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The Provider

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Yes, it was he who
sprinted tiredly down
the wing to fire over
the cross from which
our Geoff scored THAT goal.
He who ran himself
into the ground in search
of the game’s ultimate prize.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Later as squeaky-voiced manager
often pilloried and ridiculed
by fans and fancy dan players
who had but a fraction of
his heart, his talent, his bottle.
Yet they can never take away
his one momentous achievement –
being a part of THAT team
whose players clutched each other
in a frenzy of elation
at the end of one hundred and twenty
marvellous minutes.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Silent as I watched the headlines:
his death the lead story;
says it all really.
And fans attending the 2007 Cup Final
should stand as one to
mark the passing of a true legend.

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Notes

R.I.P. Bally, one of the game’s greats.

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