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I’ve saw tantrums and fights,
Played under floodlights,
A tackle or two was late.
I’ve got arthritic dodgy knees
Ignored ‘don’t play again please’
But football was my fate.
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I’ve taken the early bath,
He wasn’t really hurt he was having a laugh.
I’ve played in a men’s team
Just turning fifteen,
The dressing room humour was fun.
Bowling green pitches butterfly stitches,
Played in the same team as my son.
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Father time slowed down my tricks,
So I called it a day aged about forty-six.
And now over fifty I recall it all,
The ups and downs in the life of football.
To some it is only a game,
As I’m setting off to a match in the rain.
Then a photo in a frame catches my eye,
And many a season has passed on by.
Chalked on the well faded brown leather ball,
Is the year of 1963.
In the front row is Bennett you’re offside,
That’s what they were shouting at me.