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COYFGR ~ Forest Green v Dover Athletic

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 My seat was down the front, right by the pitch,

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 With a view right out to open fields, new leaf trees,

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Scudding clouds, a grand sky horizon, and two billboards

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 That tried to send their message down to the New Lawn:

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 ‘Neil Carmichael, A Better and More Secure Future’,

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 But David Drew was oblivious to this as he walked around the pitch,

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 As was Dale Vince, applauding the manager at the end,

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 After the news came through that Macclesfield had only drawn,

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 And so this team from the little market town of Nailsworth,

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Was definitely through to the play-offs.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The afternoon was a great reminder of why football still counts:

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 The awards to the women’s team denoting some equality of status,

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 The name Ecotricity, the union jacks in green,

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 The banner referencing Martin Luther King,

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 The ground on a street called Another Way,

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 The vegetarian cuisine in a meat free zone,

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 The minute’s silence remembering the fire at Bradford City,

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 Broken only by the sound of a solitary aircraft flying high above,

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 The boys walking around, rattling their buckets:

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 ‘Any spare change for the youth teams?’

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 When it’s like this, I can like football again.

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 See you Wednesday.

Editor Note
Nice one Stu. A nervy game but hey ho we’re there. (No cries of “boring boring Rovers” either!) The verggie-burger driven afternoon was also something of a Football Poets re-union with Gabriel Raeburn and Dennis Gould.

Stu and I are back on Wednesday , tickets in hand,..when I will have one eye on my other little team Chelsea..so COYFGR and COYB..Crispin

Click here to visit Stuart’ Butler’s innovative website::’A Guide to The Radical History of Stroud and the Five Valleys’

Appendix:
Editor Note : Stu and I will be there! COYG Crispin

Appendix:
Dale Vince, OBE, is a “green energy” tycoon,[4] former New Age traveller,[5] and British industrialist who has become noteworthy as the outspoken[6] owner of the green electricity company Ecotricity.[7] He is a vegan.

. He spent time as a New Age traveller. In 1991 he saw his first windfarm In 1995 he founded the Renewable Energy Company] In 1996 he launched his first wind turbine supplying “green electricity”
In 2010 he became a major shareholder of Forest Green Rovers F.C.
Three months after joining the club as a majority shareholder, Vince became the club chairman.

Neil Carmicheal : Local Conservative candidate for Stroud.

David Drew. Local Labour candidate for Stroud..

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/coyfgr-forest-green-v-dover-athletic/