Nameless shirts

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 When was the last time England really got me excited?
I forget
Who was the last England manager that I really, really trusted to lead our troops?
I forget
Why was it that Lampard, Gerard, Scholes didn’t gel?
I forget
But I do have my own opinion
And in mine own dominion, I’ll hold court
Like as not, I’ll pause….
Not so much as “hold that thought”….
But… where did it go?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I’ve seen my forbears tread that isolating path
From the first forgetful moment (treated as a laugh)
To the locking up of doors, and added safety features
Sadly limiting the elderly, in an unedifying way
(and all too often mis-labelled, as God’s crazy creatures)

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 So in my own future
When I look back to this game
I may not remember the Toney & Bellingham goals
But deep down in my heart and soul
I’ll know
That the absence of names on the shirts
Was a meaningful and well-intended message
To raise awareness and concern
And hopefully I’ll be able to discern
The many fruitless England attacks
While my mind jumbles, at the behest of warring tau proteins
and inimical amyloid plaques


International Friendly, Wed 27th March, 2024 at Wembley

England 2 – 2 Belgium

England played in their new 2nd strip (colour “dark raisin”)

England played in the 2nd half, with the same colour jerseys, but all the names removed, to raise awareness as part of a campaign with the Alzheimer’s Society, with the shirts set to be auctioned off to raise funds for the charity. “We hope this striking gesture with the player’s shirts will once again get fans across the country talking, and thinking about the signs and symptoms of dementia,” chief executive Kate Lee said.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/nameless-shirts/