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Wharton of Darlington

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Arthur was a hero my friends
Born 1865 on the Gold Coast
Across the water he decided to go
Made his name in Sweet Darlo

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Arthur Wharton national hero
Arthur Wharton played for Darlo

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Arthur was a good man my friends
Left the rich behind to feed the poor
Poverty paved the way for his survival
Seven games in 10 days to feed the poor

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Arthur Wharton national hero
Arthur Wharton played for Darlo

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I Woke up this morning and the sun was shining
Brother Arthur stood there smiling
For little did they know that today was the day
That Arthur would take their breath Away

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Arthur Wharton national hero
Arthur Wharton international hero

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Notes

This poem is actually the words to a song I wrote about Arthur, but occasionally I am asked to read it as a poem – the verse which begins ‘I woke up this morning’ is a reflective thought that one of his fellow team players in 1887 was thinking prior to going on later that day to win the Cleveland Challenge Cup.


Editor’s update, 7th January 2012……..

FEATURE…………
If you would like to see a poet who has submitted on this site (Shaun Campbell in 2010), then check out Shaun on the BBC Sports site – he is featured talking about Arthur Wharton, in Ghana. It featured on the Beeb’s website on Monday 7th January 2013, the link is here….

7 Jan Shaun Campbell on BBC talking about Arthur Wharton. Also features Viv Anderson.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/wharton-of-darlington/