How Many?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 So many questions always on the go
rumours and grumbles that never seem to stop
but only one question in the heart of ev’ry fan
how many coats has Mark Cooper* got?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 negative comments about the boss
transfers and new loans bubbling in the pot
but far more important than all of that stuff..
how many coats has Mark Cooper got?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 heard it mentioned on the last comment’ry
and suddenly the penny just finally dropped
Elliott** and Keiffer** must wonder as they leave
how many coats has Mark Cooper got?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 takes some stick on the ol’ touchline
Facebook rants that have lost the plot
promotion is there but we still wanna know…
how many coats has Mark Cooper got?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 are they chosen for each new formation
diff’rent at the back..diff’rent up top
Motherwell** Ipswich** I don’t care….
but how many coats has Mark Cooper got?

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 wrapped in a scarf like a snowman on the line
zip- ups… fur-lined ..he’s got the lot
forget about Lincoln (Green)*** we’re Forest Green
so how many coats has Mark Cooper got?


Forest Green boss Mark Cooper* takes a lot of un-welcome stick even though we currently sit joint second with Tranmere behind a resurgent Lincoln City. At least we have his different touchline coats and jackets to admire.

In spite of all Dale Vince (our no-Green- holds- barred New Age Wind Powered owner) and Mark and his team have done for us all, a large on-going general discontent and frustration seems to stem way back to our being 17 plus years in this nightmare National League…where only one side goes up automatically.(As though we have some divine right to go up.!)

Play-offs (which we’ve reached for the past two seasons,) eventually release one more to go up. Missing out at Wembley in a May defeat to Grimsby, outnumbered by thousands shouting “FISH!” was always gonna be hard to take. Aside from this , there are always loads of once-big ex-league sides battling alongside us . This season is no different .

Over the years we’ve also seen Bristol Rovers, Oxford Utd, Wimbledon, Newport, Luton, Cheltenham, Crawley, Fleetwood etc all go up. We keep on and we keep it green too.

** Elliott Frear & Keiffer Moore , are two really popular FGR players who look like they are on their way to Motherwell** and Ipswich** respectively.

*** Lincoln Green, as in Rovers’ rivals Lincoln City and as worn by Robin Hood and his merry (?) men (allegedly?)

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/how-many/