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The Ballad of Shels and Glentoran

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Watching in a pub in Alcudia,
The telly didn’t have any sound.
The man at the bar
Said “You won’t get very far,
Bucharest will pull you around.”
Christ, you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
Following Shelbourne
Is gonna crucify me.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The ref gave a penno to Shelbourne,
We ran up to get a good look.
The man in the hall
Said, “That was never handball,
The ref should not have opened his book.”
Christ, you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
Following Shelbourne
Is gonna crucify me.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Making plans to travel down to Bucharest,
Wondering if I’d get time off work.
“Hold on,” the wife said, “You can’t go lest
The mortgage man will go berserk.”

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Glenn scored a goal to relax us,
Jayo’s header made thing less tense.
The man at the back
Said, “Sure any attack
Would score against that shoddy defence.”
Christ, you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
Following Shelbourne
Is gonna crucify me.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Making plans to travel down to Bucharest
Wondering if we’ll ever afford it.
“Hold on,” the wife said, “Sod all that!
If they run a plane, we will board it.”

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Trying hard to lip-read Pat Dolan,
Wondering if he had a good time.
A man in a hat
Said, “Who the hell is that?
He looks like the Godfather of Crime.”
Christ, you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
Following Shelbourne
Is gonna crucify me.

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-ballad-of-shels-and-glentoran/