Euro Reality

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 five in a row
euphoria reigns
then bang down to plastic
in one of those games

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 too many foreigners?
let’s not blame race
great expectations
all over the place

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 who do we turn to
to name or to shame
McLaren to go..
or the FA to blame?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 phone ins and moan ins
the heartaches and tears
what have we won
in the last forty years?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 systems and tactics
whatever you say
for pride and for passion
rugby’s the way



I was working at Reading FC yesterday doing poety workshops with 51 kids from 4 schools in their spacious study centre overlooking the green carpet and the stadium. Future hopefuls Jacob and Abdoulaye both aged 15 from the Youth Academy were there too helping out , inspiring the young. .One of them had just played for the England U-16s. The future right there . I switched off my moble and begged the coaches not to tell me the score from Russia, intending to watch the highlights. On arriving at Reading station at 6.30pm it was
impossible …you just knew. From train manager to buffet staff and pasenger..it was written all over every face.the reality of under-achievement again. Great expectations, great disapointments. What are we like?. So hey, come on Scotland and Northern Irleand,.but most of all. (against South Africa on Saturday)… .come on England (even though I hate Rugby.)

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/euro-reality/