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The Fans

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 In every ground throughout the land
in every area, every stand
sit so many different fans
from plain old James to fancy Dans.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 First the dedicated type;
you’ll never hear him moan or gripe,
never hear him bellyache
or even swear for ***** sake.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 He’s been going for thirty years
through rain and shine and sweat and tears.
His football club is in his blood
will never ever give it up.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Then there’s the season ticket holder
middle-aged or maybe older;
he’s very protective of his place
take his seat – he’ll slap your face.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Next there’s Mr Once a Season
more than once amounts to treason.
Arrives for kick-off at five to three
cannot quite contain his glee.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Then proceeds to criticise:
“just what is going on you guys?
No wonder I come just once a year;
in any case it’s far too dear.”

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Look around you, spot the yob,
could be Lennie, could be Bob.
He’s already dressed for action
mobile phone and action slacks on.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Conversation with his mates:
“Let’s meet up outside the gates.
I’m up for some rough and tumble,
come on lads, let’s have a rumble.”

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Towards the front’s the OAP,
tartan rug across his knee.
Recalls the great teams with a sigh,
they caused him tears, they made him cry.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Female fan is to my right,
has only lately seen the light.
Used to go to shopping malls,
now spends Saturdays with her pals.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Seventies throwback’s next in line,
in sheepskin coat he looks just fine.
Keegan perm, face quite spotty
All his mates call him Motty!

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Lastly there’s the young supporter,
someone’s son or someone’s daughter.
If what you want is lots of laughter
he’ll provide just what you’re after.

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Notes

Some observations on the different types of fans you can see every week in grounds up and down the country and in my 30 years as a supporter of Swindon Town F.C.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-fans/