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Fifers Day 1938

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 A dressing room team talk on cup final day,
‘Believe in yourselves and show you can play’.
‘We all have a chance how small or how great’,
But to win or to lose could be fate?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 From the very first whistle their defence stayed strong,
But it had to be asked for how long.
A division two team were under attack,
A relentless opponent kept pushing them back.
Killie snarled and roared,
Then McKerrell the Fifer unleashed a great strike,
The minnows from Methil had scored.
I read that the tide then turned for Killie,
Twice the Fifers were forced to concede.
Odds on favourites were Killie,
On course at half time with a two one lead.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The teams then returned to commence,
Surely not an upset could a Killie fan sense.
For the next ten minutes the men from Fife,
Hung on to their footballing life.
Then on the hour came the Fifers reply,
Killie were behind when McLeod twisted high.
His acrobatic goal that day was a gem,
They nae lost the lead again.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Extra time beckoned for the two weary teams,
The Scottish Cup Final and football dreams.
A bosses team talk is believe what I say,
‘This is to be an underdog day’.
Black and gold coloured supporters then roared,
Miller for the Fifers had scored.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Killie then faded with the afternoon light.
Their dream of this trophy was soon out of sight.
In I938 came a memorable day,
Over 91,000 watched this final replay.
When McKerrell scored goal number four,
He sent many a Killie to the exit door.
This game now became well beyond doubt,
The gold and black colours once again came out.
East Fife 4 Kilmarnock 2,
The trophy that year went to Bayview.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 © Robbie Kennedy Bennett

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Notes

In 1938 East Fife became the only Second Division team to win the Scottish Cup

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/fifers-day-1938/