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West Brom-loving poet pens book on 60 years of following the Albion through thick and thin

A lifelong West Bromwich Albion fan has published a book of poems about his beloved club.

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Snarka the Poet, aka Mark Whitehouse, with copies of The Albion - Poetry in Motion

Mark "Snarka" Whitehouse has penned 32 poems about following the Albion for 60 years.

The Albion - Poetry In Motion is believed to be the only book of poems about a single club ever published.

Snarka, who was given his nickname at school from Lewis Carroll's Hunting the Snark poem, told the Express & Star: "I was 14 months old when I went to my first Albion game, against Liverpool in 1962, and I've followed them ever since.

"I reckon I've met more than 1,000 friends and fellow fans over the years and my poems are about the club but also the characters I've met over the years."

Poems include Oldham With The Old Man which is about a 15-year-old Snarka trying to convince his dad to not to join him on an away day to Oldham Athletic in 1976 when the Albion got promoted. His dad joined the teenage away day and they made a memory for life. And 5-1 Molineux which chronicles WBA's greatest victory against their rivals from Wolverhampton.