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Go, Go, Go, Bobby Latchford!

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I had a lump in my throat as he walked out to the Centre Spot.
To my awestruck teenage eyes he seemed like some sort of demi-god.
His Christian name was Robert, but to all he said: “Just call me Bob”.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Tell me, who’s the chap with the Number Nine stamped on his back?
He’s built like a blockhouse and he’s heavy as a Tiger Tank.
No doubt the right fella to be spearheading our attack.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Bobby, you’re good!

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Meanwhile, I was thinkin’…
If it’s a dry pitch, they’ll outstrip him.
If it’s bone-hard, it could crippl’im!
If it’s a mud-patch, then we’re grinnin’,
Come on, Bobby. Let’s get winnin’.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Tell me, who’s the dude that’s all set to take a penalty kick?
He’s usually pretty trusty, but, of course, he has been known to miss.
He belts it…bang on target, now he turns to blow us all a kiss!

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Meanwhile, I was still thinkin’…
If it’s a long ball, he won’t get it.
If they foul him, they’ll regret it.
If it’s a nice cross, then he’ll head it.
Come on, Bobby. Let’s net it!

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Bobby, you’re great!

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Tell me, who’s the bloke that sweats blood to honour our Blue Shirt?
He’s scarred from many battles and his shorts are caked with mud and dirt.
But with thirty goals this Season, every penny that they paid he’s worth!

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Go, go, go, Bobby Latchford!
Legend’ry Latch!

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 11/11/05
Denys E. W. Jones

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Notes

This long overdue poetic homage to the idol of my teenage years is a re-working of a song by Chuck Berry entitled Little Queenie. Younger readers will not remember Bob Latchford – Big Bob played for Everton between 1974 and 1981. In Season 77-78 he scored thirty goals. Made several appearances for England too if I remember rightly.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/go-go-go-bobby-latchford/