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Back of the Net

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Arriving at a certain age
I chanced upon a Facebook Page
A football follower’s delight
Outclassing every other site:
No views of Best or Ken Dalgleish
Or Cruyff, for this was far more niche
It specialised in retro sets
Of photographs of football nets
With sturdy bars and sturdy posts
And sturdy stanchions in an arc
The sort you saw at Hampden Park
When Puskas and Gento went on a spree
And Real Madrid won seven-three
Admire both Di Stefano’s grace
And the struts that hold the nets in place.
Though a love of old nets will never be the rage
We anoraks love that Facebook page
And spurning thoughts of golden mansions
We contemplate “Old Nets and Stanchions.”

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Notes

There really is a Facebook page dedicated to Old Nets and Stanchions. The website’s slightly obsessive attention to detail and nostalgic love of minutiae appealed to me.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/back-of-the-net-2/