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I’ve Got One In (A tribute to Albert a Fulham fan)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 ‘Mine’s a light and bitter’, Albert would say.
‘I’ve got one in,’ before the fray.
I’m here in my corner, reading my paper,
Checking that life’s still in order.
Ready to talk to my many friends,
Never thought it would come to an end.
‘I’m from Battersea Dogs Home’ Albert would say.
My manor was Fulham, every day.
On my “bi-cycle”, the black and whites way.
Came to Aston Clinton, with only a few quid.
Married my wife Pauline, I am so glad I did.
As ‘Peter the Painter’ I plied my trade,
And soon became known, far and wide.
So many memories I had to share,
So many stories plucked from the air.
Never boring with Albert our mate,
Always had the time to talk, till late.
I didn’t think I would be leaving quite so soon,
Thought I had time for another tune.
But that’s life, never goes as you plan.
So I hope when I get to heaven,
‘I’ve got one in’!
Thank you for being my friend
Thank you for being with me to the end.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 By Simon Icke Aston Clinton

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Notes

I remember Albert taking me and one of my sons to Fulham v Bolton in the 90s , we had a pre match drink near the ground and listened to his stories about Fulham greats of yesterday how he used to ride to Craven Cottage from White City on his “bi-cycle.” Even though we were Bolton fans we sat in the old wooden stand at the front with the Fulham fans near the centre circle in the upper stand; great seats! Fulham scored first and everyone cheered except me and my son David aged about 8 at the time, we kept our heads down. But Bolton went on to win the match 4-1 and we clapped and cheered every goal and Albert had to put up with two Bolton fans cheering the opposition in the wrong end. But no one said anything (as I had a young boy with me). All the Fulham fans and Albert took the defeat in good grace. But it didn’t stop Albert telling his stories about the good old days at Craven Cottage when they had players like Cook, Leggatt, Howfield , Robson and Mullery and when they beat Ipswich 10-1 on boxing day in 1963. We will never forget Albert and the black and whites day at the cottage! RIP Albert Kirby Fulham fan; man & boy R.I.P

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/ive-got-one-in-a-tribute-to-albert-a-fulham-fan/