George

Below is a poem my father wrote following the death of one of his favourite cricketers:-

I read today of the passing of a giant
the demise of a cricketing super giant
“George” Statham is the hero,
of the lush green sward.
A demon pace bowler with gentlemanly grace.
A competitor with steely determination and massive heart.
An athlete who did no know how to say,
that is enough.
But to keep on striving to win the day.
The man Statham,
the man who knew the rules.
The man who played hard,
but always fair.
Statham the Lancashire man,
the Icon of England’s glory days.

James B. Mollekin
Swinton
12 December 2000

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