Paul Scholes – a poetic tribute

Hi all, Musa here.  I’m a huge football fan, above all of Manchester United, and when Paul Scholes recently retired I thought I could express my feelings best through a poem.  So, here it is: I hope you like it.


In his first few years at United,

He wasn’t seen as the danger.

It was just Beckham, Keane, Giggs –

And some ginger.

Sometimes, he seemed to bring his shyness

Onto the field of play,

Waiting politely for everyone to enter the box

Before he did:

After you, after you,

Letting his other team-mates approach,

Then sending ahead the ball, and, last of all,

Silently slipping in at the far post:

Head down, always down, in an aggressive burst,

Like a fervent worshipper arriving late for church.

I don’t know how he managed

To stay so long out of the media’s sight.

Perhaps because his shots travelled faster than the speed of hype.

Perhaps it was his playing style, elegant and minimal,

Often seeing even two-touch as too much.

Whatever his ploy, it was several seasons till I heard his voice,

Since those quietly great have others to speak for their legend:

People like Zidane, who considered him an equal.

He was a man of erratic passion,

Followed by fiery confetti

Throughout his career, conjuring plumes of red and yellow

From topmost pockets:

But those sins are forgiven

For all the rhythm he brought to endless games,

Over which on YouTube we can cast our endless gaze.

Paul Scholes: twenty-four medals, all told:

He came, he saw;

He scored goals.


UPDATED: Musa’s other poem, on Messi for The Independent blog is breathtaking. Click here


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2 Responses to Paul Scholes – a poetic tribute

  1. Pierre_Ali says:

    Wonderful. Very nice.

  2. One reason why i’m always sitting in the front of my tv-set every week end. I will miss ur long pass ur one torch and swager. PAUL SCHOLES forever in our mind u are EVER GREEN.

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