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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, December 29, 2002
    Cookson - Rooney, wit and enthusiasm
    Bizarrely, my 2002 began and ended watching nil-nil draws involving Bolton Wanderers. The first, accompanying family to anfield, a dire game which was my nephew's first-ever, so notable for that only. Today, the Wayne Rooney show at Goodison Park. He did so, so much to thrill us, to warm our hearts, all but score. Which is the point of a striker. But despite that, we're on a high again tonight.

    I wonder how Paul Cookson is doing with his Everton project. My favourite Everton-Greenbelt-poet friend was commissioned by a publisher to do a diary of the 2002/3 Everton season, ie, write a poem for every game. The one he did during Greenbelt weekend was less about the game (Spurs, 2-2), and more about the terrible events in Soham unravelling at that time - footy in proper perspective. He's got a real good subject to work with now - Rooooonaldo!!! - and I can't wait to see how the wit and enthusiasm Paul expresses with his pen, match the wit and enthusiasm the Everton wonderkid displays on the park. Poetry. Yeah.