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Poems tagged ‘Sir Bobby Charlton’

He’s got a Pineapple on his Head

In the Forties and Fifties footballers
looked like the thousands who watched
from the terraces. Short back and sides;
and Billy had a quiff.

In the Sixties and Seventies styles changed,
players set trends and the crowd followed,
to the barbers for the latest trim;
and something for the weekend.

Georgie had a Beatle cut,
Bobbie had a comb-over,
Kevin had a perm.
Everyone’s hair grew longer.

In the Eighties Chris sported that mullet,
the Nineties saw the Mohican, World Cup
Romanians went peroxide, and Jason
had a pineapple on his head.

Since the Noughties football wages
have soared. Premier League millionaires
enjoy lifestyles far distant from fans,
boast hairdos to match.

Colours, styles, shapes and lines
that even those sat in corporate boxes
struggle to copy because of maintenance
costs or dress codes.

Now Gareth has a man bun,
Sadio has dyed lines,
Ayoze has a pompadour.
But anyone can taper, fade.

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Dementia and Sir Bobby Charlton

At Brisbane Road, Leyton Orient
With the Alzheimer’s Society
I’m a Dementia Friends Champion
Beside skipper Charlie Lee

Arranged to meet match stewards
By Anwar Uddin, Howard Gould
Fair few fans live with Dementia
Many are sadly ridiculed

With kindness and help
One can live anxiety free
We walk beside Sir Bobby
On his new journey

01 11 20

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© emdad rahman

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