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The Legs of old Jim Gannon

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 From the Isle of Man,
To the banks of the Bann,
From Killorglin to Dungannon,
There’s many a soul
Has seen a goal
From the legs of old Jim Gannon.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 There are maidens fair
In the Derry air,
And fishermen on the Shannon,
Who speak in awe
Of the days of yore
And the legs of old Jim Gannon.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 In the western squall,
There are isles so small
You can barely fit a man on,
But the tales abound
O’er the sea-lashed ground
Of the legs of old Jim Gannon.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 In the battle’s thrall,
Where the bugle’s call
Is drowned by the angry cannon,
Men’s thoughts are fired
And yes, inspired
By the legs of old Jim Gannon.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 In the Northern Seas
Round the Hebrides,
From Stranraer to Clackmannan,
In the moonlight’s gleam
Old crofters dream
Of the legs of old Jim Gannon.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 There’s bands like Clannad
Stuck up in Fanad,
O’d-ing on De Danaan,
Whose Celtic roots
Lie in the boots
Of the legs of old Jim Gannon.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 On Cape Finisterre
On the beaches where
Its not easy to get a tan on,
The oul’ wans rabbit
In the Breton habit
Of the jambes de vieux Jim Gannon.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Near the Maracana,
There’s the Copacabana
That Pele and Tostao ran on,
But they’re old hat,
Because all the chat
Is of the legs of old Jim Gannon.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 And in the Crimea
You will often hear
What Mohammed based the Koran on.
Not the Trinity
Nor divinity,
But the legs of old Jim Gannon.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 “Gannon to the left of them,
Gannon to the right of them,
Gannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered.
His legs kept them all at bay,
Giving feck all away,
Numbering two, but they
Seemed like six hundred.”

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Notes

Jim Gannon, formerly of Stockport, now plying his trade with Shelbourne.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-legs-of-old-jim-gannon/