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“WE’RE SWAPPING SHIRTS WITH SHAKESPEARE, THAT’S HOW WE SEE IT”

The qwerty-something Chelsea/Forest Green Rovers fan is part of Stroud’s stanza squad, the only known collective of football poets in the world. “There is poetry in everything,  Football is a fantastic outlet. It’s a release. And writing about it is a release too.” ‘Blokes with Balls’ Jeremy Clay.

‘INNER GOAL The poetry of football…a journey in rhyme’ by Crispin Thomas.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inner-Goal-Poetry-Football-Journey/dp/0955737605

From rattles and rosettes to women’s football and the trenches, fantasy salaries and racism to mobile phones for goalposts. Spanning fifty years of watching and ten years of writing , Inner Goal spans 50 years  in a perceptive nod to the People’s Game in verse. 75 poems and 65  haikus with illustrations from  football’s maverick performance poet .

 

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Poems by Crispin Thomas

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poets/crispin-thomas/