I Should Have Played For Ladybank Violet

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Not ever in my sporting prime,
Whatever talent I had of mine,
And skill that I did unearth,
Did I take to the land of my fathers’ birth.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I should have played for Ladybank Violet,
A scout may have seen me and signed for Dundee.
I could have been capped for Scotland,
That’s what I would have chosen for me.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 But I never played for Ladybank Violet,
I’ve never graced a Fife football field.
I’ve not scored a goal in the league or a final,
In Fife I’ve not won a cup or a shield.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 If I had one wish I’d go back to the day,
When I could run from the Forth to the Firth of Tay.
What a fantastic idea,
I should have gone for a few weeks in every year.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 But it’s too late now and no matter how it may seem,
I’ve done it all, I’ve done it within my dream.
In that dream I’m representing Scotland,
That’s everything I wanted to do.
And my dad was alive,
I’d tell him I did it for you.


My dad was from Ladybank in Fife.
National Service in the late 1940’s dictated his future.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/i-should-have-played-for-ladybank-violet/