For Those We Love To Hate (Or Loathe to Hate)

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I know when you part with your hard earned
You’re entitled to say what you like
Where I watch it don’t seem the lesson gets learnt
When it comes down to taking… The Michael.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Some priceless jewels have shone at our place
Indeed dazzled our crowd with their skill?
Yet I’ve looked on amazed as distorted faces
Look fit to burst, primed for the kill.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Do these chants that are spiteful, inspire set alight
The spark of desire a teams need to win?
I’ve heard said the madness of drowning out a national anthem
Was enough reason for really getting stuck in.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 I’ve seen our back line get hung out to dry
By a fleet footed winger with pace
Then when next on the ball, up goes the call:
“Break his leg” or such words of outrage.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 One day I stood up, clapped and wondered
How Paulo Di-Canio stuck that one away?
As I went to sit down, looks of absolute thunder
Were already heading my way.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 We’ve all heard the vitriol aimed at: Thierry Henry,
Patrick Viera, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.
Robbie Savage, Roy Keane, Craig Bellamy
Carlos Tevez, David Beckham and Emile Heskey.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 All this madness about me, deems I question fan sanity
So I retain equilibrium by chanting like thus:
“You can jeer, insult, boo, if that’s what does it for you
Me? I wish him whom you diss played for us?”


We’ve all got them or at some point had them, although we’re reluctant to admit it to ourselves, coz they play for cross town rivals or teams near us in the league.

Your blind loyalty to your own keeps you from sharing it with fellow fans who would deem your support for the team waning, but after witnessing a quite wonderful piece of magic that you’ve never seen performed before, do you hand on heart straight up think to yourself: If only that brilliant so and so played for us?

Go on, admit it of course you do!



Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/for-those-we-love-to-hate-or-loathe-to-hate/