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in the hotbed of the playground,
I’d always volunteer to play
‘cos that’s where he played-
best player I’d ever seen
in all my nine years…..
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I was back in a school-
this time on the other side of the desk,
teaching conversational English
to giggling teenage girls and business execs.
Sometimes, though, the conversation would turn to football.
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I’ll always remember that day-
best lesson I ever taught.
Albion fan and Real Madrid fan,
remembering the good old days;
(he didn’t have to remember quite as far back as me!)
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Remember Laurie Cunningham?
My heart skipped a tackle at the mere mention
of his name after all those years.
Robbed from the Baggies
for around a million, I sighed.
Ten minutes we kicked around vocabulary
that would best describe him…