A Scots Laddie Called Cameron Buchanan

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Wartime fixtures
uniform players in pictures
limited footballing
because the country came calling

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 In their prime, at their best
they took their boots, played as a guest
all class and professions
receiving orders, learning lessons

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The football clock ticked on
many a man signed up and gone
back home supporters were lifted
when they saw the talent, the gifted

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Come, there are football games
come, there are famous names
keeping the home shirts warm
come see players out of uniform

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Let it be said there was more
whilst all about, the talk of war
blackouts, sirens kept sounding
panic, heart beats a pounding

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Out ran Cameron Buchanan
a Scots laddie called Cameron Buchanan
what a feeling that must have been
for Cameron Buchanan, aged fourteen

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 They called on Cameron Buchanan
Holytown’s Cameron Buchanan
living a youngsters dream
playing for Wolves, my home town team

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 He later did play for Bournemouth
and to Canada he took his boots
also to Norwich City
retiring back near to his roots

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Now he left this world in Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy, I know it well
this wee tale of Cameron Buchanan
is a tale that I wanted to tell

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 It wasn’t always household names
playing in the wartime games
his chance he deservedly took
now his name is written in the clubs history book

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Here’s to Cameron Buchanan
North Lanarkshire’s Cameron Buchanan
let’s praise, and turn that old clock back
a fourteen year old wearing gold and black

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Cameron Buchanan


CAMERON BUCHANAN, the laddie from Holytown, North Lanarkshire who during World War 2, became the youngest player to play senior football aged 14 years and 57 days when he turned out for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/a-scots-laddie-called-cameron-buchanan/