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Noel King Once Wrote A Book Of Poetry About Football

Noel King Once Wrote A Book Of Poetry About Football
By PJ Browne
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At the end of Liam Mackey's piece in Saturday's Irish Examiner about Noel King's conflict with RTÉ during the international break, Mackey mentions that on his bookshelf lies a book of poetry about football by the Ireland interim manager.

Meantime, I’d like to record here the little-known fact that King once published a book of poems about football – I still have a copy on my shelves. But after the couple of weeks he’s just put in, I’d be very disappointed if his long awaited literary follow-up isn’t a novel of the blockbuster kind, an epic ode to the joys of the beautiful game..

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A quick Twitter search showed that Mackey was not the only one to own a copy of this rare text.

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You have to wonder, what other facts do we not know about Irish managers of the past? Does Brian Kerr have a book of haikus? Does Stan have a book of short stories about abut his adventures at Walsall?

And surely one of these poems by King is titled 'Umpteen'.

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