Away Strips – A Security Warning

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 If you see something that doesn’t look right,
City in peachy orange, an improbable sight,
West Bromwich Albion in shorts of canary,
Teams wearing candy-stripes (colours may vary)
Turquoise or Biscuit or Aquamarine
(Oh, the hideous away strips I’ve seen!),
Speak to staff and denounce the crime:
Those new fashionistas are making a dime
Persuading Dads to fork out all the time
On a daft away strip in magenta and lime
When there’s no need to change; there’s no colour clash
And alternative kits are, increasingly, trash
So why let these garish rebarbative hues
Usurp our familiar reds, whites and blues?
If you see something that doesn’t look right
Speak to staff and join the fight
See it, say it, sorted.



Whenever I hear the Security Announcement on a railway station, I am struck by the rhythmical quality of the opening words. I am also fascinated by football strips, and enjoy seeing new variations on traditional themes. However, I have been dismayed by some of the second and third kits being worn away from home this season, quite arbitrarily, for the sole purpose of selling merchandise.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/away-strips-a-security-warning/