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Those old pages, turned carefully they reveal a
Monochrome past, and all for just one shilling
Or five new pence in decimal money from ’71.
Teams of bygone names – names to be relished
On the tip of your tongue, and a few distant
Memories rekindled by programmes in the loft.
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Stored in boxes – that musty smell, creased from
Momentary excitement thirty years and more
Gone by; a treasured collection, worth saving.
The ads for car batteries, sits vac in engineering
Or the mines. Self-conscious pools agents and
Glamour girls, the social scene and fans’ letters.
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Democracy of a fashion – not today’s slick, sterile
Publications. Some modest variety in each issue;
Everything from cufflinks to tie pins in the new
Club Shop…the whole thing devoured, cover to
Cover, as kick off time drew near. Now, a window
Into yesterday – line-ups still in 2-3-5 formation.
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So, thanks for the memories triggered by covers
Of such basic design; standing, star-struck, just
Enthralled by it all. Today we get over-priced
Magazines full of sponsors and things we already
Know. Hardly worth buying, but still – for habit’s
sake – we do; A collecting, completist compulsion.