Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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At the tender age of eighteen
Stamford Bridge he made his mark
The boy did ‘dangerously well’
A class act on and off the park
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Deft touches and radar passes
Is how we’ll celebrate Ray
That lob and chip against Belgique
Elegant and masterful play
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An FA Cup final curler
Ray rocked the mic at Wembley
He valued the small people
The cleaner, the fan, the trainee
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Old Firm stunner for that Ibrox hero
Today he’d be England’s Pirlo
Ciao Ray from the San Siro
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lovely verse… says it all Emdad… go well
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5th April 2018 at 7:24 pm
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29th July 2020 at 9:26 pm
I’ve only just seen your comment about a photo of the gates. I will dig one out.
I’ve still not been to The New Lawn but I do hope to get there one day.
29th July 2020 at 6:41 am
Woohoo….sentiment shared Denys.
I thought the huge No 3 on Chelsea’s new shirts strange enough.
Keep on mate.. C
16th July 2020 at 9:32 pm
thanks for introducing us to a poetic form that we haven’t seen or utilized here!
It sets us an interesting challenge!
16th July 2020 at 5:18 pm
Hi Neil -hope you\’re happy with the way it\’s laid out.(Thanks Christian).I think from memory, this is the first ever hay(na)ku on Football Poets here on this,,, or the old site in 20 years!
Coincidentally, re C.O.A , Michael Horovitz is very much associated with Stroud and Slad in partricular (also the home of Laurie Lee.)
Stroud is where Football Poets as a website began in 2000 and where Michael\’s son Adam Horvitiz lives. Adam is a fine pastoral and performance poet and a good friend. If you do a search in the search button he does have 4 football poems on here being a Sunderland fan.
Stroud is also close to Forest Green Rovers, who I follow regularly these days, and is also where I am based. I grew up close to Stamford Bridge in London having followed Chelsea for 50 years
Re WBA …Great community club. I worked there several times in the 2000s running anti-recism football poetry workshops with young /local school students, as part of their Football In The Community programme
16th July 2020 at 11:13 am
I tried to find a pic of the old Crittall gates at Braitntree to feature on the page with your poem, without sucess.Was interested to see them.
As a regular Forest Green fan (don’t scream!) I’m really familiar with the Iron iron and meeting up with your fans when they came up here on the hill for games.
I also still remember well, the NL 2015 play offs and how close you came back in the Cowley (pre-Lincoln/Huddersfield) days v Grimsby, who we of course lost to at Wembley.
Keep on. Crispin
16th July 2020 at 11:04 am
Great Lines Leonie…sentiment shared..but we will get through this..And think how anazing it will be be to get back to to our grounds, our friends and our teams…
15th July 2020 at 1:23 pm
Hope all is well with you and yours as we journey on.
15th July 2020 at 1:19 pm
All good, hope the same with you and yours.
Goodness, 20 years, 🙂
6th July 2020 at 6:14 pm
Wow big time Sharon. Congratulations and how amazing Klopp quoting you in the headline. Although a possibly misconstrued comment towards a loyal female fan… if it was defintely towards you!?lol
Also you beat me, re you name on the back the L’pool shirt, because when that lovable rogue Mickey Thomas played for Chels (who I still also follow ) alongside my number one local team Forest Green +Dulwich Hamlet and Whitehawks, names weren’t yet on ther back of shirts. They came in around 93/94 I think? .
Can’t believe we’ve been running this site ev’ry day for 20 years! Remember Parry’s Post ! Hope all’s good with you through Covid. All the best Sharon
30th June 2020 at 4:12 pm
Liverpool worthy Champions for 2019 / 2020.
And worth it too, to get another very special poem from Sharon!