Francis Duggan

The Ex Footballing Hero - Poem by Francis Duggan

The town's man of the year in nineteen sixty one
From the goal he kicked after the siren the Premiership was won
On Grand Final day he was the best on the ground
Back then men like him were quite hard to be found
A renowned Aussie Rules player one of the best,
One never found to be wanting when put to the test
He played the game hard but he always was fair
Back when he was young with a head of dark hair
A grand dad in his mid seventies his best days long gone
Yet the lust for life in him keeps him keeping on
Looked up to by the present day players at the Football Club
And he still enjoys a few beers at the local pub
But the years have left him looking weary and gray
The ex footballing hero of a bygone day.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 20, 2009

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