Game of two halves

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 If Shevchenko had put away that last-minute chance,
There’d have been no miracle of Istanbul.
If Maradona’s Hand of God goal had been disallowed,
England might still have lost on penalties

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 If the police at Hillsborough had thought about it,
If the terrace wall at Heysel had been stronger,
If the Bradford stand hadn’t been made of wood …

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 And if my maternal grandfather had not gone to see Chelsea
Away at Bristol Rovers in the early 1920s,
And after the game met up with my grandmother,
Who lived just down the road from Eastville,
I would never have seen Peter Osgood launch himself
Like a guided missile at Charlie Cooke’s cross
In the cup final replay at Old Trafford:
Or indeed, any football game at all


Editor: Welcome Greg. I still can’t get used to driving past Ikea and looking for the Rovers floodlights and the old dog track from the M32. i Always thought Eastville was similar to the Bridge too .More please

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/game-of-two-halves/