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Chancing the Fall

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Agricultural football in strange formations:
right back in the centre, youth team player
lone striker. Between genius and madness
is a fine line of nine central defenders

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 over which you tread and re-tread, Felix,
marking passengers for the development squad,
those who pass and move for the dugout’s groove
while balls float past with a season’s arc

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 towards the drop, the box, chancing the fall
of the second ball, the diagonally-launched
percentage pass so far from Tigana
or the missile at the maestro’s foot

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Remember that midweek bus to Burnley,
Beckham playing for Preston North End,
a Conroy double away at Cardiff
when ‘the worst team in London’
was never Fulham again

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/chancing-the-fall/