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A horde of track suited
Clearly overweight dads
Wearing expensive trainers
Shouting and screaming (I’d like to say cheering)
and often goading on their children
During Saturday, or Sunday morning football matches.
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I’m taken back (smiling)
To the unforgiving pink cinders pitches
On the London parks/commons of my youth
Where I thought I was
The famous Russian goal-keeper Lev Yashin.
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But…I wasn’t Yashin.
Any more than a track-suit and pair of trainers
Make a heart attack waiting to happen
Qualified enough to tell a child – his own or some-one else’s
For that matter – to get stuck in or worse
On an opponent
During a children’s game of football played over the week-end.
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We have qualified coaches
To train children properly,
and instigating hurting or verbally abusing
Young people on the opposing team
Is not in any part of their remit
As even I can remember from my playing days of long ago.