Monday, June 20, 2011

Stan Bowles – The demon footballer

In the Indy there’s talk of Alan Hudson
Nonpareil Frank Worthington
Stan Bowles the snake charmer
All with less caps than Carlton Palmer

Always one to go in headfirst
Bad boy from Northern Collyhurst
Loftus Road when the winter was harsh
Took the number ten from Rodney Marsh

Toppled the F.A Cup off its perch
Stan defied behavioural research
“Bets” rumours were wide of the mark
Still an Invasion at Roker Park

Brush with Clough and a cruel break up
No final of the European Cup
All of five caps under Alf Ramsey,
Joe Mercer and Donald Revie

"If Stan could pass a betting shop like he can pass a football,
“He would be all right" was Ernie Tagg’s catcall
Allure of the horses caused much strife
So Tagg gave Bowles' wages to his wife

Number 7
© Emdad Rahman

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