Euro 2012 IV : Half-time remediation

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 We had our songs to sing –
“You’ll – Never – Beat – The – Irish!”
sounds a little hollow
when you’re one-nil down after 3 minutes
two-one down at the break
and three-one down from the re-start…..

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 but half-time was different….

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 the kids rushed out to the back garden with hope
in their hearts
and dreams
in their lungs
and screamers
in their boots

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 whilst
the leaden-legged laggards
aka armchair critics
dissected the “inaction”
and grew disaffected
with every review of lost possession

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 still, as we ushered in the second half –
with beery banter and belligerence
(and refills)
we resumed our exhortations….

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 to no avail.



For those of us who didn’t make it to Poznan.

In reality, we just weren’t good enough.
Nor did we have the rub of the green.

Croatia deserved the win.
We should have had a penalty.
For the second goal, Stephen Ward appeared to play Jelavic onside, but in fact had been fouled (only visible on playback with intense scrutiny – hard to blame the ref for not spotting it)
And the third goal rebounded off the post and in off Shay Given’s face after his despairing dive, when in all probability it might have skidded away safely.

Still, there’s always the next generation!

Last night, we hosted representations from 6 households on our estate!
Kids kneeling on the floor, mams on the couch, dads in the upper tier (stools behind the couch!)

Euro 2012, day 3, Sunday 10th June
Group C
Spain 1 – 1 Italy
Croatia 3 – 1 Ireland

Euro 2012, day 2, Saturday 9th June
Group B
Denmark 1 – 0 Holland
Germany 1 – 0 Portugal

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/euro-2012-iv-half-time-remediation/