Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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The first to strike gold in Europe
Was that famous Black Pearl
Fondly known as Benbarek
To others the Moroccan Earl
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El Ouatane aged fourteen
Honed the Black Pearl’s stealth
Two Spanish titles for El Prodigio
Order of Merit after his death
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Forty three goals for Stade Français
As Larbi walked the walk
Fifty six as Spain’s Perla Negra
La perle noir du Maroc
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From twenty Francs a day
An Iberian prince at Marseille
The first ever “black pearl”
Very high praise from Pele
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Eight goals against Southend
A first French cap against Italy
War loomed and Larbi went home
With the arrival of the Nazi
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French journalists raged in despair
When Atletico signed a cheque
One wrote; ‘Sell the Eiffel Tower,
But not Ben Barek’
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Idéal Club Casablanca and US Marocaine
Stade Français adding spice
Atlético Madrid Los Rojiblancos
Where Larbi won La Liga twice
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Nineteen caps for Les Bleus no myth
Danced on dictator Franco’s deck
Bel-Abbès and a stadium named
For Haj Abdelkader Larbi Ben M’barek
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© emdad rahman
One of africa’s greatest imports – It seems Haj Abdelkader Larbi Ben M’barek has been airbrushed from football history.
What a player and what history!
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22nd September 2021 at 1:01 pm
Thank you very much, Crispin. It’s great to a member of this community!
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22nd September 2021 at 12:52 pm
I arrived to run a a football poetry workshop with local school students for Fulham FC Footbal In The Community at the Cottage. The news had come through late the night before. that Johnny had left us. Flowers and scarves were allready appearing on the railings.Saw him play many times. great player.
22nd September 2021 at 12:45 pm
Welcome to Football Poets Michael .Lovely words.
20th September 2021 at 8:34 am
‘Oh to be back there again’ … ‘the hapless days when we were poor / when he’d grab three but they’d get four”. Sadly I never saw Greaves play at Chelsea, a little before my time. We have to admit that Spurs gave him his rightful stage.
19th September 2021 at 8:27 am
Your poem immediately made me think of that article, Crispin. When I moved up to York in 1976 almost the first thing I did was go to watch a game at Bootham Crescent. It was my way of anchoring myself in the place, finding my bearings.
4th September 2021 at 1:18 pm
This is so true. Both of my sons played at junior level and I gave words of encouragement, but never shouted or ranted from the sides like some parents, one bloke went over the top most games and his lad you could tell was nervous and embarrassed. I just wanted my lads to enjoy playing football and not as a competition etc. My eldest son ended up playing professional football, while my other one played at a decent level. The youngster who was ranted at by his crazy father never carried on playing. Let kids enjoy the game but they wont if forced to by obsessive parents.
29th August 2021 at 12:06 pm
maybe see you at the Fully Charged New Lawn then? Have had some great chats with CU fans before League & Cup games…best C
27th August 2021 at 10:58 am
Boxing Day 2018
It doesn’t often get that exciting at Brunton Park
24th August 2021 at 9:14 pm
Great feeling of being in amongst the fans as the goals fly in. 5 nil? Whose paddock is it though?????
We had a mad day like that on Saturday at Forest Green v Crawley (6-3!)
Welcome to Football Poets Brian..more please !
11th July 2021 at 3:19 pm