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Come gather supporters across this fair land,
The start of the season is now close at hand.
The turnstiles will shortly be opened and manned
And we’ll all come out battling for honours.
Come stand on the terrace or sit in the stand
For the Eircom League season’s upon us.
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Oh get off that barstool and put on your coat,
Wrap that old coloured scarf round your lilywhite throat
And join with the ranks who are trying to promote
The game played in neighbouring venues.
It’s a shot in the arm, it’s a great antidote
To the slop served on Premiership menus.
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Oh why would you spend all your well-deserved cash
On trav’lling abroad for some uninspired clash
That’s devoid of excitement, devoid of panache,
Despite what Sky News had predicted?
The team down the road is worth giving a lash
And you’ll possibly end up addicted.
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Come Galway, come Sligo, come Bray and Dundalk,
Come Athlone and Monaghan, Fingal and Cork.
Forget all those players who, in newspaper talk,
Earn ludicrous numbers of zeros.
We’ll learn how to run if you help us to walk
So come out and support local heroes.