Not That You Won or Lost but………………

“For When the One Great Scorer
comes to write against your name,
He writes – not that you Won or Lost
but How You Played the Game.”

I was so pleased to receive the  full poem from John Miles (see 6th comment on this link) – many thanks John.

This discussion has been ongoing since I first posted a question about  these magical sportsmanship words back in December 2008  and subsequently in Jan 2010. However, I still wonder why the attached beautiful graphic (which used to hang in my parents’ bedroom  in Dublin in the 1950s) refers to Newbolt? Does anyone know?

For when the one Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but, how you played the game.
Ask your local coach to post this verse on his/her noticeboard. Spread the word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can download this as a poster by clicking on it or print it out and post it onto a notice board, or a dressing room.

11 thoughts on “Not That You Won or Lost but………………

  1. Paul,
    I have on my desk, framed (by ‘Boots framing department’)some years ago, an exact replica of your own illuminated script. And I have also pondered whether it was Newbolt or Rice!
    Can’t help, but get a lot of reassurance from looking at those 4 lines.
    Jon

  2. This sign or one almost just like it was on the wall of the school I attended about 58 or 59 years ago. If not mistaken it was attributed to Cardinal Cushing.

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