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The Magician-haiku

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Sir Stanley Matthews
the wizard of the dribble
for Blackpool and Stoke.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Football magician
full of tricks out on the wing
with ball at his feet.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The Matthews Final
Blackpool 4 v Bolton 3
Tangerines lift Cup.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Still played at fifty
oldest international
fit as a fiddle.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Red and white stripes
pride of the potteries
a legend of Stoke.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Hundred years ago
Sir Stanley Matthews was born
a real superstar.

Stanley Matthews would have been a hundred years of age on the 1st of February.
I was just a kid when my dad talked about him endlessly saying he was the best ever player,and he was so tricky and would turn defenders inside out.
I’ve seen film of him and without doubt he would be just as good today as he was back then. He was that fit he was still playing at fifty and he was a proper role model and coached kids when he finally hung up his boots. We hear the word legend used a lot these days but in Stan’s case it is a word that sums him up perfectly.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-magician-haiku/