The Academy Has Closed Its Doors.

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The academy has closed its doors
The sombre mood is but the cause
The graduates are still reeling
From the depth of public feeling

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 He is gone who put them on
The dizzy road to fame
Whilst all the while instilling in them
The beauty of the game

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 No kick and rush at this school
No cloggers who will maim
The art of sweet simplicty itself
To enjoy and entertain

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 As East London mourns a gentleman
Who gave young kids their start
How many top stars still playing today
From this man honed their art?


John Lyall R.I.P.

Who rose right up through the ranks to become the guvnor at The Bolyn.
(Upton Park)

The famous West Ham academy in East London is where some of London finest young footballers learned their trade with the emphasis always on playing the game the right way to entertain the punters.



Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-academy-has-closed-its-doors/