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AN OPUS FOR THE SEASON GONE BYE

Postby TheFarmcotian » Wed May 17, 2017 8:11 pm

Good evening all

I am working on an opus which encapsulates the magnificent season just past. It's going to take quite some time and mesh a number of styles. I''d like to break it into six segment representing, the four phases of the season (the lunar phases), the playoffs and final and then the unknown (the future) . It'll take me quite some time as there is a lot of info to sift through. But up front I'd like ideas, moments that particularly grabbed, affected, annoyed, pleased, overjoyed, puzzled (and there were a lot of those), confounded and astounded you.

I don't want paragraphs of description. Perhaps just one sentence or even one phrase (even a word which is particullarly useful to poets) . I would like to get as many people to contribute - I want it to be a supporters poem. Those with influence may even help by getting hold of Dale V, the players, support staff etc. I would like to make it representative of the club not my own distorted personal view.

I do hope you can help. Whilst it is pleasurable (for me anyway) to write one off verse, getting my teeth into something that would at least mean something to me would be great.

So: over to you.

PS. If you want to remain anonymous just message me or e-mail direct on 4farmcotian@gmail.com THANKS IN ADVANCE!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Corner Flag » Wed May 17, 2017 8:49 pm

Nice one.

Some of the memorable things for me….

Bad
Losing what should have been a 9 point lead in the last couple of minutes against Lincoln.
Coop's dressing room ultimatum.
North Ferriby at home.

Good
Doidge's 27 goals including his wonder strike at Wembley.
Kaiyne's goals at Wembley
Big Sam's Rovers Return
Captain Marvellous Liam Noble celebrations after a goal
Dale Bennetts untiring work rate
Drissa the Conference Kante
Stuffing Aldershot away (ont' telly)
The South Stand's singing
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Re: AN OPUS FOR THE SEASON GONE BYE

Postby Corner Flag » Wed May 17, 2017 8:54 pm

TheFarmcotian wrote:I am working on an opus which encapsulates the magnificent season just past.

After 18 seasons in the Conference / National League, with all it's ups and downs (not literally but very nearly ;) ) I suspect you could write a Nordic Saga! :D
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Wed May 17, 2017 9:20 pm

A brilliant start - thanks so much.. Keats, Shelly, Larkin, John Cooper Clarke look out! THANKS. And curry can rhyme with so much!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Wed May 17, 2017 10:42 pm

OK random thoughts

Passion, belief - "I woke up this morning feeling fine,
I’ve got promotion on my mind,
Coopers got us playing the way we should, oh yeah,
Something tells me I’m into something good…"

Rammed into the chicken coop at Dagenham feeling aggrieved

Returning to Minch common after win, sun setting over turbine saying goodbye to non-league football in Nailsworth

Jerusalem echoing round the valleys Mon eve

Loving being rammed into the CE

The press seem to love us, other clubs' fans not so sure
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Corner Flag » Wed May 17, 2017 11:07 pm

Ned wrote:
TheFarmcotian wrote:And curry can rhyme with so much!


Off the top of my head I am only getting:

Hurry
Worry
Slurry
Flurry

But I am a bear of very little brain.

That just about sums up the whole season Ned.

Who needs an opus? :D
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Re: AN OPUS FOR THE SEASON GONE BYE

Postby Football Poets » Thu May 18, 2017 2:49 pm

[quote="TheFarmcotian"]Good evening all

I am working on an opus which encapsulates the magnificent season just past. It's going to take quite some time and mesh a number of styles. I''d like to break it into six segment representing, the four phases of the season (the lunar phases), the playoffs and final and then the unknown (the future) . It'll take me quite some time as there is a lot of info to sift through. But up front I'd like ideas, moments that particularly grabbed, affected, annoyed, pleased, overjoyed, puzzled (and there were a lot of those), confounded and astounded you.

I don't want paragraphs of description. Perhaps just one sentence or even one phrase (even a word which is particularly useful to poets) . I would like to get as many people to contribute - I want it to be a supporters poem. Those with influence may even help by getting hold of Dale V, the players, support staff etc. I would like to make it representative of the club not my own distorted personal view.

Re : I do hope you can help. Whilst it is pleasurable (for me anyway) to write one off verse, getting my teeth into something that would at least mean something to me would be great.

So: over to you.

Hi Farmcotian...A brilliant and commendable plan. That's great if you do that . So much to cover. I will get a few moments that stand out to me off to you..There have been so many different ones for us all. Think of it as an epic unpaid commission! I'd be really pleased if you can put that together. I found the idea and the task enormous.

So, for my part, in the poem that follows, I just wanted to convey a little of the emotion that I and hopefully some of us are feeling right now after a season we thought had fallen away, the play offs, Wembley and , the party aftermath. Thwe feeling we feel as we l wake up and pinch ourselves.

The stuff that brand new fans and those of you who have followed Forest Green for far longer than myself, have been through all along the way. From standing under that tiny corrugated bit at The Lawn to the CE Suite or the South Stand at the New Lawn.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Thu May 18, 2017 2:56 pm

Sometimes


sometimes there are no words to find
that can express in prose or rhyme
this achievement this promotion
this relief and this emotion
felt in ev'ry single fan
who's longed for this since they began
who dreamt of this through thick and thin
the scrappy loss the narrow win
who came up here to sit or stand
so often with their heart in hand
the quiet stands that saw it all
the final rise after the fall
but now our hearts beat louder than
some drum and bass or garage band
like shackled prisoners breaking free
we've fin'lly made it to the league
and care not what they say or do
now we've been shown that dreams comes true

it's had to work it's hard to sleep
the sounds and images that keep
repeating over in our brain
they rumble on just like the train
or coach or car that brought us home
from Wembley that we made our own
we hold our breath we count to ten
but then re-live it all again
and just like little children do
we realize that dreams come true

the changes burst like sun through mist
that some at first tried to resist
convinced they could not work or last
content to wallow in the past
those seasons that would end in tears
for some it lasted decades - years
a century in black and white
the darkest depths that begged for light
those seasons that would end in tears
the struggles here that they endured
the endless longing oft ignored
when for so long what kept hopes up
was some big draw here in the Cup
the ship that nearly ran aground
until by chance a hand was found
whose vision beckoned green and new
to prove that sometimes dreams come true

but now with concepts blown aside
the moans and groans replaced with pride
we rub our eyes we cant believe
this thing that we've at last achieved
and though the road looms large ahead
with tougher tests and days ahead
how great that now after so long
we've fin'lly found our voice and song
and sound and look like the real thing
what dramas will next season bring
it just reminds us - me and you
that yes sometimes dreams do come true

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Corner Flag » Thu May 18, 2017 3:12 pm

Nice one Football Poets. :)

Now the challange is ………

Find a rhyme for our goal scorers on Sunday! :D
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Postby Greeners Jnr » Thu May 25, 2017 2:12 pm

My latest ditty with apologies to Sir Rod Stewart....

Please feel free to expand.......

You're an essay in ecology
Don't care bout the geography
Coz your every footie fans dream
Not Celtic or United, Forest Green I've decided
Your the best team we've ever seen.

Your in our heart your in our soul
We hold breath when you score a goal
You are our friend you are our love
You in our souls?
Geronimo!!!!!!!
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FGR POETRY CORNER is back...Here For The Salad?

Postby Football Poets » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:15 pm

Here For The Salad?

this is when you pinch yourself
dust that scarf from off the shelf
we ain’t scared of no-one else
we are FGR
brand new season brand new era
can you feel it drawing nearer
see our vision growing clearer
raise that concept bar

seats of green lie silent waiting
local hearts anticipating
eco-friendly no debating
living out the dream
days like this will linger longer
time to rise up and be stronger
and confirm that we belong here
up at Forest Green

Forest Green ? But where I hear?
in the middle of nowhere?
Did the salad bring you here?
here to FGR
Wembley mem’ries back in May
blow those cobwebs all away
now it’s here so come the day
come from near and far

perched upon our hillside home
clock our fan-base how it’s grown
see our pitch by solar mown
up at the New Lawn
come and taunt us if you dare
world is changing we don’t care
we’re just grateful to be here
swapping meat for Quorn

we’re prepared for mocking chants
we reply ‘Give Peas A Chance’
come up here and take a glance
this is who we are
call us upstarts when we score
tell us that our menu’s poor
our agenda’s something more
this is FGR

close to Stroud but could be Mars
vegan food electric cars
beer’s organic in our bars
in our bright green home
here where grazing sheep will greet us
we boast Q-Pie and fajitas
green agendas? you can’t beat us
we are on own own

catch the wind that turns the mill
by our home upon the hill?
call us anything you will
“hippies -blah blah blah”
‘fairy tale’ tags out of date
laced with jealousy and hate
we don’t punch above our weight
we are FGR

all those seasons we have known
changing football’s face alone
in a league that’s all our own
we are FGR
are you open can you take it?
are you ready to embrace it?
can you feel it can you taste it ?
up at FGR

this is when you pinch yourself
dust that scarf from off the shelf
we ain’t scared of no-one else
we are FGR
brand new season brand new era
can you feel it drawing nearer
see our vision growing clearer
raise that concept bar

seats of green lie silent waiting
local hearts anticipating
eco-friendly no debating
living out the dream
days like this will linger longer
time to rise up and be stronger
and confirm that we belong here
up at Forest Green


c. Crispin Thomas /Football Poets

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Written on the eve of Forest Green Rovers v Barnet ,
FGR’s first ever match in the EFL Football League 2 on Saturday 5th August 2017 .
In case you’ve been sleeping under a non-organic hedge (is there one?) this is the little team on the hill’s first season in the League after 19 years in the Conference’, having been a non league team since 1889!

Will the green vision bubble burst or implode like a carton of houmous on a hot day at Womad ? Climb aboard if you dare. Take the mickey we don’t care.

All together now, in those deeply spiritual words of Herman’s Hermits: “Woke up this morning feelin’ fine …”
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:38 pm

Awesome!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Green Robin » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:18 am

Hello there. Crispin ask me to join. So here I am. I run the history/literature/performative walking in the landscape site www.radicalstroud.co.uk but write about football too. I have written two prose-poems about wandering in search for the soul of Forest Green. Here's the first (I'll add the second next week).

I went searching for the soul of Forest Green,
Wandering intuitively, ad hoc
Inferentially, without any
A priori knowledge or insight:
It was a tabula rasa wander.

Northfields Road smacked of enclosed fields
(‘Its only bondage was the circling sky’),
And Eighteenth century food riots,
With Captain Swing riding over in Horsley,
While dark satanic mills in the valleys
Stood where weavers once combined for justice.

I crossed the threshold of a century,
Past chapel, school, and blacksmith’s workshop,
Through labyrinths of handloom weavers’ paths,
Along a valley far below the flood threat
Of countless springs and teeming brooks and streams,
Along The Rollers, Chestnut Hill, Star Hill,
And so to the Jovial Foresters,
Where the players used to change for the match,
(Victorian post box in its roadside wall),
Past a blue plaque to Private Charles Marmont,
Died of wounds 21st May 1918,
Aged 20,
Buried Forest Green Chapel Graveyard,
And so to where Joseph Weight used to work
(A Nailsworth Conscientious Objector),
Before he faced the tribunal’s judgement
On whether he really had a conscience.

And this is how I found the soul of Nailsworth -
In Newmarket, Shortwood, Horsley, Forest Green,
Wandering up and down through space and time -
And even though this felt a world away
From Stroud, let alone a new stadium
By the motorway at Eastington,
We can magnify small differences:
My DNA takes me back to Bronze Age migrations,
From the western fringes of India,
Thence to Anglo-Saxon invasions
Of what we now call England.

We’re all migrants, aren’t we?
It doesn’t have to be a vampiric
Trope of metempsychosis:
Soul might be in the imagination,
Not a landscape or topography.
We’re all migrants, aren’t we?
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:18 am

Green Robin wrote: I have written two prose-poems about wandering in search for the soul of Forest Green. Here's the first (I'll add the second next week).


Welcome aboard Sir. Great work . Such history here.

Aside from blown up century old newspaper cutings and the pics in the corridor in the CE Suite, we must have the smallest club museum in the world (glass/perspex box on the stairs in the main stand). In a similar way it's made we want to explore the soul of FGR's football past and reclaim whatever we can in artefacts , cups, programes etc. I'm in the moment and into the future, but we cannot neglect our past totally.

When I worked up at FGR for a bit about 8 years ago in the the (then) Study Centre, I was horrified tot find silver cups snd fading team pohotes from yesteryear in an old cardboard box under the stand. Working with you on Trenchcosts for Goalposts opened my eyes wide to the world as it was in the 1900s in Forest Green , changing in the Jovial Forester et al..What times they must have been.

Tim B has done some great work in this area and Chris G is doing loads. Looking forwrd to Part Two Green Robin ... and more please ...so it begins.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Green Robin » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:47 pm

Searching for the Soul of Forest Green Rovers Part Two

‘We think place is about space but in fact, it is really about time.’
(Rebecca Solnit)

When I first went in search of the soul of FGR,
I wandered through fields and lanes and hills and hedgerows,
Trying to find FGR’s elusive genius loci,
A topographical version of the soul,
Interwoven with local history,
Only to reach the conclusion that this soul
Might just be found in the imagination,
An invented fey ley line,
Emanating from the Jovial Forester,
Stretching up to The New Lawn Another Way
Down through the old hamlet of Forest Green,
And along the valley to the River Frome,
And thence to the River Severn,
A gateway to a world far beyond the Five Valleys:
In short, a Janus-like conjoining
Of both introspection and extrojection.

But a reading of Tim Barnard’s FGR history:
Something to Shout About
Gave me something to think about,
And grounded me further in time as well as space,
Viz:
1. Late 19th century Stroud Journal football reports used an eccentric first person approach from the point of view of the football: for example, ‘The goal Forest Green got was … a very lucky one. I was quite by myself, and the Stroud goalkeeper rushed at me … Signed: The Ball.’
2. Woodchester Priory had a team in 1895, and players readily switched clubs: Woodchester, Nailsworth, Forest Green, Stroud, and so on.
3. On the other hand, playing for Forest Green passed through the generations; the same names appear – Marmont, for example; or, the Browns: ‘Don’t you dare sign for Shortwood – Browns play for Forest Green …’ There was the ‘exaggeration of small differences’ syndrome: Newmarket, Shortwood, Forest Green.
4. A village like Amberley could put out a team before the Great War; so could the M&SWJ Railway – it makes you think about how that war ripped the hearts out of so many villages. (No one smiles in early 1920s team pictures, as a rule, do they?)
5. What’s in a name? Forest Green and Nailsworth teams seemed to almost serially swop names before the Great War: ‘Nailsworth and Forest Green United’ standing out as an archetypal period piece of footballing nomenclature.
6. Extracts from Trenchcoats for Goalposts: ‘Fancy a pint, Ernie?’ ‘Don’t mind if I do, Ernie.’ Lights shine on sign - Both: ‘The Jovial Foresters!’ ‘Home of Forest Green. Changed in here every Saturday. Its very quiet tonight though isn’t it.’ ‘Well … that’s old Kitchener for you.’ Both: ‘Your Country Needs You!’

Who’s for the Game? by Jessie Pope:

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he’d rather sit tight?
Who’ll toe the line for the signal to ‘Go!’?
Who’ll give his country a hand?
Who wants a turn to himself in the show?
And who wants a seat in the stand?
Who knows it won’t be a picnic – not much-
Yet eagerly shoulders a gun?
Who would much rather come back with a crutch
Than lie low and be out of the fun?
Come along, lads –
But you’ll come on all right –
For there’s only one course to pursue,
Your country is up to her neck in a fight,
And she’s looking and calling for you.

7. Lilian Northwood lived close to the pub and looked back to the post-war years in Forest Green Lily. She spoke of the team’s successes; marching behind the Nailsworth silver band; ‘The Rovers’ black and white flag fluttered proudly in the breeze’; music and dancing in the street outside the pub:
‘We are the Forest Green Rovers
Our forwards are hot on the ball
Our half-backs and full-backs want beating
And the goalie they can’t beat at all
Chorus
Where will they be when the Rovers take the running?
Where will they be when they’ve done their level best?
Where will they be with all their strength and cunning?

Ten to one on the Rovers and nothing on the rest.’
8. FG yo-yoed up and down Chestnut Hill from The Lawn to Nailsworth and back in the 1920s. Pitches included Tanner’s Piece (now Park Road); Enoch’s Field (now King George V’s Playing Fields); Hayes Road (near the Jovial Forester), owned by FG Congregational Church – they had a team too, and The Lawn. You could spectate from a bedroom window, or crawl through hedgerows, or retrieve footballs from the same hedgerows, or help cut the grass and keep the ground tidy.
9. The British Empire transmitted its racial tropes: one ‘mascot’ would dispense with the customary black and white stripes, top hat and tails, and would, instead, ‘black up’, climbing Spring Hill, frightening children, armed with a shield and a spear.
10. Society transmitted its gender tropes: wives, sisters, aunts, mothers had to wash and iron all the football kit, on top of everything else.
11. 1936 was a year! Abdication Crisis … Hitler’s gamble on marching into the Rhineland … FG decide to buy the football ground at auction, without the necessary.
12. Local derbies attracted crowds of some seven hundred, otherwise ‘just a smattering’ (Peter Vick). People biked and walked over the commons for the derbies, Brimscombe being the key game for both FG and Brimscombe.
13. The sun shone, lawns were being mown, pillboxes at Framilode built facing the wrong way: ‘What a day for a war.’ During WW2, Lord Lee (resident at Avening) paid for a cup for a local league; it was won by Nailsworth Rangers and placed on a shelf at the Britannia; from where it mysteriously disappeared. Other matches took place against the RAF at Aston Down; the Home Guard kept watch; my old friend Peter Tickner was evacuated to Eastington from where he witnessed the night sky turn red when Coventry was blitzed; the football pitch at The Lawn was turned over to pasture. Players such as Ronnie Clift (killed in Crete) lost their lives.
14. After the war, Peter Vick would regularly cut his nose when heading the ball – his glasses were of steel, made to sit inside a gas mask. Other consequences of the war included Polish refugees and service people living in camps. (Remember the Polish contribution to the Battle of Britain and ‘The few’) They had a team in the Stroud League in the early 50s.
15. 1948-49 saw programmes sold for the first time – the night before a match at the George Hotel in Nailsworth and the Jolly Forester.
16. 1951: a colour change almost occurred, from black and white stripes (established 1919) to green and white stripes.

‘and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ TS Eliot

17. And the swinging sixties? 1965: Ready Steady Go!(?) No – Points West. FG on TV for the first time with the opening of the new grandstand.
18. Welcome to the 1970s: Punk comes and goes … The Falklands War … the New Romantics … and … … Mrs. Thatcher … and … ‘WEMBERLY, WEMBERLY, WE ARE THE FAMOUS FOREST GREEN ROVERS AND WE’RE PLAYING AT WEMBERLY’ 1982 FA Vase Final FGR 3 Rainworth Miners Welfare 0. The poignancy of that name! Rainworth Miners Welfare – little did we know exactly what was just around the corner … Miners’ Support Group(s) in Stroud …
19. And after that for FGR? Gates below 200; a team picture from 1986-87, back row, 2nd left: ‘unknown’.
20. And a name change … 1989, FGR rebranded as Stroud FC. A shock to all, one year before the FGR centenary. A couple of years later, and, money was owed to the Inland Revenue, the brewery was ‘after them’, the coffers could barely run to turning on the floodlights, debts kept mounting, a fanzine was launched and closed after two issues and the threat of legal action … But! There was a return to the 1970s black and white kit! And in May 1992, the name reverted back to Forest Green Rovers!
21. Frank Gregan was an old school manager – his training routines included sending the players up and down Chestnut Hill to report back on the price of an onion bhaji; there’s something of the Empire about this … did the restaurant continually alter the price under Mr. Gregan’s orders? Was inflation that rampant? Or was it an easy gig for the players … ‘Same price as last week, boss.’ Anyway, now that Girish is selling his vegan curries up at the New Lawn, life gets easier on the training ground.
22. A new stand in 1996; gates more than doubled in a couple of years to 500 … and a history of local, regional and the quaintly named ‘Hellenic League’, together with back-to-back promotions brought the demands of modernity to the table: promotion to the Conference would mean further ground improvements: more seats; more covered terracing.
23. The end of the millennium meant FGR’s second visit to Wembley, with a whole series of multiple miraculous escapes from relegation from the Conference in the new one. Last Minute Goals! Results improbably going FGR’s way on the final day of the season! Goal Difference! Other club’s malfeasance or inadequate stadiums! Glued to teletext and ceefax! You couldn’t make it up, folks! Safe for another season!
24. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe … ideas for a new stadium at Stonehouse; or along the Avening Road; instead … plans for a new stand at The Lawn to satisfy Conference rules and regulations. And in another parallel universe … coaches from Worksop for a fixture against FGR went to Forest Green, near Gatwick. You couldn’t make it up, folks!
25. And in yet another parallel universe … a repeated line: ‘The FA Vase and FA Trophy double would have to wait for another year.’
26. And back at the ranch … Stroud College objected to any expansion of the ground … that would mean that FGR could face relegation as the ground would not satisfy Conference regulations … so attention turned to the aptly named Highwood playing fields … work started 2005 … But debts continued to mount, indeed, spiral. And even though initial discussions with Dale Vince in 2009 about sponsorship were fruitless … like a windblown Topsy, the discussions grew … as did the involvement of Mr Vince, as chairman; as did the sponsorship of Ecotricity, as did the environmental awareness re cuisine and transport … and the team’s colours changed once more …
27. And now here we at The New Lawn, in the Football League, and with the possibility of a change of home to Eastington: there’s something typically FGR paradoxical about going west to Eastington; ‘Another Way’.

Conclusion

‘and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ TS Eliot

‘Pub team with money, you’re just a pub team with money.’

When the Eastleigh fans sang that, did they know that they were referencing the Jolly Forester?
Or was there an ambient, subliminal force at work?
A fey ley line working its magic, channeled from the old Jolly Forester?
The spiritual home of FGR.
The soul of Forest Green.

FGR have had an equivocal relationship with Forest Green and the local landscape; Newmarket, Shortwood, Nailsworth, Stroud, the Five Valleys; a part of it and apart from it. The topography has always meant a pressure on space and the capacity of stadiums. Climbing the football ladder has constantly meant a questioning of the utility of the stadiums at The Lawn and The New Lawn. Heraclitus: ‘The only constant is flux.’

Ditto, team strip and colours.

Ditto, getting to and from the match. ‘O tempora, o mores!’

The tales of LS Lowry-like women and men, girls and boys, matchstick dogs and cats … walking or cycling over the commons … and now … all those cars jamming the local roads … despite a brilliant local bus service.
It would be great if FGR could promote a healthy life style not just through diet and energy, but also through promoting walking, cycling and using public transport to the match.

I think it was Perry Anderson who said that nations were ‘imagined communities’. The same could be said of FGR – but having read, thought, wandered and wondered, my ultimate conclusion is that the heart and soul of the ‘imagined community of FGR lies by the Jolly Forester. (Singular? Plural?)
I shall walk up there sometime and re-imagine the band playing in the street outside, the dancing in the lanes, the singing, the celebratory recompense that FGR could give after the devastation of the Great War.
(See point 7 above.)

‘and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ TS Eliot

‘Pub team with money, you’re just a pub team with money.’

If and when the move to Eastington takes place, I hope there could be some heritage boards constructed at the new ground. And if the owners agreed, a plaque at the house which was the pub and changing room. There is a post box in the wall there: wouldn’t it be marvelous if when the ground switch happens, fans posted a memory of The Lawn/New Lawn to the new ground. There could be a changing display.
and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’ TS Eliot

Post script
Stuart, I've been reading an e-copy of this. Fascinated by FGR's early amalgamation with Nailsworth Thursday FC

FOOTBALL by Jean Philippe Toussaint
‘Toussaint is carving out one of the most fascinating literary oeuvres of our times.’ – Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
‘This is a book that no one will like, not intellectuals, who aren’t interested in football, or football-lovers, who will find it too intellectual. But I had to write it, I didn’t want to break the fine thread that still connects me to the world.’ (Jean Philippe Toussaint

Emerveillement
‘Le football, comme la peinture, selon Leonard de Vinci, est cosa mentale, c’est dans l’imaginaire qu’iI se mesure et s’apprecie. La nature de l’emerveillement que le football suscite provient des fantasmes de triomphe et de toute-puissance qu’il genere dans notre esprit.’

Wonder
‘Football, like painting according to Leonardo da Vinci, is a cosa mentale; it is in the imagination that it is measured and appreciated. The nature of the wonder that football provokes derives from the fantasies of triumph and omnipotence that it generates in our minds.’
(With thanks to Helen Aubrey for the translation)
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER 2017/2018

Postby Football Poets » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:43 am

Time to get serious and remind the world we've always been deep forestly Green. Not a poem as such as we know it, but...
given that the media is currently nicking all the best puns about us, here's my recent historical to current take.

All Time Vegan FGR X1
(with 5 very healthy options upfront)

‘Organic’ Jam Russell
Date Bennett
Jack Springwater
Ethan Pinenuts
Leekam Noble
Manny Muesli
Keanu Mash Brown
Christian Soyge
James Rawfood (Norwood ouch)
Jon Piekin
Kale Woolery

Save The Ink Eco Campaign:
Just noticed another big change on being in the League .:
Emmanuel Monthe on the new programme squad lisitings is now Manny Mothe or are we just cutting back on ink?.

Could Christian Doidge therefore not be shortened to Doidgey?
Liam to Nobes, Shamir to Shami, Drissa to Driss...,
and Sam R and Bradley Collins to 'Super Sam' and Super Brad'?

If we shortened the squad names we could extend the squad too ..and it would make the team line up being read out faster and more fun .
.Just saying and trying to help.

PS I have to say, when i used to hear 'Sincs' (or sinks as we say in the kitchen) I always felt it had a je ne sais quoi/ getting bogged down/ Glasto stylee in the mud vibe about it .But what do I know and now it's too late to change it. Vegan but ponder. Onward.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:53 pm

As I have told you a thousand times in the last hour you need to keep a sense of proportion.

He's good, he's bad
I'm happy, he's sad
We're hopeless, we're great
It's karma, it's fate
Last week "we're sublime"
This week "Can only play till halftime"

Ok it's opinions that make great sport
But on two games showing
Let's pause for thought
When eight games in maybe the future we're knowing

So as Marvin the Paranoid android stressed
I think you ought to know I'm very depressed
By reading the downers on FGR strife
Life don't talk to me about life!
Time is but an illusion - lunchtime doubly so.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:01 am

Brilliant!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:25 am

I almost sensed some team spirit last night, which put me in mind of one of my favourite grunge songs.

Sorry Kurt...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FklUAoZ6KxY

SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

Load up on scarves
Bring your friends
No fun to lose and to pretend
We’re overboard, self assured
Mark Cooper says a dirty word

Rovers, rovers, rovers, rovers
Rovers, rovers, rovers, rovers

With the grass cut, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel hopeful and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A midfielder, a Defender
And a striker, my left-winger, yeah

Hey, yay

I'm worse at what I should do well
Stand on my feet and really yell.
Our little forum’s always been
And always will be Forest Green

Come on, come on, come on Rovers
Come on, come on, come on Rovers

Without Russell, it's more dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
We are vegans, not contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A falafel, a Q Pie
‘ave some chips with curry sauce, yeah

Hey, yay

And on and on and on and on…
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby TheFarmcotian » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:28 pm

voodoobluesman wrote:I almost sensed some team spirit last night, which put me in mind of one of my favourite grunge songs.

Sorry Kurt...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FklUAoZ6KxY

SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

Load up on scarves
Bring your friends
No fun to lose and to pretend
We’re overboard, self assured
Mark Cooper says a dirty word

Rovers, rovers, rovers, rovers
Rovers, rovers, rovers, rovers

With the grass cut, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel hopeful and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A midfielder, a Defender
And a striker, my left-winger, yeah

Hey, yay

I'm worse at what I should do well
Stand on my feet and really yell.
Our little forum’s always been
And always will be Forest Green

Come on, come on, come on Rovers
Come on, come on, come on Rovers

Without Russell, it's more dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
We are vegans, not contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A falafel, a Q Pie
‘ave some chips with curry sauce, yeah

Hey, yay

And on and on and on and on…



Great stuff VBM - I'll sing it in my best KC accent. Yet more to be depressed about!
Time is but an illusion - lunchtime doubly so.
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