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Last Updated: Monday, 1 March, 2004, 12:37 GMT
Toshack's tribute to Charles
John Toshack
Former Liverpool and Wales forward John Toshack paid a moving tribute to Welsh legend John Charles during his funeral at Leeds Parish Church.

Toshack, who has previously had a book of poems published, read out the self-penned tribute about Charles, who died on 21 February.

'The Gentle Giant' by John Toshack

It really was an awesome sight, to see him moving in full flight
The greatest player I've ever seen, I'm sure you know the one I mean
A giant with a gentle touch, just watching him we learnt so much
A big man with a special gift, he gave his team-mates such a lift
In defence or in attack, nobody could hold him back
When the ball was in the air, opponents used to stand and stare
There wasn't a thing he couldn't do, King John, he scored goals and he stopped them too
As Welshman we worshipped the ground he trod, and in Italy they treated him like a god
But in spite of his undoubted fame, his character remained the same
And though his goals are in the past, the memories will always last
I think you know the one I mean, the greatest player that's ever been

God bless you John and may you rest in peace

Former Liverpool and Wales forward John Toshack
"God bless you John and may you rest in peace "

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