Life Begins

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 So forty is the age
of Teddy Sheringham;
of Millwall and Forest fame
and also Tottenham.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 He plays now for the Irons
at West Ham’s Upton Park
and for the famous Hammers
he’s already left his mark.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 He’s played for countless managers
of the calibre of Clough
of his silky, sublime skills
they could never get enough.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Enjoyed the high life at United
under Alex Ferguson,
so many vital goals
like the one against Bayern.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Never blessed with any pace,
he thinks his way round the pitch;
whilst others have retired,
he plays without a hitch.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Once a very famous half
of the SAS partnership;
Shearer’s hanging up his boots
before his form takes a dip.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 In the twilight of his career
of that there is no doubt;
contract for another year
before the final light goes out.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 A man of his intelligence
should join the management game.
In years to come for England-
he could really make a name.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 So “well done, Edward Sheringham!”
as Old Big ‘Ed would have said.
Still going strong at forty,
goals from both feet and head.


The longevity of Teddy Sheringham is a lesson to us all and for a certain poet an inspiration – I’m still playing in the Sunday League at forty

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/life-begins/