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Think now and ponder this.
Who was it gripped me through my childhood
those formulative frantic football years week on week –
leaving me hanging by my fingertips on a cliff
like some black and white
Saturday Morning Pictures episode of Flash Gordon ?
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Was it the impact he made when I was barely six
and he first appeared
through my letter box in Tiger
on that magical September day in 1954 ?
Yes it was a powerful and deeply emotional
life-changing moment …but it wasn’t that.
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Was it because he led and inspired Melchester Rovers
to win: 10 league titles, 10 FA Cups, 2 Charity Shields,
4 Europen Cups, 4 EUFA Cup Winners Cups , 2 Eufa Cups
and a partridge in a pear tree, if you were lucky?
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Was it those countless international caps for England –
despite always ironically (some say suspiciously)
always getting injured just before every actual ‘real’ World Cup? Spooky indeed but..
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Perhaps it was because he got mysteriously ambushed
and kidnapped by Mexican rebels on a pre-season tour
but still managed to get back in time for the match? Again…
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It could have been when he survived
an assassination attempt on his life in 1981…
and an earthquake at Mel Park (Melchester Rovers ground) ..
or even when 8 Melchester players were killed
by fictitious terrorist activity
in the non-existent Middle-East state of Basran. ..
NO not even that.
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No …it was the undisputed fact
that he played for 51 years
(which would have made him about 70-something.).
but never ever got any older
and always kept the same lovely blond hair.