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For Whom The Bell Tolls.

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 That clanging of the lunchtime bell
Signalled lessons, had come to an end
A grey tennis ball brought a whole different world
To us hungry hoards of age ten.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 A gate became a makeshift goal
Two trees formed the other two posts
In a playground next door to Westminster Cathederal
Home of father, son and the holy ghost.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Stern nuns were going crazy
At our footwear getting ruined
This was back in those hazy days
Before kids wore trainers to school.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Bobby Charlton passed the tennis ball
To Denis Law inside
Who made Maurice Norman look like an utter fool
As he lost him in two quick strides.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 As Bill Brown came out crouching
Law knocked the ball through his legs
That Brown he wern’t no slouch him
But Law easily done him, nutmegged.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Running in to the eighteen yard box
Completely unmarked on his own
Law was just gonna put the ball in to the…
When the lunchtime bell (or full time whistle) was blown.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Said clang restored our senses
We were London schoolkids again
No more Law strolling through defences
Of North London’s White Hart Lane.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Looking about our playground
Charlton had gone back to his class
Norman and Brown had ceased being clowns
Both trees and the gate stood charmless.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Trooping back in for afternoon lessons
Our minds drifted far from that game
Tomorrow? I’ll be Raymond Kopa the Frenchmen
You can be Alfredo Di Stefano, him that plays for Spain.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 When that grey tennis ball
Came in play at our school
Absolutely anything was possible
It’s a wonderous game…. this football!

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Notes

With a little bit of imagination, a grey tennis ball and a playground.

We could have been any team that we wanted to be!

Blinding memories of some great lunchtime games at convent school.

peace

kev

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/for-whom-the-bell-tolls/