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Three Christmas Cheers For Murdoch’s Sky

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It was twenty-five to six
As I was passing Dirty Dicks*
Wondering on proceedings at the Boleyn
When I spied a betting shop
Amidst the heaving Christmas flocks
So I wandered in, as respite from the snowing.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 There were many minded folk like me
Hands warmed by steaming cups of tea
Sat on sofas, eyes glued to the telly.
An homeless soul or two
Engrossed in Claret versus Blues
When Carvalho fouled you should have heard ’em yelling?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 So..Three Christmas cheers for Murdoch’s Sky
It sure is pleasing to the eye
When the snow falls down and punters brave the cold
You get a seat, a decent view
Use of a W.C and warmed right through
For gratis if you dare to be so bold.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 As one armed bandits spewed out dough
The telly crowd let late “uns” know
“Frankie Lampard had the guts to take three pens
He smashed the first one in
And with his second? Outfoxed Green
Though in hindsight, seems a ref had erred…again”.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 With ten minutes on the clock
The manager made plans to shut his shop
As the homeless souls looked eagerly at the screen
When Zhirkov lined up that last shot
I thought three points were in our pot
But…alas we were denied by Robert Green.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 So..Three Christmas cheers for Murdoch’s Sky
It sure is pleasing to the eye
When the snow falls down and punters brave the cold
You get a seat, a decent view
Use of a W.C and warmed right through
For gratis if you dare to be so bold.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 The final whistle beeped
Honours shared at one goal each
Our luck had held again to be quite frank
And as I climbed up to the street
An East End rink beneath my feet
I’d have to say that we had mugged West Ham.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 On Liverpool Street much later on
I wondered where those blokes had gone
The homeless ones who’d warmed up to the match
No MotD 2 for the likes of them
More like a crack house, part condemned
A Merry Christmas? Yeah, for some of us perhaps?

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 So.. Three Christmas cheers for Murdoch’s Sky
It sure is pleasing to the eye
When the snow falls down and punters brave the cold
You get a seat, a decent view
Use of a W.C and warmed right through
For gratis if you dare to be so bold.

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Notes

A true story and one worth thinking about during the so called season of goodwill. What an awful expression that is? Surely we should be trying to think of others and spreading goodwill all the year round should we not?

As going to “The Football” becomes too expensive for the average punter, this could be another way of watching the match in affordable comfort in the future?

First time I’ve seen a live game, on two massive screens like this in the friendly atmosphere of a nice warm betting shop, and very interesting it was and all.

A Merry Christmas To You All.

*Dirty Dicks is an infamous hostelry and former den of inequity situated on London’s Liverpool Street, near Petticoat Lane Market.

^The Bolyne is the name East Londoners use when referring to Upton Park, home of West Ham United.

Peace.

Kev.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/three-christmas-cheers-for-murdochs-sky/