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Thread #37933 Message #2716707
Posted By: MGM·Lion
05-Sep-09 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: Sporting hero songs?
Subject: RE: Sporting hero songs?
I used to watch Tommy Lawton play — have never seen a striker [or centre-forward as the proper English term has it] who could score with such nonchalant elegance. Brilliant song above by Harvey Andrews.
About the second or third post of this thread mentions the song about Joseph Baker, the runner 'who lived in Delamere': nobody seems to have pointed out it was one of the firmly Cheshire-based songs of Peter Coe of that county:- "And sportsmen came from far and near To challenge Baker's speed; From every place, in every race, They strove to do that deed. For a butcher came from Nantwich, And a baker came from Sale, And a sailor came from Birkenhead, And a grocer came from Hale" [all towns in Cheshire - from memory: if I've misremembered the detail - sorry Pete].