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50 Ways to Score a Goal and Other Football Poems

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The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. When the character’s team loses, he still sees it as a triumph because he lives for the thrill of the game. Calendar arrived safely in plastic-free packaging - which I've not seen before with a calendar, so kudos for that.

And to my mind the best ever football record, Pam Pam Cameroon by Macka B, includes references to Maradona and Roger Milla and the refrain ‘against the Cameroon England were lucky, lucky! The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.While Jesus said ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’, Cookson pays tribute to the ‘tea makers’ – and everyone else who makes match day possible.

Composite: Alamy/Reuters View image in fullscreen The former Labour leader Michael Foot penned a poem about Dixie Dean’s Everton. He describes how every supporter feels an intense and personal type of grief when their team loses a match. The power of football as a way of ‘fighting sorrow’ also chimes with the message we find elsewhere in A Shropshire Lad: that male bonding, friendship, and neighbourly solidarity are all features of rural village life. Away from these shores, Jordi Gomez points us towards ‘Ode to Plattkó’, in which the famous Spanish poet Rafael Alberti immortalises a Barcelona goalkeeper who played on after being knocked out in the 1928 Cup final, where Alberti was watching on from the terraces. In fact, I’ve traveled this gridiron before, sharing three football-themed poems, including one of my own.Given he started managing Halmstad at 29, surely the length of his career must be close to a world record? It covers lots of topics, but one of its main points is that football can be a powerful source of inspiration for normal, working people. The experience moved him so much that he wrote a poem about it – “Ode to Everton” – and sent it into the Liverpool Daily Post. In this article, you’ll find a selection of poems on football and death, as well as some inspirational football funeral readings from literature.

Occasionally some remnants remain, with perhaps part of a wall or part or a stand or thre shape of a terrace, but often they are only still there in faded images and in our heads. The poems in this anthology strike an altogether more subtle note and take us to the very heart of why a seemingly straightforward team sport arouses such passion and commands such lifelong devotion. There’s a poem capturing the romance of children playing street football until it’s almost too dark to see the ball, and another in which going to the match is a rite of passage for an immigrant boy seeking to belong. My son and his Step Dad bought season tickets for Fulham before they ascended into the Premiership after Al Fayad bought the club, on the basis that eventually, they would get to see Premiership football – which worked.Back in the glory days when football was new, Sky used to give their man of the match a bottle of bubbly. The Hampden Collection created its poetry section on 26th March 2018, with Stephen Watt as its inaugural Poet In Chief. It’s a footballer’s paradise, he says, where ‘there’s always a top team to play on’ and ‘the matches never end’.

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