Ireland could not equalise,
Bingham had us on the ropes.
Joy in our near-neighbours’ eyes,
Banishing our U.S. hopes.
Where our superstars had failed,
Alan relished the occasion.
Where some bigger nerves had failed,
His now balanced the equation.
Never one to be the bride,
Content with a supporting role,
Called at last into the side
And scored the all-important goal.
Took the corner in his stride,
Rifled it into the net.
Hail the shy and blushing bride!
Alan, we will ne’er forget.