Half-mast they hung, damply drooped along a suburban South Manchester railing: twelve miniature St George’s cross’ in mourning. The last of the dozen had been graffiti-ed at some point in the past few days, a word in each white field: it/ didn’t /come /home.

Then, in hurried, slanted cursive, an apologetic addendum for both the bunting owner and everyone South of Gretna: ‘Sorry!’

Except, was it ever coming home? For football’s home isn’t Hull, Manchester or Wembley Way; it’s Queens Park in Glasgow, where a group of young men amended the rules of a rugged game to introduce dribbling and…


Half-mast they hung, drooped along the railing: twelve miniature St George’s cross in mourning. One had been graffitied at some point in the past few days, a word in each white rectangle: it/ didn’t /come /home -then, tacked on slanted at the end, an addendum for both the bunting owner and the nation as a whole: ‘sorry!’

Except, was it ever returning? For football’s home isn’t Hull, Manchester or Wembley Way; it’s Queens Park, Glasgow, where a group of young men amended the rules of a rugged game to introduce dribbling and passing, and so the beginnings of what we…


Creative -reflective essay for The Cluny, October 2017:

September is brilliant for layering and melancholy. As an afternoon storm buccaneers in I’m horizontal, eyeing outside suspiciously and half- wondering where all the summer went. I moved house, went home, returned. Soaked, chaperoned bees. Raced, sailed, dazzled defenders. Organised leaves of abandoned paper, curled like deceased bugs, countless times across my desk.

Still, what I missed, forgot or skipped outstrips a goal or a homecoming: too broke to travel anywhere new; too lazy, slumbering, to seize opportunity, more than i’d like to admit: I don’t have a portfolio, still can’t dice…

Lucky Jim

Mark Lawrenson stan

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