Friday, October 16th, 2009
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used to be part of a team
that was implored
by boss and fans
to “Put ’em under Pressure!”
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now the ball
is firmly on the other foot
and there’ll be a certain sense
from many back in Cheshire
© Clik the mouse, 16th October 2009
Roy Keane, under immense pressure as Ipswich Town Manager – rooted firmly at the foot of the Championship at the time of writing.
“Put ’em under Pressure” – the anthem of Jack Charlton (as Ireland manager) and the Irish fans – it was even turned into a very successful World Cup song.
this poem – prompted not just by his current plight, but because my son was finishing up his school project last night – his subject? Yup, the Mayfield Manc.
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9th April 2017 at 9:21 pm
Hi Graham – I’m really pleased to see that you’re annotating your poems verse-by-verse. Did you know you can also highlight a bit of text in a verse and comment on that? Hover over this comment to see what I highlighted.
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9th April 2017 at 9:10 pm
Not forgetting folk hero Robin Friday who started a now commonplace trend by kissing a policeman after scoring against Rochdale in 1975
“The policeman looked so cold and fed up standing there that I decided to cheer him up a bit,” he explained.
7th April 2017 at 1:29 pm
Yes. We played footy in the street, and Peter Lorimer (not me) broke the window-pane at number twenty-eight. Kenneth Wolstenholme was particularly impressed, and Leeds meet Chelsea in the semi-final.
6th April 2017 at 12:03 pm
Great imagery Alex…
Playing in the street….grumpy neighbours..I go back to my old fifties Wharfdale Street , just off the Ifield Road sometimes Alex.
It’s barely a bright tennis ball’s throw from Stamford Bridge.We’d play for hours across that little street , stopping only for Remo’s ice cream van. So few car back then. I remember mad scores like 53-41 .
We’d often play til it was so dark, we couldn’t see that little yellow ball anymore sometimes..
The marking on the old brick wall in streets now lined with cars 24 x 7 are faint… but still there.
4th April 2017 at 3:10 pm
A touching tribute to a quaint old ground, with its compact pitch and small white gable.
3rd April 2017 at 2:13 pm
Many thanks Graham pleased you enjoyed it.Had a great day yesterday at Wembley as we beat Oxford in Checkatrade Trophy Final.Okay not the biggest competition in football,but for us it is better than nowt.I was there in 87 when we won the FACup so to go back 30 years later was special.We’re going down with a smile on our long suffering faces !
31st March 2017 at 5:49 pm
31st March 2017 at 10:46 am
Brilliant Graham , please feel free to do a cartwheel on my behalf.
30th March 2017 at 1:45 pm
The poetry of adversity. Flowers watered by our tears. Thanks for a great poem Kevin.
30th March 2017 at 1:41 pm
A wonderful poem. Profound and heartfelt.