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Acrostic Football Performance Poetry

Squad

Salford, 28th April 2020

#Napowrimo #Sport

Sports teams require more than the eleven put out on the pitch

qualified physiotherapists, doctors and coaching staff

up at the training venues ensure

a match fit, well prepared team to

do their thing when the ref blows his whistle

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Football

Final Whistle

#fowc #referee #sport #football #rules #ball

It’s a funny old game is Football
You walk for miles down roads and up stairs
to get to those golden ticketed chairs –
then as players take to the field
you wait for the referee to yield –
the man in the middle – you await his call
and for stars on the pitch to start kicking the ball.

Then as it does,
and ball travels back
a flag or a whistle stops the attack
and you lament the official – in yellow blue or black
But in his defence – he follows the rules
and his fellows know their stuff – they’re no fools
So when whistle is signalled and games underway
They’re there to ensure there’s a bit of fair play.

And when defender tackles striker,
and he goes in far too hard.
The Man in the middle gives warning
with a bright yellow coloured card.
And player knows better, to look out instead
as the last thing he wants to see is red!

And when the match is over,
He whistles out to all…
“The match time is now finished –
  That’s the last kick of the ball!”

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Football Sport Sports

Edge of your seat stuff

Tenterhooks

Old Trafford, Manchester

3rd December 2017

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They’ve been doing this for years

Sat in the arena watching the gladiators

Facing off against one another

Spectators nails chewed to the quick

as the clock ticks down to the 90th minute

cheering every tackle

calling every decision

applauding every header

and jumping for joy if their team wins

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Football Poetry Sport Sports

Anticipate

Anticipate

Sat in the classroom of Melwood

an old team captain is watching the lads

kicking a ball around the field

he’d once said “you never win anything with kids”

but that was before he’d watched them

lift up a number of trophies

and saw one of his number become a millionaire

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Cities Football Life Poetry Space Sport Sports

A Martian Landed at Media City

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A Martian he landed at Media City

He took a look round, but thought it a pity

That attracted by all those colourful lights

He landed his craft where he couldn’t see sights.

He saw a Man in a uniform sat behind desks

turning young adults to nervous wrecks

saying ‘this isn’t a place for you kids to play’

‘come back wi’ your teacher – on some other day’

The visitor saw the kids walk sadly away

as his eyes behind visor began to stray

as bustle behind windows , created a story

on some news worthy gossip, from Lib Lab or Tory

And on other desks too – tittle tattle from grounds

as footballers antics in town they’ve been found

and the camera’s flash on some sportsmans head

the latest transfer that’s been put to bed

The Martian he watched – as the screens switched to war

now and then stopped by the flash football scores.

It’s a funny old place this earth he did said

as news of the olympics flashed overhead.

And the lights they did change – as he saw the rings

and saw all the cheering and singing and things

as a scene from old stratford shone out a light

making the quayside shiny and bright.

So he entered his spacecraft and crafted a star

something that could be seen from near and of far

and he let it go upwards leaving trails on its way

lighting the sky for the others to play.

I wrote this tale during my time as An Ambassador for London 2012. The BBC had just moved in to their home on Salford Quays and this was my response to some of the overbearing security in that area…I thought, what if…hope you enjoy it© 2 years ago, Brian F Kirkham life • media • olympic • sport • alien • life2

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Football Memories Poetry Sport Sports Volunteering

Final Whistle

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A piece written during my shifts as a Volunteer Team Leader at Old Trafford, Manchester when London 2012 came to the Northwest of England.

As we couldn’t be biased – I wrote it about the one person the fans always moan at – the referee! (Added a few lines to the 2012 version for build up)

It’s a funny old thing is football.

You wait for what seems forever

for the man in the middle

to blow his whistle

and the action to start.

But then as he does

and ball gets kicked back

you lament the official in yellow or black.

But observe him closely – he observes the rules,

his assistants the same, and they are no fools.

So the whistle gets blown – the games underway!

and the ref and his team want to see some fair play.

If Midfield’s on Striker and he goes in too hard

He’s there to give a warning with a bright yellow card.

The offender knows better, to look out instead

as the last thing he’ll want to see is a red

for what that’ll mean is an early bath

and a meeting with manager and his angry wrath.

So when match is over – and his alarm does chime

The Ref whistles out – its the end of the time

And Whistle is a sign, to players, watchers and all

“The Match is now Finished – You’ve Kicked the Last Ball!”

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Art Art Gallery Arts Football Places Sport Sports

A City United

As a sporting Volunteer in the county, I’ve had the honour of helping out at some great venues throughout Greater Manchester.

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Manchester City – Etihad Stadium (c) Brian F Kirkham

This painting was created in Corel Painter Essentials by me.

 

It’s of the City of Manchester Stadium (or as the Manchester City Fans now know it, The Etihad).  The current home to Manchester City Football Club and the site of the Commonwealth Games Athletics Competition in 2002…I’ve helped out here on a number of occasions as an Event Volunteer.  Favourite moment ? Helping out at the UEFA Cup Final when Glasgow Rangers played Zenit St Petersberg of Russia.

Nearby is the Regional Athletic Arena – which hosts major athletic events in the summer season.  As a member of Sale Harriers Volunteer Squad, I assist judges with Marking and retrieving items during field competition.

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Manchester United – Old Trafford Stadium (C) Brian F Kirkham
 

This second painting was created in Adobe photoshop and is of Old Trafford Football Ground – Home to Manchester United Football Club and one of the venues used at the 2012 Olympic Games during the Football Competition.  I was a team leader for the ambassadors lining the route to the stadium on this one. Saved one or two taking on Manchester’s Rush Hour to get to the stadium.  Cheers, Chants, Vuvuzelas and songs – all in support of the world’s best playing in Manchester – for Olympic Gold

And my favourite fans I greeted to the stadium ?  Has to be the Brazilian Team!

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Art Football Industrial Memories Photography

Alphabet

Alphabet

A response to the Daily post Challenge – “Alphabet”

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(Photo taken by the Author, Camera used Samsung WB-250)

Salford, 15th January 2016.

The picture you see is a Mural , created by the artist Walter Kershaw.  It’s not the original, The original was taken down and replaced by the Trafford Park Development Corporation when I was in my teens.  The second edition, whilst the building it was on was still being maintained by the corporation hung on the wall with pride for many years – until some of the industries that sponsored it moved out of town.

If you head to Old Trafford to see the football its still on display there – a memorial to the industry that once dominated the area.  A pictorial A-Z of Northern Industry. Some firms are still there, the Delivery and Haulage firms as well as the food and chemical plants and you can see them as you travel around the industrial park.  Rank Hovis has a factory opposite the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum – which itself is on the old site of storage silos from the second world war

And if you wander where your Morning Cornflakes come from – they’re most likely to have come from the Large Kelloggs factory in the centre of the park.

Both my Father and Grandfather worked at the MF Industrial works on Barton Dock Road, which has since passed over to Kelloggs since the work moved elsewhere in Europe.  The Mural fondly remembers the factory though – as the vehicle the works produced appears on the picture alongside the company logo of the time.  A fond memory of the works car park comes to mind – where the diggers were proudly on show in the docking bays.  At Christmas any remaining diggers would be decorated brightly in Christmas lights

The building the mural hangs on – once a storage facility for the docks – has also undergone some changes – as it’s become a nightclub venue – strange but true.

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Airport BBC Cricket Destinations Football Leisure Museums Rugby Seaside Sports Travel Work

Station Hopping

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

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Lands end to John O’ Groats on Public Transport ?

It sounds like a preposterous suggestion to make, but its not that far fetched.

You see, living where I do , in Greater Manchester – there’s an excellent network of Buses, Trains and Trams to get to.  Even in the short period of time while I was waiting for my Travel Pass, a Tram ticket cost a meagre £1.20 for a return into the city centre, and with the BBC Moving in opposite the Lowry Arts Complex

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BBC North – One of the Destinations on Manchester’s Metrolink network.

at Salford recently – the supply of regular trams has been constant.  They don’t want to upset the London crowd you see.

So, I can now take a Pennine trip from Salford to Rochdale, before popping onto a West Yorkshire Metro from Rochdale to Todmorden in West Yorkshire if I wish…I could take in the delights of Bury Art Gallery or Lancashire Fusiliers Museum or take a trip around Oldham town centre and be back in time for Tea

The Football Set are smiling, as the metro lines take in both Old Trafford (Home of Manchester United FC) and the Etihad Campus (Home of the Commonwealth Stadium in 2002, and now Home to Manchester City FC) – and if Football isn’t your thing – then it also stops outside Lancashire Cricket Club

(Rugby Fans – Salford’s stadium is a short distance from the Eccles Stop – and they put on buses there!)

Get to Piccadilly Station, and Manchester’s Sporting Complex awaits – or if I feel like it a trip North to the Lancashire sands, taking in the delights of Morecambe’s Seafront, Blackpool’s Tower, The Lake District or Zakynthos’s Wildlife

The Metrolink now lands at Manchester Airport – so if you book your ticket – and pack a bag you could go further than you think on the humble little tram – But the Airfare costs a little extra!