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The Beautiful Poetry of Football Commentary

Charlie Eccleshare

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Football (Soccer, Association football)

A joyous anthology of iconic snippets of football commentary presented as poems. Featuring scholarly/tongue-in-cheek analysis by The Athletic's Charlie Eccleshare. The perfect humorous and nostalgic gift for any football fan.

Roma have risen from their ruins!
Manolas, the Greek God in Rome!
The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes.
This was not meant to happen, this could not happen . . . this is happening!
Peter Drury

If football is the beautiful game, then commentators are its poets.

Whether it's the brevity of Barry Davies, the boundless enthusiasm of Clive Tyldesley or the sheer eloquence of Peter Drury's monologues, the canon of football commentary is replete with memorable lines that would have some of the great classical orators nodding in appreciation. Curated by football journalist Charlie Eccleshare, The Beautiful Poetry of Football Commentary is a glorious anthology of iconic lines, set out as poems, celebrating the best commentators that have ever graced a microphone. Each poem is accompanied by 'scholarly' analysis capturing the enduring power of language on the beautiful game.

So, drink it in, and immerse yourself in classic verse from Ali Brownlee, Andy Gray, Brian Moore, David Coleman, John Motson, Jon Champion, Jonathan Pearce, Kenneth Wolstenholme, Martin Tyler, and many more.

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Charlie Eccleshare

Charlie Eccleshare is a football journalist for The Athletic, mainly covering Tottenham Hotspur. He joined in 2019 after five years writing about football and tennis at The Telegraph. He is a co-host of the Football Cliches podcast which explores the glorious and unique language of football.

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