Bex & The Firm (Nick Love)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Fierce, dogged portrait of hooliganism
Adapted from Alan Clarke’s earnest drama
Not a crack unit, more a motley crew
Bunch of louts just lacking a suit of armour

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Playing to the funky tunes of The Gap Band
With Jam, Kool & The Gang
Donna Summer and Tears For Fears
Tainted Love belts out with a clang

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Nick Love crafts a flash of scorching neon
1980s London sets the scene
Aspirants in Adidas and the latest Fila
With mostly heads of hair full of sheen

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Dom ditches Terry from the housing estate
Bonding with the feared usual suspects
Heading the leading crew in the city
One can’t help but warm to Suzy and Bex

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Soon Dom can’t escape the spiked glitz
His parents helplessly watch his demise
At odds with Bex’s bully lieutenant Trigger
Snared Dom struggles with his goodbyes

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 On the mean streets storms are brewing
Bex though flourishes on the savagery
Fixation with Yeti in due course brings his ruin

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Bex’s demise proves it’s all a mugs game
Hooliganism no more the rampaging bull
Ken Bates called for electrified fences
To try control and pen the “animal

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Families flocked as bloodshed became bygone
With Margaret Thatcher’s “War Cabinet” team
Hooliganism now dubbed The English Disease
Soon came Moynihan’s attempted ID card scheme

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Number 7
© Emdad Rahman



Inspired by The Firm – By Nick Love

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/bex-the-firm-nick-love/