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Friendly Matches by Allan Ahlberg

Friendly Matches

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A wonderful collection of poetry covering all the ups and downs of football. Marvellous stuff from the author of those playground classics Heard it in the Playground and Please Mrs Butler.


Friendly Matches by Allan Ahlberg

Friendly Matches is poetry for children at its best, combining wit and wisdom with occasionally heartbreaking humour tinged with sadness. And the real joy of this fine collection by Allan Ahlberg is that boys will simply love it (no matter if they are 7 or 67).

This neat little book is packed with 29 poems about the ups and downs of football, following the boys who want to play for England, to the kids who don't get picked for the teams in the playground, through to school football matches and games in the park: dreamers galore, waiting to score that all important goal for England.


'Clever, funny and nostalgic, the collection is a delight, perfectly complemented by Wegner's comic illustration' - Sunday Times

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg was born in Croydon in 1938, but grew up in Oldbury, near Birmingham. From the age of twelve, his dream was to be a writer. Before he fulfilled his ambition, he tried his hand at a variety of other jobs including postman, grave digger, plumber's mate and teacher. He is much loved by teachers throughout the country for his two phenomenally successful poetry collections, Heard it in the Playground and Please, Mrs Butler, which look at the funny side of life at school.

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Publication date

1st August 2002


Allan Ahlberg

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Penguin Books Ltd


Paperback (b Format)
96 pages


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Educational: English literature



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