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The net and frame his territory
To defend – against all comers.
Shots held, headers deflected;
Bravery personified, he defies the
Ninety minute onslaught –
King of his area, his home.
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Spot kick given – the High Noon duel;
Whistle blows – which way to go ?
Instinctive reaction and it’s saved,
Rebound whacked over the bar –
Team mates jubilant, the
Keeper phlegmatic – just a job to do.
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Memories of vintage displays –
Foulkes, Hardy, Hibbs, Swift;
Williams the Cat – English heroes
In yellow ‘gainst the world,
Then Banksie – goalie supreme;
Pele,1970 – the save of all saves…
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Times past, times present – always
A figure apart; alone, but ever-alert
To the lethal through-ball –
Slides out to smother, danger subdued.
Last gasp tip-over keeps it safe;
Goal intact – mission accomplished.