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I’m told when nights are cold in boozers down The Old Kent Road
Twenty minutes walk or so from The Old Den
There’s talk of a full back that could tackle a rake of wild feral cats
Harry Cripps who was idolized amongst South east London men.
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For Harry Cripps was tough, made of pretty stern stuff
Been known to have two wingers in his half time tea
A pure bred Millwall docker, who was pretty good at the soccer
When Harry finished they were lucky to be breathing.
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Folks called Harry raving mad, to die hard Lions fans that’s sad
Harry wasn’t graced with barrow loads of skill
But a heart made from an oak made a South east London bloke
A legend, Lions punters speak of avidly still
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What did Harry earn as dough? Not that much as far as I know
But those were days when money didn’t count
Blokes like Harry played each week, earned a pittance so to speak
Eamon Dunphy’s book tells what such times were about.
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Did Harry ever play for England? Are the docks of Millwall in the Midlands?
Blokes like Harry rarely got that chance
Was he what you’d call a sweeper, a leader like that Uwe Seeler?
Nah. Harry was what you would call…well hard.
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How would the likes of Harry fare today? I once heard a pundit say
In these times of dieing swans who feign and scream?
I’m not sure to tell the truth but if Harry went right through em
Play-acting? They’d do that in A and E.
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There was Storey of the Arsenal, Crazy Horse at Anfield
Chopper who was tough at Stamford Bridge
Ah but when the nights get cold in boozers down The Old Kent Road
True Lions fans speak highly of Harry Cripps!