Tales from the bar

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Frozen and thawed forever in the cold
They’ve smacked me with no mercy
Watched many a shooter offload
Not a slight hint of an apology

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Hursty once spun and thumped me
Just one of millions of kicks
Football came to a standstill
Through my mischief in sixty six

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Public gasp as the communal heart clogged
Somewhere in the region of a week
I spluttered and split my spleen
Whilst the nation held back a shriek

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 My merriment abruptly came to a cease
Spoilt by that man Tofik’s shrill whistle
An historic intervention indeed
One with the gale force off a missile

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 There’s been many moments of humour
Chiefly when Phil Babb played slide rule
Poor sod just couldn’t apply the brakes
As I gleefully thwacked his crown jewels

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Nevertheless, a great comic moment
Agony etched all over his face
Or was it just a smirk or grin?
No, very much a painful grimace

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Did you know that I have many friends?
All within footballing showbiz
Yashin, Banks, Maier, Schmeichal
Then there’s Higuita and Barthez

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 An old friend would hold me and tell me his woes
And bawl me when protecting his fort
Thus Dino held out for a record 13 games
With the Zoff I had a unique rapport!

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 I once gobbled up a knights belter
One who partnered mighty king Kev
An ever ready and suave gentleman
Better known now as Sir Trev

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 They kiss, hug, headbutt and shine me
Some even tap me thrice for good luck
A big no, no once during panto season
As Fatty Foulkes played Friar Tuck

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 With netside cams much unwelcome
Andy Gray has become an intrusion
Final Word technology has put paid
To my much valued one time seclusion

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Number 7
© Emdad Rahman


Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/tales-from-the-bar/