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Johnny Todd

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Their song, “Johnny Todd,” rings out into the night
And we give our hearts to the three in blue and white
Then applause for little Rhys as his Everton hymn fades
Amidst madness and grief, a certain beauty pervades

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Notes

For Melanie, Stephen and Owen Jones.

Rhys Jones, an eleven year old, was shot by a teenager on a BMX bike in Croxteth, Liverpool, as he walked home from playing football last Wednesday. Last night, his family was given a standing ovation by fans at Anfield, prior to the game against Toulouse. The Everton song “Johnny Todd” (better known as the theme tune to Z Cars) was played in tribute as the players arrived on the pitch.

Melanie Jones, his mother, suggested Rhys would have been looking down and smiling in the knowledge that he was the reason the song was being played at Anfield … I hope he was.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/johnny-todd/