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Is Something Missing?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Where’s the buzz, tell me coz,
I can’t feel it, can you?
No Emlyn Hughes type enthusiasm*
We’ve won, we’re there, we’re through

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Is David Beckham excited
About going to the World Cup
Or is he worried about his image rights
And his fortune mounting up

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 I want Jack Rosenthal type humour*
I want Maureen Lipman smiles
I want Trevor Francis type teenage prodigies*
Who score goals that fill the aisles

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Has it taken the passing of an idol
To make us yearn for days
When playing son, yes playing son
Was more important than the pay?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 If England win the World Cup this summer
300k’s the bonus prize
A mere months wages to the players
Or don’t the FA realize?

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 I wanna win. just like those in
Away teams part of ground
But sport and competitions sought
Not for God to be a pound

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 I want Emlyn Hughes type enthusiasm
We’ve won, we’re there, we’re through
Not the the phoney diss of pay me this
And I’ll kiss yer shirt for you

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Tis true a roman candle shone on us
Tis true he lit us up
But are we becoming the Harlem Globetrotters
And all the thoughts that conjures up?

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 I want Jack Rosenthal type humour
I want Maureen Lipman smiles
I want Trevor Francis type teenage prodigies
Who score goals that fill the the aisles

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 A mere months wages for winning the World Cup
Are yer off yer trolley
Tis to me pure folly
A mere pittance, a trifle, a jolly?

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 As Iscariot went and sold his soul
For twenty pieces of silver
Have we now gone and sold our game
For lire, francs and guilders

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Notes

Just read a newspaper article, that likens the passing on of George Best to the sad demise of Diana, Princess Of Wales in the way that the public are mourning. I have a feeling that what we are really missing and mourning is one of the last truly great idols and rebels from our game that means so much to us all who stand and sit in the stands. This poem is having a pop at the money men and the idols of today who are a truly second rate version of whats gone before.

*The Jack Rosenthal reference is to a cracking television play yer man wrote about two young female Spurs fans in ultra religious Jewish North London who bunk off school to catch the match in those days when idols really were idols. The play is called “Those Glory Glory Days” or something? If you get a chance catch it.

The Trevor Francis reference is to the time as a fiftheen or sixteen year old he was drafted in to the Birmingham City first team in the old second division and preceeded to score goals for fun with out all the references to the sick note tag he got in his latter playing days!

And Emlyn, what can yer say about Emlyn that hasn’t been said already
With his infectious enthusiam, beaming smile and his lets get in there amongst them! A true leader of men and women as Princess Anne found out on ” A Question Of Sport”. Much to her chagrin.

I feel so much better after that!

peace.

kev.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/is-something-missing/