The Ballad of the Kent Senior Trophy Semi-final 2006/2007

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The weather was dodgy,
The pitch thick and stodgy,
The ref took an age to declare the match on.
The Bears weren’t dismayed, for
‘Twas what they had prayed for.
With all to be played for,
They weren’t woebegone.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The ref’s whistle blew and
The nerve-jangling grew and
No-one would take bets on the County League team.
But any allusion
To “foregone conclusion”
Was just an illusion
To those with a dream.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 For all of a sudden
Sevenoaks appeared wooden,
Before the third minute, they’d had to concede.
Steve Smith, with incision
Took up his position
And struck with precision
To give them the lead.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Though his schooldays had ended,
Tom Brown’s form was splendid.
Along with Lee Radford, he skipped down the flanks.
With a corner awarded,
For great play rewarded,
Did he strike it? He sure did,
And Smith scored with thanks.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Sevenoaks tried to rally,
To reduce the Bears’ tally,
But Andrews and Broadway put a halt to their spree.
And then Radford danced neatly
And turned men completely
‘Ere finishing sweetly
For goal number three.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Sevenoaks couldn’t believe it,
They tried to retrieve it
But could not prise open the Bears’ house of stone.
They were thwarting and blocking,
The formbook was mocking,
Sevenoaks were still rocking
When half time was blown.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 The second half started
With Bearsted stout-hearted,
The Premier League players were desp’rate to score.
But despite their intention,
To their incomprehension,
Danny Lye, with invention,
Notched goal number four.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 At last the Town woke up,
Their forward line spoke up,
And with great endeavour, they pulled a goal back.
And from mere survival,
There were hopes of revival,
But Swaiseland’s arrival
Put the Bears back on track.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 He controlled the ball nicely
Then slipped it concisely
Right into Smith’s path on the edge of the box.
The net was well shaken,
The hat-trick well taken,
He’d brought home the bacon
Despite the hard knocks.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Each Bearsted fanatic
Was truly ecstatic
Underdogs by a mile, but they’d triumphed in style.
Dismissed, underrated,
Overlooked, deprecated,
They now celebrated
With a pint and a smile.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The headlines were blazing,
The result was amazing,
What the fans can’t believe, the result book confirms.
Forecast in no oracle,
This win categorical
Is truly historical
In Kent football terms.

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 So Princes Park beckons
And the smart money reckons
That Whitstable, surely, need only turn up.
But the Bears are true fighters
Who’ll surely excite us
And maybe delight us
By lifting the Cup?



By demolishing Sevenoaks Town 5-1, Bearsted FC become the first Kent County League team to reach the final of the Kent Senior Trophy.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/the-ballad-of-the-kent-senior-trophy-semi-final-20062007/