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The Millers Tale -A Warning

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 They were formed in the late eighteen- hundreds
I still shudder to think of the day
when Chelski were poor as their neighbours next door
and lost six-nil to Rotherham away

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 since 1907 they’ve played at that ground
for ninety nine years at Millmoor
a real small-time club like some cosy old pub
but their future just don’t look that sure

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 but Rotherham- Rotherham’s still on my mind
you check through your memories and what do you find
Yorkshire’s once finest now frozen in time
like that old Emlyn Hughes and his smile

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 they’ve been right through the leagues
to be where they are now
and their bank balance reads like a joke
for a good team to thrive or to merely survive
these days we all need a rich bloke*

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 now the red seats are empty and lonely
where rattles once twirled til they drop
now its buckets they shake as they beg for a break
and tomorrow who’s next for the chop?

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 a victim of football’s elitist divide
when the premier big boys cut free
they were never that posh but they lost all the dosh
that just used to pour in from TV

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 but Rotherham- Rotherham’s still on my mind
you check through your memories and what do you find
Yorkshire’s once finest now frozen in time
like that old Emlyn Hughes and his smile

*(or a good football-lovin’ woman!)

“Since the 1992 breakaway of the First Division clubs – to form the Premier League and no longer share their TV money with the other 3 divisions, 38 of the the Football League’s clubs have been insolvent.

The league has not lost a club ; all have found a financial solution or been taken over, but debts of many millions of pounds have been left unpaid.

Rotherham trace their origins back to 1870 and have played at Millmoor since 1907.Along with fundraising activities and appeals to local businesses, Rotherham are also hoping the league wins its law siuit against the firm that provded legal advice when the TV digital deal was done.

Rotherham were in the First Dvision and lost the full £4M after Carlton and Granada pulled the plug on their joint venture.If the league wins the case, any compensation would be vital in the fight for Rotherham to survive.”

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Article / info courtesy: The Guardian 02.03.06

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-millers-tale-a-warning/