I remember him all those years ago,

Ploughing through the sleet and the mushy snow

One late December night at Upton Park,

Where pre-Christmas fixtures lit up the dark.


He made his move in his late middle age,

Flaunting his body on the public stage.

Far from Charles Atlas but certainly male,

Folds set to wobble and skin turning pale.


I recall the cold steamed up his glasses.

The players continued with their passes

As if nobody saw this naked man,

Shivering his way to a lengthy ban.


He was probably hoping for a cheer;

Perhaps somebody would put down their beer.

But unlike the cricket or rugby folk,

The football fans hardly noticed this bloke.


Caught by the stewards, grabbed by the police,

Wrapped in a blanket or some kind of fleece,

He probably felt a little relieved.

When he got back home, he was not believed.


Why did we enjoy such Seventies’ streaks?

They brightened up those boring days and weeks.

Across the turf, before astonished crowds,

These entertainers gambolled past, like clouds.

◄ The Little Book of Love

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 10th Jun 2021 21:30

Thanks, Ray. Yes, there was a lot of streaking, some more successful than others. I remember one poor bloke at a cricket match who fell over and didn't even get onto the field before he was apprehended.

Thanks to everyone else for the likes.

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Thu 10th Jun 2021 21:24

An intriguing social commentary on left field indulgences. It seemed to happen at that time, perhaps as a backlash against accepted norms. I was at a gig once where a musician did the same thing - firmly down to drink of course. Nice revisit Stephen.

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 9th Jun 2021 16:49

Thanks for the likes, Stephen A., Holden and Moon.girl.

Julie - yes, wasn't it a bearded bloke at a rugby match? He's probably in the House of Lords now. 'Carry on streaking' - it could still work.

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julie callaghan

Tue 8th Jun 2021 19:27

Thanks, made me smile. I think I remember there being a fuss over a streaker and a policeman’s helmet.. or was that a carry on film😁

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 8th Jun 2021 17:36

Oh yes! And, for different reasons, Michael Angelow at Lord's in 1975, just for the name and the John Arlott commentary.

The incident described in the poem goes back to 1979 or 1980. I saw it on TV. I think the guy kept his shoes and socks on.

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Leon Kamm

Tue 8th Jun 2021 17:32

Erica Rowe at Twickenham is firmly stuck in my mind!!!

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