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Thanks but no thanks

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Capacity crowds at Cardiff,
your fledgling league stars,
guided onto the stage,
by the experienced hand of ours.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Money to keep you alive,
extending your limited reach,
gates and the tv rights,
and a new crowd to preach.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Getting a chance to play,
with the big part players,
solving the conundrum,
answering both our prayers.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Alas, the Welsh FA,
closed their ranks,
there’s nothing more to say,
ThaNkS but no ThaNkS.

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Notes

TNS, the Welsh champions are willing to give up their place in the Champions League first round qualifying draw if they lose to Liverpool in a one-off match.

But the FA of Wales has insisted that TNS must enter the competition, or else their place would go to another Welsh club.

TNS chairman Mike Harris told BBC Wales Sport a pre-qualifier against Liverpool would make far greater financial sense than for his side to play against a European minnow.

But FA of Wales secretary general David Collins said such a proposition was not feasible and would not be supported.

TNS made their Champions League debut in 2000, losing 6-2 on aggregate to Levadia Maardu of Estonia.

Only Barry Town have managed to progress past the Champions League’s first hurdle since the Welsh Premier’s inception in 1992/93.

Harris, therefore, believes a high-profile match against Liverpool makes greater financial sense than playing against a European minnow.

“Such a game would help us achieve some of our ambitions. And with a bit of luck we might beat them.”

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/thanks-but-no-thanks/