Roy and Ray

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 With those air miles, Roy, you could tour the moons of Jupiter.
Ensure the planets are in correct formation,
no-one stepping beyond their sphere.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Your Wikipedia page has crashed my computer
somewhere between Gravesend and Neuchȃtel
and I’m back to pen and paper

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 to consider the passage of Europa,
the year Roy and Ray were in its orbit
four hundred years after Simon Marius.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Now the Simon we drink to is Simon Davies
and Europa Passage a side-street in Hamburg.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Roy, Grasshopper of Zürich: one among many.
Ray, you know your exits on the Orbital Motorway:

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 hornets, eagles, bees near a depleted cottage.
Five spells in the dark and the brightest of suns still ahead.

Roy Hodgson’s Wikipedia page is well worth a read, if you’ve got a couple of days to spare- looking forward to his memoirs, possibly delayed to include Brazil.

A note on Ray Lewington – he has been rightly appreciated for the stability he brought to Fulham during several spells at the club, usually either as caretaker manager in difficult circumstances or as a No.2. This is true, but he’s brought more than stability, having been involved in several high and low points:our first ever play-off appearance having kept us up the previous season, relegation to the bottom tier (while caretaker, not his fault) and the Europa League Final as No.2.

Europa Passage is, indeed, a side-street of Hamburg, but not one I found when attending the final in 2010.

Now looking forward to the summit of Roy and Ray’s careers.

Finally, Crispin/Clik (another notable Simon!), you may have to work your magic again, please, despite detailed instructions last time, as I don’t appear to have a ‘symbol’ key. The ‘u’ in Zurich has a couple of dots over it and the Neuchatel a triangle over the ‘a’- sorry, and thanks.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/roy-and-ray/