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Ray Simpson / 14th April 2021

Gavin Ellis and the season when time stood still -- part 13

Gavin Ellis and the season when time stood still -- part 13

More from the Darlo bard

Lifelong darlo fan Gavin Ellis has put together a series of poems about the 2019-20 season which was curtailed because of Covid.

Here, he looks at the games in January 2020:




Today’s opponents Alfreton are led by Billy Heath

Who screams and bawls and shouts at them, he just can’t grit his teeth

Another side who’ve come to play football in the air

Our necks are stretching yet again, this is hard to bear


Adam Campbell on the charge surrounded by five men

Breaks into the Alfie box and scores a goal again

And then he springs the offside trap to score once more and star

Alfreton are going berserk, we don’t have VAR


Then as the game approaches time, the fans become more jolly

As Donawa meets a swift free kick and rams home on the volley

Billy Heath’s gone quiet now, his team have failed to win

But those who’ve shared his dug-out will need some Anadin






We travel down to Guiseley, a small town near Leeds

A midweek fixture once again, just what nobody needs

We must keep working hard and producing quality footy

In the home of Ramsdens’ fish and chips and children’s puppet Sooty


The Quakers start at lightning pace, Donawa’s taken out

Campbell slots the spot kick home, scores without a doubt

Adam Campbell scores from the penalty spot


Moments later in our box our backs are in a tangle

Allowing Kane Felix to equalise from a very narrow angle


We’ve got Will Hatfield in our ranks, Guiseley’s former star

He picks the ball up in midfield and shoots again from far

And though Guiseley press and press, our defending stays quite tight

Another victory on the road and a good night’s sleep tonight




We always take a numerous crowd to Chester Diva Stadium

And then play like comedians who grace London’s Palladium

Chester’s ground sits on an industrial estate

Yet every time we come here we seem to lack workrate


Our midfield lynchpin Hatfield is out injured today

He pulled his hamstring in midweek, how will his stand-in play?

Atkinson gets dispossessed just by the centre circle

Jackson breaks away and scores to make his face turn purple


A second half embarrassment, this isn’t very nice

Chester add two further goals and from set pieces, twice

Yet again we’ve not performed in England’s deep North West

Whenever we play Chester we’re never at our best