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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:42 pm

too right foggy....sometimes you can sense that Coops and some of the time.. the team feel it too..

we may never be a city with a hundred years of league and cup games behind us..like of some of those down here in the Conf....nor a history of football passed down from grandfather to father to son down through the industrial revolution to now....but we love this club....we are unique..
the beauty of where we live..what Dale has done..the passion we can play with and when we we play well the way the crowd do get behind them when we do..

what must stop..I know it's hard.... are the endless negative shouts from the stands in a relatively quiet stadium right behind Mark ...whichdon't help....but they're ok if they're matched with positivite shouts and praise.. just righting the balance i guess.....that's all I'm saying.....why do we play freer away....Coops knows...so do we really...uninhibited by a testy critcal home crowd..which is how the crowds of teams below us act..which we hear at away games on the radio..

I do understand for those of you who've watched Rovers right through the hard times....the 17 years or more that it is of being in the Conf and before....I just heard an Oxford Utd fan berating a Liverpool fan on 5 Live ....askingf did he have any idea what it's like to be in the Conf for 5 years?....look at Lincoln...Coops was here playing for us at the ground...the change is phenomenal.....we need to treat this season as thought it's our first here...past is gone....2016's gone..we're unbeaten this year....Daggers on the prowl now too...home wins essential...

keep on..
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:49 pm

There was a coarse youth from Barrow
Who hadn’t heard of Eton or Harrow
The toffs from the south
Failed to speak trench mouth
Which bamboozled the coarse youth from Barrow
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:58 pm

you managed to keep that one narrow
your verses get right to the marrow
it remains to be seen
if our fine village team
can shoot our way there like an arrow
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:08 pm

I thought it was time for a bit of bowdlerised Shakespeare for the match with Boreham wood - at last we have a football match at home.

MacCoops - a modern translation

MacCoops: Bring me no more reports let’s get the game underway
Till Boreham Wood remove to dunces again
We cannot quake with fear. Who’s on loan this week, the boy Gosling?
Was he born of women? Only the spirits that know where he and the others called “loaners” come from
All mortal consequences have been allowed for I hope

'Fear not, MacCoops; no man that's born of Boreham
Shall e'er have power upon the Forest of Green
Then fly, false thanes of the forum
And mingle with the English epicures at our vegan feast:
The team I pick (I know not all their names)
But they shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear.

(enter Dale of the Vince)

MacCoops: The devil damn thee black, thou new age loon!
Where got'st thou that disheveled look?

Dale of the Vince: There is two --

MacCoops: million pounds villain ?

Dale of the Vince: No two pounds sire

MacCoops: Go carnivore thy face, and conquer your fear with more cash,
Thou lily-liver'd boy. I need more dodgy players!
Death of thy soul! We can top those Lincoln upstarts
Are Boreham Wood to be feared. What’s the score going to be, whey-face?

Dale of the Vince: The English compromise 1-1, so please you my Lord.

MacCoops: Bugger off!

(exit Dale of the Vince)

More MacCoops next week.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:04 pm

YOU'VE BEEN SWAPPING SHIRTS WITH SHAKESPEARE THERE..NICE ONE..

IF IT WAS THE OLD DAYS IT WOULD E A GOOD DAY TO FLOG LONG JOHNS AT THE GAME..
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Brilliant FC!

Looking forward to more.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:27 pm

A CLARION CALL

Oh me Oh my Omar
Methinks this lad will go far
Attacking from the very start
Raising spirits, playing with skill and heart

Before Omar arrived to take centre stage
Utilitarian and uninspiring was our play
Graft and grit did not the crowd assuage
It needed a spark the fans to gainsay
Eviscerating the opposition, carnage he waged
Legend from day one this was truly Omar’s Valentine’s Day
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:42 pm

Excellent Farmcotian!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:27 pm

Following all the speculation as to what has happened to so many of our signed players, particularly in midfield I was compelled to write the following (it would be lovely to get a straight answer!)

DELUSION AND DERISION ?


The loss of Traore
Has caused such a furore
He must be reinstated now
I really don't care how

We had a formidable midfield then
Traore and Kelly (and Carter) made us play like men
Who knew what they were doing
Since then midfield's gone to wrack and ruin

Sinclair, Kelly, Traore perhaps Carter
Makes me feel more confident for starters
So why have they been excluded
Or I am crazy, dreaming or deluded

Direct questions need to be put to Cooper, Ash
Why no Drissa, Robert, Marcus, Darren - a backlash?
Fans have a right to know what is the situation
Because speculation becomes form of frustration

Surely it is easy to tell us why they are not picked
Because it is this equivocation the fans it doth afflict
An explanation to friend and foes will go some way
As to why these players are not picked on matchdays
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:32 pm

Swapping Roles with Shakespeare

When William claimed our world is just a stage
And we are merely players one and all
Was he inspired with quill upon the page
Or horrified and shocked by this football?

Did our great Bard endure and watch them play
That rough and tumble long ‘ere rules began,
From his window on any given day
In muddy streets with bladder spheres to hand.

Did his namesake see how oft seasons arch
Or expect that he’d be coach instead?
Did Claudio beware the Ideas of March
Did some backstage cry out ‘Off with his head’?

Can Craig dismiss this dark and barren spell
So we can all say all’s well that ends well ?

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Anyone else sense the parallel with Scotty replacing Adie bjust before the play-offs, and the Leicestere scenario*...or is it just me?
And how refreshing was Saturday v Silkmen? Daggers and Sutton away will be huge markers. If we can hold our own. We seem to have lost 200 at home to the cold. It would be great to see 2K again with the usual healthy Wrexham contingent in a fortnight.

*Re poem. A hopefully self-explanatory sonnet with a few William Shakespeare references throw in for good measure. This on Craig Shakespeare suddenly wanting to be manager after two games, following the disgraceful dismissal of the gentleman that is Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City.

Thanks to Ash Loveridge for pointing me towards John Motson’s witty heads-up and Shakespeare quotes and for putting passionate grammar back into football reporting on Forest Green Rovers up and down the country .

Lastly to World Cup Willie the Shake who referred to the game, as it was back then, several times in his works. Bless.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER Smoke Flaresgate

Postby Football Poets » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:27 pm

Smoke Flares Limerick

a smoker who came from round here
loved width in the trousers he’d wear
he would press them and coax them
he’d iron them and smoke them
he just loved how the bottoms would flare


Look I might have got the wrong end of the incident ...but if people want to smoke and wear flares why can't they go outside?..
i know lots of people including me, who wore flares and smoked way back.
Unless of course they are actually smoking their own old flared trousers which is another whole ball-game and H&S /extreme ironing issue....explore..

Ouch.
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TREADING ON DREAMS

Postby TheFarmcotian » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:23 pm

We all have dreams of FGR advancing in the leagues. I just thought that a little contemplation on this from WB Yeats would be appropriate. it is one of my favourite poems of all and has a quality of calm contemplation coupled with a steely determination to hold onto ones dreams.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:38 pm

Such a sublime poem, thanks for reminding me of it FC.

And thanks Crispin for taking the sublime to the hilarious.

Great, on World Poetry Day.
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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH?

Postby TheFarmcotian » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:38 am

As my son said at the end of the match: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs - you have clearly misread the situation”

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Ever seen a diamond pattern disintegrate from afar
Backwards and forwards with a lump in the throat
Russell to Wedge, Ellis, Dale, Wish, tactics totally bizarre
Chances of winning the game and championship remote

There are times when one has to wonder what tactics work
Never getting out of our half, two attacking forwards start the game
Nothing to their feet, made the fans go berserk
Were these tactics for the insane?

No Kells, Carter, Sincs, which was Drissapointing
But Fabian was fabulous and Noble his usual aggressive presence
But the shadows of the past with our team superior but lacking was haunting
And Liam was lucky to survive with an act of footballing misfeasance

The fans Wish to bring on the mighty Marcus to add class and pace
Was answered and suddenly there was an outlet on the left
And with more speed from Kane we were able to be back in the race
It provided the desire for the fans and Christian to not be left bereft

And there it was with the moaners ready to swamp the forum
We Doidged the bullet with a 94th minute winner
Our saviour once again brought peace, euphoria and little decorum
Cooper had moved to tactical saint and was no longer a tactical sinner

With our beloved FGR in impish mood this coming weekend
We could be six points clear of the Lincoln machine
But on picking the heroes of the Wrexham game it could depend
And we could become champions - and the world will truly turn Green!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:54 pm

Nice one. Doidged the bullet indeed!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:26 pm

Hearing about all those "fans" who think it's acceptable to insult a 19 year old kid, who's trying his heart out for the club, put me in mind of this Madness song:-

Heard a “fan” just the other day,
Don't seem they wanna know you no more,
They've laid it down when you just couldn’t score,
Within the first two lines they bluntly said.

“You're not to come and play us no more,
Keep away from our door,
Don't play 'round here no more”
What on earth did you do that for?

Our true fans, we don't wanna know you,
You are a disgrace to the human race we say,
How can you show your face,
When you're a disgrace to the human race?.


No aupporting, you're an embarrassment,
Yes, an embarrassment, a living endorsement,
The intention that you have booked,
Was an intention that was overlooked.

We say, stay away,
Don't want you at The New Lawn today,
Keep away from our door,
Don't come 'round here no more.

Our true fans, we don't wanna know, we says,
This is a serious matter,
Too late to reconsider,
No one's gonna wanna know ya!


You're an embarrassment...
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:47 pm

Excellent VB - saved me writing something to stop this madness. So you used Madness to emphasise the ridiculous situation about screaming at a 19 year old.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER~ On Our Way (or are we?)

Postby Football Poets » Wed May 03, 2017 12:58 pm

On Our Way

I’m tempting fate to get this down
amid the hopes that swirl around
but has the moment comes around
to get into the league?

It’s not about the vegan pies
nor playing under Cotswold skies
our taste is for a greater prize
to get into the league

it’s not the eco world that’s planned
electric cars beside the stand
we climb the hill with heart in hand
to get into the league

we’ve been here only twice before
sometimes it’s hard to not ignore
the days and nights that we endure
to get into the league

we’ve dreamt and waited for so long
to rectify where we went wrong
we’re on our way we sing this song
to get into the league

the time for superstition’s done
but battle lost or battle won
our goal will still remain as one
to get into the league


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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Tue May 09, 2017 10:03 am

A new poem written by Stuart Butler (Radical/Local Historical Walk Organiser /Teacher and Co-founder Football Poets in Stroud in 1996)

Blake, Bunyan, Wordsworth and Forest Green

And lo, it came to pass that when the Forest Green fans sang
‘Stand up for the Forest Green’,
All fans throughout the ground and stands,
Stood up.
And when the Forest Green fans sang
‘Sit down for the Forest Green’,
All fans throughout the ground and stands,
Sat down.
Truly, this was a paradisal state of beatitude:
An epiphany where all was a New Lawn of harmony,
Where all division and dissent disappeared
In a blissful unification of opposites,
Where lion stood up with lamb,
And where lamb sat down with lion,
In a self-governing collective of joy;

And when the final whistle blew,
The public address system filled the valleys and hills
With Jerusalem and its effulgent message,
And the football poets and the People’s Republic of Stroud
Did walk upon the mountains green,
In Forest Green,
Far above the dark satanic mills of old Stroud-water –

But even in the midst of heaven, there is temptation,
For it is an arduous path of the pilgrim to the football league:
Past the Wicket Gate, the Slough of Despond,
The Hill of Difficulty, the Valley of Humiliation,
The Shining Light, the River of Death,
The Delectable Mountain,
Vanity Fair,
Half Man Half Biscuit
(For verily, these are the constituent parts of Tranmere Rovers),
If we are to reach the Celestial City,

Where there will be happiness in the by and by,
And quorn pie in the sky,
And we will walk with Wordsworth on Westminster Bridge,
And through the lanes and paths of Nailsworth,
Horsley, Forest Green, Shortwood and Newmarket:

For ‘Earth’ will not have
‘Anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty.’

Details on a performative, celebratory, historical walk to follow if triumphant at Wembley.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Tue May 09, 2017 10:17 am

I enjoyed that - thank you!
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