Friday, September 14, 2012
Total Goalnets - Roda JC Kerkrade
Wives saw men of the explosion
Larger than in life they managed
Gold as on a coin or walking
Somehow from the sun towards them
The coal-mines of the southern Netherlands are long closed, and Roda JC, the coal-miners club, have moved on to box goal nets and the flash Parkstad Limburg.
But like the miners in Philip Larkin's The Explosion quoted at the beginning of this post, the club's past and their proud, simple, industrial A-frames at the old Sportpark Kaalheide are now silhouetted in the mind, like a colliery wheel against a golden sunset.