London 2012 : Second Chance

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 No, not Tony Adams’ charity!
Olympic tickets application, second chance round of sales

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Seb,
So nice to hear from you
Your dulcet tones, immediately soothing
When this panic’d phone call
Sought some process smoothing

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 And so it proved
For I was just too early –
The ‘buy tickets’ button delayed
In the webosphere hurly burly

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 So despite all the warnings
And online carping
It’s actually all plain sailing
No unhappy harping

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 So it’s Cardiff here I come
Or at least that’s the hope
Potentially my first return
Since I saw the Pope

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Now I wonder why it is –
So many football tickets leftover?
Such good availability
For any ol’ rover?

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 The British public
Just not inclined
To follow a tournament
That’s much maligned

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 But for every other Nation
Gold is the goal
And for tournament entry
No need to cajole

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 So who will I be watching?
Impossible to know
I’m purchasing blind –
But it won’t be Lord Coe

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 His halcyon days
Long since past
Boy I used to love to see –
Him running so fast!

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 But all the better for me
Was that we shared a common love
Attending Stamford Bridge
Before he joined the Gov!


Written at 06:30 am 8th July 2011, after submitting a request for football tickets for the London Olympics 2012.

At first, I couldn’t see a link to buy tickets.
But as the poem states, I was just too early!
Link came up a few minutes after 6am, just as I was getting really panicky!
I had even rung the Olympics helpline – hence I heard the voice of Seb Coe – and suddenly all was right in the world!

I was last in Cardiff many years back, to see Pope John Paul II at the Youth Mass, back in ….. (I’ll have to look it up!)

Now an anxious wait over the weekend to see if my bid for tickets is successful or not!

Why are the British public so loathe to support what is seen as a must win tournament by the rest of the world?

I guess because we don’t enter, we don’t see it on tv coverage, but I hear they can be great games, with many great names.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/london-2012-second-chance/