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S.O.S Save Our Site Message + Poetry Workshops

S.O.S Save Our Site Message + Poetry Workshops

Important message from Simon Icke  
Unpaid political writer, campaigner & poet.

S.O.S.  Calling all poets, football fans and people interested in promoting literacy and poetry via linking poetry to a subject they love; Football... this is the world's original and by far the largest football poetry website. It has received thousands of entries over the years and probably millions of visitors; it is loved by Football poets worldwide and thousands of poems from the site have been filled for safe keeping by the British Library.
  
This is a grass roots poetry initiative that has survived for more than ten years without funding from any source and it now deserves the support of government and commercial organisations including the FA, The Premier League and other football league clubs and those who make £ millions out of the professional game, in fact anyone who might be interested in Football or poetry or both:  It would be a massive loss to both UK football and to grass roots poetry if this website were to fold due to lack of funding.
  
Please contact Crispin Thomas (one of the main creators and editors of the website) direct if you can offer any advice or support or at least know others who might be interested in coming to their rescue.Contact  
Crispin Thomas- The Football Poets  

or phone 01453 757376 & 07837 798463                
  
Thank you
  
Simon Icke
Unpaid political writer, campaigner & poet.
15A Long Plough, Aston Clinton, Bucks. HP22 5HB.
  UK Tel: 01296-631378 Mob: 07738-512664
  
PS I am one of the original 'team' of contributors to footballpoets.org; going way back to 1998 when I published an anthology of Football poems on behalf of Aston Clinton Primary School, titled Poetry in Motion..Football! Football! Football! All profits from this book were donated to Aston Clinton school funds. One of my poems that I wrote at that time and was included in this anthology, is titled Touchline Shouting, this poem is now used by a number of County FA's and Junior Football Clubs throughout the UK as a good example of positive parental/ adult behaviour on the touchline when watching junior football matches. I have never received a penny from any club or county FA who has used this poem nor have I ever asked for anything; perhaps instead these clubs might like to consider making a small donation to www.footballpoets.org to help ensure this very worthwhile website has a future, for the benefit of a very good side of  football and grass roots poetry.

1 FOOTBALL POETRY WORKSHOPS 2012

Hi   We are curently offering availablity for Football/Sport/Activity Poetry  Workshops and Live Poetry & Music Gigs for March-Dec 2012.

We undertake sessions  in schools (primary+secondary) , academies, colleges, libraries, football/sports study support and community centres, festivals and prisons . .  Sessions are fun and often high energy and can focus purely on football or can cover all sports and activities and artistic pursuits  to be all inclusive . Crispin

Contact  
Crispin Thomas- The Football Poets  

or phone 01453 757376 & 07837 798463                
W=Workshops   (G)=Gig

SOME WORKSHOP/CRISPIN   LINKS
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WORLD CUP POETRY WORKSHOP WRITING EXAMPLES
22 World Cup 2010 Poems
  Maidenhill School Year 8


19 World Cup 2010 Poems
  Maidenhill School Year 7


'FOOTBALL STUFF' Crispin Thomas   BBC Video Nation Poem / Rap with Casio and  ball on the pitch at Forest Green Rovers FC.

  EVERTON FC ' Making A Difference' Workshop Review   Crispin Thomas   Session  at Everton FC Extra Time Study Support Centre

An interesting  essay on poetry and Soccer  by poet/journalist Rosie Schaap in New York referencing our site and some of the  poets..Click here Poetry Foundation: Soccer & Poetry Article

INNER GOAL on Amazon   Crispin Thomas    the poetry of football..a journey in rhyme  (Illustrated/Paperback)
  Published by Football Poets Books  ISBN 9780955 737602     £8.09

"Poems in the street, the ground and the heart, poetry with balls!"  
Michael Foreman

"One of the pioneers of football poetry. Who ate all the pioneers"?"
Attila The Stockbroker

BOOK NOTES
A long-overdue and illustrated hard-copy paperback debut from football's maverick performance poet featuring 75  poems, 65 haikus and hand-drawn illustrations from the author.

SHOPS:
National Football Museum, Preston   Tel 01772 908442
Stroud Bookshop, 23 High Street, Stroud 01453 756646  
    

4 10TH ANNIVERSARY Football Poets . Editor Thanks .
      June 2000 - June 2010   12500+ poems on......


In June 2010 we celebrated 10 years of the Football Poets Website.
Clik in Ireland has written an in-depth piece below, so big thanks to Clik for being there through thick and thin, most especially when my wife was very ill. Much respect also to  you all  for contributing to support the site with your wonderfully diverse poems. One day we'll have instant translation here and an up-dated site -  given that football is an international language.Keep on.
Crispin Thomas Butterow. Stroud  (Editor 2000-2010 )

"Of all the things I've achieved in my life, I do take pride in the recognition and success the site has achieved - and all  from  a simple idea originating in the back room of a pub in Stroud in 2000".
Stuart Butler Rodborough Stroud 1.6.10 (Editor 2000-2005 )

On  behalf of all who have visited and / or contributed to the site in those ten years, I'd like to thank Stuart Butler and our ex-webmaster Dave Cockcroft, the founding fathers. And Crispin Thomas for his drive and enthusiasm since the beginning to keep the site as a living breathing adjunct to the wonderful world of Football, where we all get to daub our own little mascara'd touches to the face of the Beautiful Game.

During these past 10 years we've survived with 5 editors; Crispin, Stuart, Parry Maguire, Peter Goulding and myself. For the past 5 years we have been without a webmaster and with no funding but have inherited and sustained a wonderful yet antiquated site which still runs even if wildly un-modernised, like some old but much-loved football ground.
    
There are on the site, poems about every aspect of Football, and also how Football reaches into people's lives, in so many different ways.We take pride in the fact that we try to encourage fans of every age, gender, race, creed, colour, physiology and social standing to embrace the world of Football in poetry.

We have aligned with many worthy social initiatives to further encourage those aspirations, such as 'Kick It Out', 'Show Racism the Red Card', 'Word Up', 'Football Unites, Racism Divides', 'Give Us Back Our Game' , 'Philosophy Football', 'Kick Into Reading', The British Council and of course The British Library, who archived us for posterity as one of only 1000 recommended sites and for which we are very proud. We know we have a global reach, there are poems on the website from every continent on the planet. Our biggest restriction is that we can only accept poems in English.

We are also a conduit for schools - many of them have sent in the fruits of their wonderful efforts. As editors we pondered about how far to take the 'thank you's. We decided we're going to go for Oscar proportions! (With the obvious rider that if we've left anyone out - apologies in advance). There are too many individual contributors to mention - over 1,700 !

The full list can be seen under the 'Poets' link, but we decided to try and cram in up to 100 names here. And there are certainly many, more people who read and enjoy the poems on the website, including sections of the media, who make enquiries from time to time.

Of the prolific, Kevin Raymond, Peter Goulding and Parry Maguire top the listings. They have all produced their own poetry collections over time. Parry is in fact P Maguire / Toby Jones / Jules Rimet / Galeano's Ghost and possibly many more - she is an incredibly talented writer who has graced our site for most of the ten years.
Parry, Kevin and Peter have all made contributions behind the scenes for this site, and for that we are very grateful.

We're very proud of the fact that we have so many female fans contributing to the site, giving them a voice in Football that can sometimes be overlooked, including (but not limited to)...
Parry, Rosemary Dun, Non Humphries, Sharon B Ingle, Louise Ann Lacey, Hannah Brown, Nessa O'Mahony, Janet Clare, Elinor Romans, Livvy Hanks, etc etc .......

Our thanks to everyone recently contributing on a regular basis, including (but not limited to)...
Emdad Rahman, Khadim Hussain, SB Ingle, Darren O'Keeffe, Andy Lockett, Kevin Halls, Mark Merriman, Jim Dolbear, Tony Lewis-Jones, Mark Thomas, John Cox, Paul H Tubb, Paul T Conneally, Terry Oldham, Andrew Detheridge, Jon Tait, Keith Armstrong, Phil Brennan

And to previous stalwarts, including (but not limited to)...
Eddie Gibbons, Richie Hession, Joe Reid, George Kirby, Dennis Swift, Robbie Kennedy-Bennett, Poet Shot, Number Ten, Simon Parr, Alistair Wilkinson, David Foulkes, Gerry Lawrence, Ian Beesley, Michael Spring, Nick Fleischmann, Paul Collins, Michael Adubato

And the ex-pats reminiscing ... e.g.  Denys EW Jones from Italy, Hugh Morris/Llew Beaton from Australia, John J O'Connor from NY, Daniel McDonagh from Canada.  And for those who probably don't even have English as a first language .. we're guessing Gacina Bozidar, tri tran, Héber Bensi, Rohan Bendre, Ismail Bala Garba

And those from within the clubs, giving us their invaluable insights ... John Oliver (Newcastle) and Alan McKean (Bolton).
And the many academics and accomplished writers who obviously hold great store in the site - e.g. Willie Maley, Christopher T George, Thom Satterlee, Tomas de Faoite, Ted Smith-Orr, Matthew Paul, Pat Ingoldsby, Patrick B Osada, Ralph Hancock, Attilla the Stockbroker, Ian McMillan, etc, etc

Too many schools and students to mention, from many, many parts of the world, but what a great vibrant contribution they make
& also the community initiatives, e.g. the Learning Centres at ... West Ham Utd (ELG), Cambridge Utd, Newcastle Utd. And our thanks to the many, many people having fun with pseudonyms (including many incarnations of the iconic Bard).

And finally, a chance to commemorate annual events and  the anniversaries of various football tragedies, e.g. Hillsborough, Heysel, Bradford, Munich Air Crash  and the Christmas Truce of 1914. The various footballing events/ major competitions. From We  Euro 2000 to  the  FA Cup, African Cup of Nations, World Cups 02, 06 & '07 (Women's) and now having celebrated ten years with World Cup 2010. We hope there'll be plenty more inspiration for all our past, present and future contributors!  Regards

Clik the mouse Dublin. Ireland (Editor 2001-2010 )

Here are a few of our own earliest poems and a couple from just two of our long-time  contributors.

Football Time Stuart Butler Appeared 1st June 2000
Football Stuff Crispin Thomas  Appeared 10th June 2000
Desperately Immature, But.. Peter Goulding- Appeared 1st October 2003
The Save of The Century Kevin Raymond - Appeared  1st April 2005
The Ghosts From the Playground P Maguire -Appeared  26th October   2005

 


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