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Reasons Why Your Team Lost

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Did you drink your morning coffee
from the cracked mug?
Did you eat two shredded wheat?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Did you shave, or not shave
(whichever works this season)?
Did you clean your teeth left-handed?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Did you pick the right shirt,
the ’98 away one with
the cigarette burn on the sleeve?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Did you get the number 8
and sit upstairs, five rows back?
Did you walk the long way to the ground?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Did you get your dinner at
the chippy by the bridge, and
your programme from the double denim guy?

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Did your lift your right foot
when the teams ran out, and
untie your lace before the second half?

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 1 Are you – and this is the most important –
wearing your lucky pants?

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Notes

This poem is taken from Joe’s book The Taking Part, a short collection of poems on the theme of sport and games, published by Maytree Press in 2021. https://joewilliams.co.uk/publication/the-taking-part/

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/reasons-why-your-team-lost/