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The green giant – Tommy Burns

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Tam, the wee lad from Maryhill
Joined the Bhoys in 73
A gallant and true servant was he
Not many would disagree

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 A silky, accomplished schemer
A bridge in the Old Firm divide
Blue and green gathered in union
Last respects paid side by side

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Out of a mere 51 years
20 served the club he adored
As player, coach and gaffer
Tam was loath to cut the Hoops cord

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Said Lisbon Lion Gemmell
‘I don’t think you will find on this earth
Anyone who will say a bad word’
A comic full of laughter and mirth

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 His greatest moment in football
Mac the knife sealing a double at Hampden
All in the great centenary year
Upstaging Rangers was extra golden

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 352 league games for the Bhoys
8 golden national caps
53 potent strikes
For this affable, golden haired chap

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Assistant to ‘Allsort’ Bertie
A refined coach with Smithy
Star youth development at Parkhead
Maloney, Mc Manus, McGeady

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Completed a rare football hat trick
Returning home as coach and trainer
Mentor to the latest starlets
A stroll for the seasoned campaigner

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Alas a fatal blow was struck
By an old lurking assassin
The aged adversary struck
Diagnosed cancer of the skin

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 A Requiem Mass at St Mary’s
Evoke with the chime of the bell
A true ambassador for Scotland
For Bonnie Tam a final farewell

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Number 7
© Emdad Rahman
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Notes

A tragic loss of a wonderful man.
Coming so soon after the death of Phil O’Donnell, who he signed for Celtic.
Respect to Tommy Burns – A true Celtic great.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-green-giant-tommy-burns/