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The First International Football Game

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 On St Andrews Day 1872
In the primary stage of the game,
The first international game was played
How colossal football then became.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Queens Park FC and the English FA
Played at Hamilton Crescent
On a late November day,
Three thousand five hundred
Were in attendance
To see England and Scotland play.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 At the home of West of Scotland Cricket
They paid their money for a souvenir ticket,
Now only one of those remain
From the first international football game.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Scotland passed, England dribbled,
Supporters shouted, reporters scribbled.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 A shilling they paid for no one to score,
Resulting in a goalless draw.
The time of flat caps, scarves and a jacket,
Today now players are paid quite a packet.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 This game that was played for the cost of a shilling
Is designated to the history page,
We now have millionaire players
They abolished the maximum wage.
It costs more than a shilling to see them score,
The result could still be a no score draw.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Robbie Kennedy Bennett

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Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/the-first-international-football-game/