1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Fan-tastic
(with apologies to .J Milton Hayes’ “The Green of the Little Yellow God”)

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 There’s a football club supporter to the north of the Watford gap
Holds a little marble cross for Ipswich town.
There’s a broken-hearted woman spends her weekends all alone;
And the premier league forever gazes down

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 It’s a cross he has to bear; but he doesn’t seem to care,
For he’s madder than I feel inclined to tell.
Coming from the Isle of Wight, its fair comment that one might
Have assumed he’d cheer Southampton at the Dell.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 He has loved them all along, with conviction (right or wrong)!
And has always kept his eye upon the ball
They did well when he was 10; but went off the ball again
And for several years did nothing much at all.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 But children are contrary: he’s an Ipswich fan for life,
Even though the club once more is staying down.
As a mum, I’m sympathetic; but heaven help the wife
Of this broken man weeps for Ipswich town


Taken from “Football: Pure Poetry” edited by Ted Smith-Orr. Ted said you would be pleased to see this put up, Carolyn. So here it is, belatedly.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/fan-tastic/