything’s strange
I think of the lives that have vanished and gone
taken away as the world stumbles on
when this is over we’ll look back and sigh
we will be grateful and thankful and try
to put into action what we have learned
lessons and trials and pages we’ve turned
voices will rise like a flame from a spark
no longer strangers behind a mask
~
we will be stronger and we will be one
we will rebuild all the damage that’s done
we will return to the life of a fan
stood on our terrace or sat in our stand
we will be back we will sing we will cheer
making creating a new atmosphere
no more the fear in the dark of the night
alive with the courage and hope in the light
back with our mates with no questions to ask
no longer strangers behind a mask

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Champions crash down to earth

Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool

A guard of honour it is
Before the Etihad car crash
It was to be expected
After a week on the lash

So a strong start with no goals
Followed by a period of disjoint
That mega leads been reduced
To a paltry twenty points

Sterling forces a penalty
De Bruyne doesn’t miss
Sterling and Foden seal it
From Ox the goodnight kiss

02 07 20

number7
© emdad rahman

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The Walk

Inspired by “The Wind” by RLS Robert Louis Stevenson
& by the anthem of Gerry & The Pacemakers

I saw you tear apart each team
To keep alive your burning dream;
And all around I heard such praise
In your quest for more glory days;

You’ll Never Walk “allein” – align
The Kop all together – cloud nine

I saw the different things you did
To keep alive your title bid;
You kept in form, you kept it tight
Attacked and fought with all your might;

You’ll Never Walk “allein” – align
The Kop all together – cloud nine

And so to you the spoils all told
You were too good, you wouldn’t fold;
Joining Jurgen in joyful schnapps
We can but bow and doff our caps!

You’ll Never Walk “allein” – align
The Klopp all together – cloud nine

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