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A Thousand Fathers

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Victory has a thousand sires,
Of credit each claims portion.
Defeat’s progenitors are unknown,
The poor mite is an orphan.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The Winning Team’s supporters

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 “We really were the Twelfth Man today –
Throughout the match kept up our deafening roar.
Even when the Lads were two down.
For we don’t only sing when we’re winning, us.”

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The Winning Team’s Manager

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 “That substitution I made midway through the Second Half,
A masterstroke, turning point of the game really.
Not to mention my motivation skills,
If I hadn’t kept bawling from the dugout…”

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 The Winning Team’s Players

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 “We earned our corn today,
Didn’t give in, kept plugging away,
Two-nil down, three-two up,
We never say die, us.”

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Victory has a thousand dads,
Each wants his share of glory.
But when they’re on the losing side,
Why, it’s a different story.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 The Losing Team’s Supporters

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 “Don’t blame us, we played our part.
Unlike that bunch of wallies on the park.
Can’t think why we bother,
They’re not fit to wear the Shirt, that lot.”

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The Losing Team’s Manager

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 “Ok, I pick the team, but it’s them on the pitch.
I can’t help it if they miss sitters,
Fluff spot-kicks, throw away two-goal leads.
As for the ref, oh, don’t get me started on the ref!”

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 The Losing Team’s Players

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 “Ain’t our fault, we di’n’t do nuffink.
It woz Gaffer wot told us to ease up,
Save energy for next week’s Cup replay.
And the vocal support? Quiet as a morgue!”

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 A thousand fathers Victory has,
As noted JFK,
She is the fruit of ten-hundred loins,
While glum Defeat’s a waif.

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 12/10/10
Denys E. W. Jones

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Notes

“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Editors: Great poem Denys – regards to fair Italy.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/a-thousand-fathers/