World Poetry Day: The Seven Ages Of Fan, Part Seven: Second Childhood

This post is part of a blog carnival for World Poetry Day. To view poems by other bloggers, search on Twitter or Google Realtime for WPDfootballpoems. Today is World Poetry Day and, as some of you will already be aware, for the last few weeks, Monday night have been literature night here on Twohundredpercent. We are delighted to welcome Football Hobo’s Alan Smithy back to our pages this evening for the final part of his seven part epic which traces the life of the football supporter in relation to the celebrated monologue from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, which is better known as “The Seven Ages Of Man”, or “All The World’s A Stage”. This evening: The Second Childhood. Death – it comes to us all, and is a recurring theme throughout both football and the works of the Bard. Ex-players and managers sadly depart us, and even clubs come and go, more often than not through the work of unscrupulous types running them into the ground. Beware the smiling assasin as he marches in with promises of untold wealth – one may smile, and smile and be a villain, whether Premier League grandee or Non League pauper. Alas poor York, we knew them well. I’m sure Shakespeare would’ve been more than tempted to knock out a football play if he were still around today, but perhaps he was...

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