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Sunday, February 15, 2009


For Sunday Scribblings - Sports


Kippax, Kop
Stretford End
North Bank, South Bank
Fan-base blend
Murmur – calm
Cheer – thrill
Chant – passion
Whistle - shrill
Man to man
Heart to heart
Mouth to mouth
From the start
Outside Left
To Inside Right
To Centre Forward
Goal in sight
In the box
Odds-on bet
‘Keeper dives…
Offside, yet

Half-time news
Who’s in front?
Oohs and Aahs
Comments, blunt
Lukewarm Bovril
Tommy Hall’s
Greasy Joe’s
To line the walls

Second half
Goals galore
Rovers, Rovers
What’s the score?
(Rovers, what’s the score?)
Final blow
Who’s the best?
Now we know
Four-nil win
Fans depart
Pundits probe
Inquests start
Bus-ride home
Glad we came
So much more
Than just a game


  1. Hi Stan, those were the days...
    Maybe you'll remember this one:
    Don Revie said to Bertie Mee have you heard of the North Bank Highbury
    Don said No I don't think so but I've heard of the Kippax Boot Boys!

  2. I'm humming the tune to it right now.

  3. Yep, went to the odd game in my youth. Some, very odd.

  4. I like the form you used for this poem! The short and no-nonsense lines are perfect for sports.

  5. Thanks Anthony; I know exactly what you mean.

  6. Thanks Linda; But sport itself is becoming a bit of a nonsense, what with all the scandal.

  7. I like your tight form with the rhyme - it makes this piece very enjoyable to read.

    The last half of the last stanza made me chuckle. It is more than just a game, isn't it?

  8. Thanks Texasblu; Oh yes - anyone can play games. Football is an art, or as Pele called it, 'The Beautiful Game'.

  9. a weird way describing the game, but great!

  10. This might be a duplicate..? This delightful piece is far better than the sports of today...Nice read!

  11. Thanks to:
    Latree; Some of the terms used are a little old fashioned now.
    Tumblewords; Only got it once - I'm thinking back 25-30 years, when I went to the match regularly for a few seasons.

  12. I could clearly imagine a game in progress ... loved the human factor involved here ..

  13. Thanks Pretty Me; For the fans, it's a way of life.