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Adlestrop Part 1

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Yes, I remember Adlestrop –
The name, because in 1966
The station name board was offered
Unwontedly. To Swindon, June the 6th.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The dream wished. Someone cleared his throat.
No-one had heard of Adlestrop
In the Swindon Rail Museum.
England won the World Cup.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 And Doctor Beeching cut his swathe
Through meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than Wembley Towers in the sky.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 And for that minute it was all over.
Edward Thomas killed at Arras
And again at Swindon some 50 years later.
But Geoff Hurst scored. That might last.

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Notes

One Adlestrop name board was saved – it is in the village bus shelter.
The other was offered to Swindon and then to Oxford. It was destroyed as you will see in part 2. What a tragedy.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/adlestrop-part-1/