The referee in the sky blows full time on an ex-pro footballer. A reminder that kicking a bag of air around a rectangle of turf is not the be-all-and-end-all – even if you do get paid £150,000 a week to do it. We'll all be forgotten in the end.
Bolton’s top scorer, ’32-’33, scourge of slow defenders.
He sits alone and sips his tea, then the home help
Wheels him right, right up close to his TV screen…
…so he can hear one last cheer as the ‘keeper’s beaten near post.
And the young kin that visit him, dressed in Man U’s red and black,
Think Stanley Matthews farms turkeys.
Last of his kind, when he died, Football Focus showed the newsreel
Of his winning header, Cup Final ’29…
…so he can hear one last cheer as he beats the ‘keeper near post.
Now you, you can turn the light out
On his photographs, his medals and his memories.
You, you can turn the light out
As the referee blows full time.
Morton Betts, Arthur Kinnaird, Charles Mackarness, William Stafford, Charles Wollaston, William Lindsay, Arthur Kinnaird, Charles Clerke, Clopton Lloyd-Jones, Edwards Wynyard, Reginald Macaulay, Jimmy Costley, Jimmy Forest, Clive Jarvis, Jimmy Forest, Clive Jarvis
Can you hear one last cheer as the keeper’s beaten near post.