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Newcastle United JOHN OLIVER

PLAYING NETTY DOOR FOOTBALL
ON COBBLED BACK LANES
WHERE THE SMELL FROM THE CHIP SHOP
FOUGHT THE STENCH FROM THE DRAINS
DRIBBLING AROUND GAS LAMP POSTS
WASHING BLOWING IN THE WIND
CRASHING INTO DUSTBINS
HANDS AND KNEES ALL SKINNED
OTHER KIDS JOIN INTO PLAY
THEY CALL OUT COCK OR HEN
ABOVE SHOULDER HEIGHT WAS OVER THE BAR
AND THREE CORNERS MADE A PEN
SIXTEEN GOALS TO FOURTEEN
THE GAME IS PRETTY TIGHT
AND THEN THE LAD WHO OWNS THE BALL
IS CALLED IN FOR THE NIGHT
SO THE GAME HAS TO BE ABANDONED
AND WE ALL SETTLED FOR THE DRAW
THAT BACK LANE TO US KIDS
WAS ST JAMES' PARK, AND THE GOALS WERE 'NETTY DOORS'

John Oliver

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