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Beatle Best

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Many Many times I have admired
TV report
in black-and-white of the match Everton
had won by a single goal at Burnden Park
in 1966

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I am sure I loved this match so much
as it was played in 1966

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 In my mind, I can hardly imagine
the better year than the year 1966

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 And I can hardly imagine the better match
than FA Cup semi-final in which
Everton could think would be the first team to keep
the clean sheet in the F.A Cup semi-final
since Bury and Preston’s Invincibles

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 And I can hardly imagine better rival than
it is Manchester United

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 THE TIMES explained that it would have been
easy to blame United’s failure on the ludicrous
pile-up of fixtures which had strangled the life of
the leading clubs of English football
It would be right to blame their cup exit on this
THE TIMES had the genial number two
reason for Everton’s victory in this game
which was played on APRIL 23 in Bolton

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 But, aside of the problem of the fixtures
of the leading club that must be solved
the reason for their failure can be summed up
in one word: BEST (didn’t play)
On Saturday, United were like the Beatles
with a guitar missing
There was LAW, There was CRERAND,
There was a subdued CHARLTON, but
there were no BEATLE BEST
to play the final chord

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Notes

Everton 1, Manchester United 0
Saturday APRIL 23 1966
Not since 1902 has a team won the F.A Cup without conceding a goal.Now Everton,as the result of winning this semi-final at Burnden Park on Saturday, can equal a feat previously accomplished by Bury and Preston’s Invincibles. (THE TIMES MONDAY APRIL 25 1966)

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/beatle-best/