Poems tagged ‘Football League’

Southend demoted from the Football League.

Southend United out of the Football League
It hardly seems possible but it’s true
The hard facts of life
Under those harsh lights of
Unwelcome publicity and
Yesterday’s fish and chip paper
Literature where the facts are
Written in bold typeface
Headline heartache
A Football League club once
But not now
That red hot poker into
The back, spine and heart
Broken asunder, ripped to
Shreds, Southend relegated
To the National League
We must have thought that this
Would never happen
There they were bobbing buoyantly
On the Essex Riviera
Never even remotely close
To high summit conferences in
The top flight where the aristos
Of the Premier League flaunt
Their classical status
With billions and millions of
Pompous plutocracy
Money pouring from gushing
Waterfalls of wealth,
Silvery streams pounding
Through the dams and reservoirs
Of Premier League pots of gold
While poor little Southend United
Dropped from a great height
Thunderously and alarmingly
Then thudding out of the Football League
And the mists of more obscurity
Whenever you spotted the skeletal remains
Of Roots Hall on childhood visits
To nearby Westcliff on Sea
The late summer floodlights like dancing
Ghostly spirits who never really
Threatened the status quo or the elevated elite
Phil Brown’s Shrimpers
Now dumped unceremoniously
Out of the big boys League
Fallen from grace
No longer star quality
We didn’t think for a minute
That indignity would ever visit
Their precious posts and bars,
Rattling and shaking terraces
Primitive as the Middle Ages
Hurt, rejected and discarded
As the ice cream cone at Rossi’s
That the young failed to lick in time
When just a flicker of anticipation
At season’s starting point
In August boded so well
But Southend crashed and foundered
On the rock of early autumn
Saturday afternoons in third and
Fourth tier football
Perhaps briefly in the second tier
Out of idle curiosity
Dipping their happy toes
Amid the higher levels
Of football’s purest waters
Now though Southend
Relegated out of the Football League
No longer mentioned at the latter
End of the Football Pools
No more Zetters or Littlewoods
To conjure with
Now a seaside town
With Essex harmonies
Then the simplicity of its bucket and
Spade childhood era
When summer lasted for ever
And windmills blew wistfully
For hours upon end
Now no longer on any radar
Just a fleeting rumour
Before the ref blew the final whistle
Roots Hall, now completely rootless
How Southend cling onto famous League
Cup glories where once Manchester United
Rolled up their socks in the sand
Planted their handkerchiefs
On Brylcreemed heads of hair
Oh you jest
United beaten in the League Cup
By scintillating Southend United
Once, but not that long ago
A feather in the cap of the Southend
How we grieve over the Shrimpers
Who once caught much bigger fish
But now nursing a painful wound
Of alienation in non League
Nowhere land
We must hope for a reunion
One day
Of course we will

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Celebrations – Tanka

In Middlesbrough town
Max points bagged
Thanks to Spence, Djed Spence
Is licenced to score

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A day with orphans!

‘Who’ll hear the orphan’s cry?
‘They’re full of fear and dread’
We took our team on the road
To play football with them instead

Haji Eusuf orphanage, Chattak
We met 53 orphans that day
Zoinul and Moshahid had it all lined up
Rounding off with some sunset play

We took pictures and shared gifts
The orphans smiles put us to shame
We were itching to get on that pitch
To play the beautiful game

So gaffers Shaheed and Mehdi
List two orphan teams on a pad
Favourites Abdal, Waj, Abu, Yarimi
Bench stars Saif, Diya, Emdad

But we didn’t care for big names
The orphans were fighting fit
They ran and ran like Olympians
With us adding our little bit

I had to pull a trick for a goal
But then Yarimi beat the keeper
My shot came off the post
Diya pounced for the winner

With plenty game time left
It was time for a dirty prank
Poor Abdal smashed into the hoardings
Only way to stop that tank

With Abu pulling the strings
Saif was our brick wall
Ref Jay whistled to give us the win
Our orphans stood proud and tall

‘I’ve never seen them so happy,
‘I pray you’re all blessed from above’
A local expressed her feelings
On football spreading the love

At the Human Relief Foundation
Raisah’s match summary
Gobindogonj has played host to
The ‘best game in HRF history’

‘Who’ll hear the orphan’s cry?
‘They’re full of fear and dread’
We took our team on the road
To play football with them instead

© emdad rahman

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Summer Ball

In summer, a fan keeps you warm
A match, lights your barbecue
The ground is where you plant vegetables
The spot, is on your face, it grew

The ball, requires a DJ
A net, to protect soft fruit
Summer Saturdays carefree and long
Scented by sun cream and the great smell of Brut

First day of the season, we’re buzzing
Treading water is over, football lifting our mood
We’re back at the game, back with our crowd
The pies are baked, the beer is brewed

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Frozen Out!

What a rotten lot are those on the board
They are ruthless without any thought
This now poor embarrassed Groundsman
Must feel helpless down and distraught
His 27 year stint just came to an end
Because the pitch was left frozen and hard
Those horrible directors of Southend United
Have shown nothing but disregard

There’s a petition to get him re-instated
Sign it so justice can be done
He couldn’t help the weather that day
It was frozen before he’d begun
This horrible Essex weather was bad
And the pitch had been frozen all day
So please Southend United
Re-instate him without a delay.

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Super Billy Kee

There are few heroes left in the game
Too many fast cars for slow strikers
Yet to earn the points on the silver spurs

But one lad
Grafting far from the glare
Of the sparkling lights

Number 29
Stanley Ultras boss the game
To the thumping drum
And his bright refrain

Beneath the East Lancashire rain
Super Billy Kee
Super Billy Kee
Super Billy Kee

You know his name.

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