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The Corinthian Spirit…….A Ripping Yarn

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The Corinthian Spirit-A Ripping Yarn

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The game was a cracker,
The goals just flew in.
The first, in two minutes,
Went in off a shin.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The second, a volley,
From twenty five yards,
Surprised the poor keeper
Who was caught off his guard.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The third, an own goal,
An unfortunate blip,
A fight-back ensued
As we let our lead slip.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Three all at half-time,
A hot cup of tea
We’d no sooner sipped
Than it went to 4-3.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 The fifth was a bullet,
A brilliant shot,
The sixth off the bar
From the penalty spot.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Our opponents embarked
On some waves of attack.
Their centre-half notched one
And then their full-back.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 With the score at six all
And a minute to go,
Our manager shouted,
“Hey, just a mo!”,

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 “We’re supposed to be sporting,
It’s the Charity Cup,
Let’s show them we’re Christians
And give the game up!”

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 “Good on you, man,
The team all agree.
Our opponents are gents
And deserve victory.”

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The ref and both linesmen,
Amazed and surprised,
Looked on as our team
Performed suicide.

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 With twenty one men
Attacking one goal
Our keeper stood tall
But succumbed to the toll.

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 An eighteen man move
Made the score 7-6.
The crowd carried high
The man ‘tween the sticks.

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 “Hurrah for Corinthians!”
Our opponents declared
As they threw their cloth caps
Twenty feet in the air.

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 The Mayor read his speech
And both teams they lined up
For match presentations
-But where was the cup?

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 Our keeper had legged it,
Dismayed by his plight
And with him the trophy
We’d “Lost” on the night!

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 Barry Lenton (Marine FC)

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