When We Were Losing One-Nil

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 When we were losing one-nil,
I thought our Cause was lost.
The trapdoor was wide open,
We seemed doomed to the Drop.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 When we were trailing one-nil,
I heard a wise man say:
“My son, you know you really ought
To have a little Faith.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The match lasts ninety minutes,
The game ain’t over yet,
There’s loads of time for us to put
That ball into their net.”

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The words that wise man spoke were true,
As true as true can be.
But we had gone one goal down,
No use to talk to me.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 When we had made it one-one,
(A goal off Richie’s head),
I thought: ”Let’s settle for the point,
Now we’re back from the dead.”

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Once more when scores were level,
I heard that wise man say:
“I told you so, perhaps now you
Can see of hope some ray.”

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 With three and ninety minutes gone,
Up stepped a lad named Gray –
A rocket fired in off the post,
That we’ll recall for aye.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Few seconds left now on the clock,
The wise man sat and beamed.
He looked just like the fabled cat
That gobbled up the cream.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 And then the full-time whistle blew,
We headed towards home.
‘Twas raining hard, but we were warmed
By Vict’ry’s afterglow.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 I munched my full-time Mars Bar,
And boy, did it taste sweet!
For WE’d been losing one-nil,
But two-one THEY got beat!

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 9/12/21
Denys E. W.Jones



Monday 6th December 2021, Everton 2 Arsenal 1. This is a re-working of a poem I wrote in 2004 entitled When We Were Winning Two-Nil, which was inspired by a poem by A.E. Housman entitled When I Was One-and-Twenty.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/when-we-were-losing-one-nil/