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ANOTHER FOOTBALL OBSCENITY

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 At the end of this season
the oldest football ground of them all
around which whole lives have been built
for a century and a quarter
replete with history
haunted by the ghosts of the past
will be concreted over by soulless moneymen
to save a debt-crippled club from extinction.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The Drill Field.
Home of Northwich Victoria FC.
Football played continuously there since 1874.
The cradle
of the greatest game the world has ever known
– a game which England gave to the world.
It should be cherished.
Preserved for posterity.
The pride of the Football Association.
But no….

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 There is no history.
Just Champions League. Premiership. Sky TV.
Southerners in Man.U shirts
soulless, overpriced all-seater stadia
and more dull tabloid headlines
as another rootless mercenary
changes masters for twenty million pounds.
For the rest…
Market forces rule, they say.
Let the bulldozers come.
We know how that feels.
It’s unspeakable.

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Notes

For the record: Northwich Vics have debts of £450,000. Seven week’s wages for Roy Keane.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/another-football-obscenity/