The Ballad of October 5th 2001

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 ‘Twas on a wet and windy night, the 5th day of October,
We all went down to Dalymount, relatively sober.
We thought the match would be quite tight, there would be nothing in it,
But all those thoughts were washed away agen the thirteenth minute.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 First Nutsy struck a sweet left foot that whistled in the net.
It was a princely foretaste, though we didn’t know it yet.
Then Richie broke and very calmly slotted home the second,
And Geogo poached another and a 12-0 scoreline beckoned.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 But Bohs fought back and suddenly their players all looked fresher
And, with a dodgy referee, they put Shels under pressure.
Eventually they got a goal to make the home fans roar,
But Big Jim Gannon shut them up and made the score 1-4.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 But, very shortly after that, Bohs pulled another back,
And thankfully the half-time whistle saved us from more flak.
On the break a home supporter told them that the score
Would end up in Boh’s favour and they’d win the game 6-4.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 And when the game restarted we weren’t singing in the rain,
For Bohs kept up the pressure and they quickly scored again.
And then they scored a fourth one and the fightback was complete-
It looked for all the world that we were heading for defeat.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 But Davy Byrne, who’d run all night, he took a rasping drive
That fairly screamed into the net to make the score 4-5.
We danced and hollered, jumped and yelled, despite the constant rain,
And desperately prayed out loud Bohs wouldn’t score again.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 But though they tried, they couldn’t find a way through our defence,
Pizza, Macca, Eoin, Minno, all were quite immense,
And, in the dying seconds, sub Jim Crawford made a break,
Took it round the keeper, put the icing on the cake.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 It was a really brilliant match in difficult conditions,
Only spoiled slightly by the referee’s decisions’
I remember well all our six goals, I guess I always will,
Though I’d have been as happy if we’d beaten them one-nil.



Resubmitting this with a bold word taken out!

One of those great freaky games that come along every five years or so.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-ballad-of-october-5th-2001/