Gael Force Eleven

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 What if we could forget about religion?
Maybe divide by ancient race, keep the English borders
What would be the final decision
If we came up with a team, of Celtic marauders?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Because of the embarrassment, of attacking riches
A variant of the old ‘W’ formation, will take to the field
But we’ll exclude Ireland, when it comes to selecting pitches
The wounds of Euro 2008 humiliation, have yet to be healed

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 We won’t denigrate the Scottish keepers, that might be improper
So who to patrol, a goalmouth muddy?
Pat Jennings, undoubtedly, the best shot stopper
With Neville Southall, an able understudy

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 To have to exclude the full backs, is really such a shame
Danny McGrain, Shay Brennan, Dennis Irwin, Tony Dunne
All solid, dependable, reliable, each a credit to the game
What a pity the team structure, won’t even allow for one

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 And so to a laid back three, rather than a resolute four
Hansen, Lawrenson, and McGrath, is what consensus chooses
Aitken, McNeill, Gough and McQueen, all hardcore
But just imagine the bruises!

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 And then to midfield, to mix teak and cheek
Someone to take no prisoners, another to raise the smiles
One from : Souness, Bremner, Keane : the knees go weak
A cultured Liam ‘Chippy’ Brady, edges out dapper Johnny Giles

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Which brings us, to the wizards on the wing, where one stands out from the rest
Spellbound, by snaking hips, dazzling feet and flying jigs
There’s no-one can touch, the magical Georgie Best
But what better substitute, than a rampant Ryan Giggs?

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Every selection, has to have a personal favourite
Much as I loved wee Jimmy Johnstone, jinking down the right
I’ll stand by my choice, and savour it
The hypnotic Pat Nevin, is my own ultimate delight

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 But who could possibly argue, that the following three wouldn’t score
A guaranteed goal machine, combining with such intelligent force
A three pronged attack, of Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Denis Law
But then again, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion of course

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Some might prefer a more battering ram approach, so for backup
There’s Dougan, Jordan, Stapleton, Toshack and Hughes
Who’d pay to watch such a mighty line-up?
Well just bring on England’s finest … and make way for the queues!



Harry Gregg, John Charles and Jim Baxter, all before my time
Just like many others, undoubtedly great in their prime
But I’ll only trust, in what mine own eyes have seen
So if you disagree, then poetically vent your spleen

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/gael-force-eleven/