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National Football Museum

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 They have pictures of miracles
At the football museum
Photographs that hold
Within the flimsy paper
Faith, Hope, Love
Wrapped up in football boots
That we all longed to pull on
Wrapped up in football shirts
We claimed as ours
If only in dreams
But what are we without dreams
Those fickle sleep urchins
But at the football museum
I have stood close to such dreams
I have whispered to these icons
I have lowered my head close to the
Shadow of Bobby Moore
Still marvelling at the impossible angles
Of Gordon Banks
The beauty of Pele
That not even Monet could match
I witnessed the soul of Jock Stein outshine
The beguiling silver of the European Cup
Shankly immortal immeasurable Shankly
How his spirit rested upon the steps of Deepdale
As he dreamed his dreams for a Liverpool
Not yet born still to be created by him
But patient in waiting
At the national football museum
I counted the medals of titles
And Stanley Matthews his dignity counted
For greater glory like Arthur Wharton
Remembered now
The 12 Apostles of football
Spread the word and The Good News
Arrived on the 8th September 1888
Accrington Aston Villa Blackburn Rovers
Bolton Wanderers Burnley Derby County
Everton Notts County Preston North End Stoke
West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers
How well these football Gospels sowed the seeds
The salt of the earth Football
The opiate of the working class?
Are we duped?
Well we’re not fooled by politicians
Or the new rock & roll
But football, that will always be ours
The Women’s Game
Finally earning the respect it deserves
Striving towards a level playing field
Where girls dream of being the new Rose Reilly
It’s the authentic accent
The clarity of the soul
For “I love Football, therefore I am.”

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/national-football-museum-3/