Poetry in motion

Dennis Swift's new collection of football rhyms and poems at his home on Tyldesley Old Road, Atherton
Dennis Swift's new collection of football rhyms and poems at his home on Tyldesley Old Road, Atherton
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A FOOTBALL mad poet has released a book with work from the last 15 years.

Dennis Swift, from Atherton, has compiled a number of poems inspired by his experiences at football games from up and down the country.

And after more than two decades of writing, he has managed to get a large quantity published in Football Rhymes of Passion; grass-roots and puddles.

Dennis, who is a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers, has written poems about almost every aspect of football.

From the pies in the stand to the players on the pitch, it is in the book - including one entitled Sam Allardyce’s Lucky Underpants, which is reproduced here.

Dennis, of Tyldesley New Road, Atherton, said: “I’ve actually been doing it for 25 years and I still love it.

“Until the powers of computers though, they have all been written on paper.

“I’ve managed to store them all now and it has taken around 15 years to compile.

“Sales have been going really well so far and I’m hoping to get it on sale in the Wanderers club shop too.”

There is far more to the book than just Bolton though with many being on what it’s like to be a fan of a football club in the north.

Dennis says it suits anyone from the North West and hopes that it will prove a real winner by flying off the shelf.

He added: “I’ve sold some to Australia recently, I think five went over there.

“I really think the book is one of a kind; some of the rhymes are funny whereas some are quite sad while others have a hint of rage about them.

“I love going to the football and the whole day surrounding it, which has really inspired the book.

“I’ve had recognition over the year with schools asking to use my poems.

“I also wrote one about a Weatherspoons pub and the company asked if they could use it for themselves.”

The book is only available to purchase online at the moment at www.lulu.com, priced at £7.99.