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21/8/2006

SPORTS ARGUS 50’s Style
..poetry from Yvone Powell


‘Sports Argus’, it was different this paper it was Pink,
Such a peculiar colour for sports news, one would think.

Not so very masculine for results of every sport,
Most of them played by men better blue I would have thought.

However, it was my job to the shop each Saturday
For ‘The Argus’ and 5 Woodbine ‘Don’t lose the money on the way’.

It didn’t seem to matter to my Dad at fever pitch.
He checked all the football results always hoping we’d be rich!

We never did win anything but didn’t really mind,
As our family’s love and riches in no paper would you find.

Dad, home from work on Friday night a paper bag so full of sweets,
For my Sister and me, if we’d been good we couldn’t wait to eat.

We shared them all with Mom and Dad, watched TV in black and white
Spent the time snuggled up so close ‘til it was time to say Goodnight.

But each Saturday, without a doubt, ‘The Sports Argus’ Dad would pore,
We’d be quiet, and hold our breath, at least until we knew the score.

Saturday soon came around each week to the paper shop I’d go,
So that Dad could check his football pools, here we go again. Oh No!

Now here in this new century the ‘Pink Paper’ is no more
With new ways and technology to find our hero’s scores.

But the ‘Argus’ as I knew it, though I never understood,
It was the ‘bible’ of the working man who had soccer in his blood.

(c) Yvone Powell

Yampy note: It was recently announced that the 109 year old Sports Argus was to be axed. Modern communications technology, together with the increasing tide of non-Saturday fixtures, were cited as reasons behind the decision