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County Cup Tie

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Rusty orange & red wings of the Gateshead Angel
like the pitted side of a bent Vauxhall Astra
in some forgotten corner of a scrap yard.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Lost among the pylons,
old shunters in railway sidings,
huge round gas cylinders &
portakabins of an industrial estate.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Loose hanging white goal nets
from metal goal frames
hung off a bar stool,
black clarts heavy with river silt
in the worn goalmouth.
Pools of water in the dipped white lime lines.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 After, the steady thump of darts
pounding the board
& a rap of dominoes
tapping the table top
in the Welfare Club.
Foamy tops of pints ruby in the glass.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Orange & white neon street lights
Shimmering across the inky black Tyne.

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/county-cup-tie/