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For long now I have loudly preached
The need to follow hometown clubs.
If football heaven can be reached
‘Tis not square-eyed in raucous pubs,
But on the terrace in the rain,
Sharing ecstasy and pain.
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I’ve followed Shels both man and boy
(They were the nearest club to me)
I’ve felt the great euphoric joy,
I’ve wallowed in great misery.
I’ve followed them through thick and thin,
This club that beats beneath my skin.
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But now another club has sprung
Out of the loins of local earth,
A club so vibrant and so young,
We gathered round to view his birth.
More local to me now than Shels,
Ring loud, ring loud, the christ’ning bells.
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But no, the choice is not too hard,
For lifetime chains will still hold good
And though with fondness I regard
The new kid in the neighbourhood,
And though I’ll watch him grow with pride,
I’ll still stand fast by Shelbourne’s side.