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Now Big Mal’s gone to ground in the sky,
With his wisdom of the working mans ballet
With his big la di dah and a dazzling smile*
Made Maine Road the place to be of a Saturday
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That showdown with Clough on ‘The Big Match’
Between two titans of the working class game
‘Old Big Ead’ and him hammer and tong went at it
Though in ego size both were the same.
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There ain’t too many left, like Moore, Osgood or Best,
And Bobby Smith who’s just joined them in Heaven
Now the coach what done most for the fans at Maine Road
Will be like a kid in a sweetshop, picking God’s first eleven!