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From Rochdale To Rome

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 We started with a win over Vetra
Goals from Zamora, Murphy and Seoul
AJ got a brace in the return
Dickson Etuhu heading home the other goal

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Next up are Russian side Perm
The Whites win with a 3-2 aggregate score
The Cottagers’ through to the group stage
We’re all going on a European Tour…!!!

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 After a draw with Sofia
Fulham then hosted Basel
Narrowly winning 1-0
Thanks to Murphy our Captain Marvel

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Italian giants Roma came along to Craven Cottage
Brede Hangeland rising highest to score
Schwarzer saves from the spot as Kelly sees red
Though the Romans pinch a last minute goal to draw

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 So to the return – Fulham at the Stadio Olimpico
A sign that we’ve come so far
The Fulham faithful are in dreamland
As Kamara puts us ahead from 12 yards

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Though a famous win it wasn’t to be
As Konchesky and Nevland both saw red
A fine header from Stefano Okaka
And deflected effort from Riise put the tie to bed

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Sofia and Basel are then both beaten
As we progress from Group E
Thanks to goals from the front two
Of Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zee

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 And so to the knockout stage
With Fulham drawn against the holders from Ukraine
Gera gives The Londoners a dream start
But Adriano soon levels in the pouring rain

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Fulham’s winner comes from Zamora
Defeating the holders of Shaktar
A venemous strike from 25 yards
That flies in off the bar

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Fulham were then drawn against the favourites
The mighty Juventus from Turin
Dickson scores a vital away goal
But the Italians come away with a 3-1 win

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 March 18th 2010
A day no Fulham fan will ever forget
Juventus dampen the Cottage crowd
As Trezeguet fires the ball into the back of Schwarzer’s net

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 However the tide changes quickly
With Zamora leveling for Roy’s men
Italy’s World Cup hero Cannavaro sees red
As Juventus are reduced to ten

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 Etuhu and Davies both hit the woodwork
Before Gera scores with a close range shot
Damien Duff’s cross then hits Diego on the hand
Without hesitation the ref points to the spot

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 Forget turning, the tide had turned
Maybe this was our day
Zoltan Gera stepped up
And sent the keeper the wrong way

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 Clint came off the bench
With the game nearing extra time
He picked up a pass from Etuhu and attempted an ambitious chip
Having spotted Cimenti off his line

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 The ball hung in the air for what seemed an eternity
Before finally nestling in the back of the Juve net
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again
A moment no Fulham fan will ever forget!

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 Dempsey sends the fans into raptures
Undoubtedly the goal of the night
The fans sing and chant his name
He scores with his left
He scores with his right…

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 German Champions Wolfsburg are then despatched
As we confound the experts once more
Two from Zamora, One from Duff
Fulham march into the last 4!

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 The Semi Final at The Cottage doesn’t start well
As we go one down to a stunning strike from Petric
The half time whistle goes with Hamburg well on top
Roy needs to inspire to help dig his side out of a ditch

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 With twenty to go Davies scores brilliantly out of nothing
Fulham are back in with a shout
The old ground is rocking
For the first time in the tie Hamburg start to doubt

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 Five minutes later Davies whips in a corner
The Germans fail to clear
Gera turns and smashes home
Then sprints to the fans as they jump and cheer

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 Fulham are in the Europa League Final
No this isn’t a joke – I’m not trying to kid
After many months and miles the Fulham faithful travel to Hamburg
As we take on the glamour boys from Madrid

23 Leave a comment on verse 23 0 Atletico strike first blood
Forlan scoring for the boys in red
But this team is made of strong stuff
Every man in that Fulham shirt keeps his head

24 Leave a comment on verse 24 0 We level just 5 minutes later
A great run from Bobby draws Fulham close
He feeds Gera who stands the ball up
For Davies to volley home superbly at the back post

25 Leave a comment on verse 25 0 The game goes to extra time
And with talk of penalties beginning to start
Diego Forlan pops up with the winner
To break Fulham hearts

26 Leave a comment on verse 26 0 Roy Hodgson’s European heroes
Will go down in Fulham folklore
Alongside the maestro Johnny Haynes
And the legendary Bobby Moore!

27 Leave a comment on verse 27 0 And that is the tale of Fulham’s
Remarkable European tour
With Hughes and Hangeland keeping teams out
And Zamora and Gera always likely to score!

28 Leave a comment on verse 28 0 We have come along way in the last 15 years
From the depths of division three
To a decade in the best league in the world
Al Fayed’s boys rise has been there for all to see

29 Leave a comment on verse 29 0 We spent two years at Loftus Road
But in 2004 gladly returned home
We’ve been from Scunthorpe to Sofia
Hereford to Hamburg, From Rochdale to Rome

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/from-rochdale-to-rome/