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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Chrisgump11 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:22 am

Have had that song & Nirvana video in my head for days, since reading your version. Thanks Voodoobluesman
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:27 am

You're welcome CG. Don't forget to click on the link for Wierd Al's versions!
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby GETCARTER » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:27 pm

The Rovers used to sing :- We are Forest Green Rovers,
Our strikers are hot on the ball,
Our midfield and backs want beating,
And the goalie they can't beat at all.

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.

Taken and adapted from Forest Green Lily book by Lilian Northwood and John Gardiner .
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Timb » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:37 pm

But not yet adapted and adopted by 21st century FGR supporters.

It's our own original song, not someone else's hand me down.

I've just read the Green Robin take on FGR. Good stuff and very much in line with my feelings.

Still frustrated after the last 2 Saturdays. Plenty for the squad to work on this week but the above helps to keep things in perspective.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:53 am

Motty ~ The Man The Coat The Mike


some of us started with Brian Moore
and never knew the truth about Stuart Hall
but the first commentating I ever heard
were Kenneth Wolstenholme's old skool words
and Archie McPherson's a passionate Scot
but none of them prepare like brave Johnny Mott

Peter Jones had a fabulous style
and David Coleman by a country mile
Bob Wilson's quite thoughtful and mild
and Glenn Hoddle still drives psychics wild
Barry Davies had a powerful throat
but John's got a beautiful sheepskin coat

now loads find 'Greeny' feisty and rude
but Alan's got passion and attitude
Jimmy Armfield’s got depth and soul
and Jacqui Oatley broke the mould
Jimmy Hill drove me totally potty
but for stats on acid you couldn’t beat Motty

here among the sheep at FGR
you might not know him or where we are
but he likes saying "truthfully" a lot
and Bob Hunt* is the finest we've got
win or lose man he's always there
getting quite excited tearing out his hair

'but Motty's the one for the real classic lines
one of them'll probably last for all time :
"For all of you watching in black and white
Spurs are all- yellow" he said one night
and here's another that was really well meant:
“The World Cup’s a truly international event”

but I think of Motson wherever I go
standing in a blizzard knee deep in snow
notes in his hand cap on his head
looking like Dell Boy longing for his bed
serious expression standing all alone
telling us “It’s off!”….. as if we didn’t know



What will we do now ? Motty’s hanging up his mike.

http://footballpoets.org/poems/motty-th ... hn-motson/

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby The Old TomCat » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:38 am

Thanks FP, those names brought back some happy memories.

Motty made his name when Hereford beat Newcastle in FA Cup in, I think, 1971.
I was stationed in Bahrain at time and radio coverage then was less than pathetic. The one result that did come thru was the Newcastle one.
Great to watch continual replays of that match especially as I announced result over the tannoy in the officer's mess with big smile on my face. :D
Also I was living in an 18-man dormitory room alongside 17 northerners who gave me a lot of grief for being a 'soft' southerner. I more than made up for it with that result. :lol:
Motty, you will be missed.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:45 am

Sometimes, we all have to look at things a bit differently.

Keep believing
Even when we struggle
Never deceiving
Thinking things are a muddle.

Save the goals
Take the chances
Reap the rewards
It’s our circumstances

Perhaps we’ll draw
Even win
It’s not the law
Surely not a sin

A real hope
Don’t give this up
It’s not deceiving
Can we now catch up?

Keep believing.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:12 am

Night Games

there's a certain spark
when the sky turns dark
and we gather from village and town
there's something right
about the light in the night
when the floodlights loom from the ground
at night games

so you chat with your friends
and you try to pretend
that confidence runs through your veins
then you look at the time
and you say we'll be fine
and you try to believe it again
at night games

its that magical land
where we sit or we stand
in the same place that we've come to know
and the eyes they adjust
as a fan's eyes must
and the stage is contained in a glow
at night games

it's a theatre like scene
with a pitch in between
and we go through the stuff we go through
the shadows appear
as we strain and we peer
and the nerves start to build as they do
at night games

but you're there and you're back
under skies that turn black
with a feeling of hope ev'rywhere
it's hard to explain
as we stare through the rain
and the ball seems to slice through the air
at night games

you get fog rolling in
as proceedings begin
or the warmth of some late Summer night
but the atmosphere shakes
as the South Stand awakes
and victory's there in your sight
at night games

and later alone
as you wind your way home
you reflect on the effort you've seen
but the lessons you learn
will not stop your return
like a moth you're drawn back to the scene
at night games

c Crispin Thomas

As a kid I lived and grew up close to Stamford Bridge and could see the floodlights from my bedroom.
The magic and lure of night games has never left me.

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby camel » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:18 pm

Go easy on me, this poetry stuff is new. I’ve written it to try and capture the contrasting and changing opinions amongst the forum with verses containing contradictory statements.
 
In this game of opinions
 
I’m right,
You’re wrong,
Many fans,
Not one song,
In this game of opinions
 
He should start,
He should be leave,
He’s plan B,
Keep him up our sleeve,
In this game of opinions
 
Leave him out,
Keep him in the dark,
But he’s too good,
He’s our spark,
In this game of opinions
 
We play sideways,
We need to flow,
We go too direct,
We play too slow,
In this game of opinions
 
Pick a back four,
Keep it the same,
Change the full back,
He’s to blame,
In this game of opinions
 
Blame the manager,
Give him the sack,
But he got us promoted,
Just a few months back,
In this game of opinions
 
It’s our transfers,
We didn’t buy well,
Give them time,
They’ll soon gel,
In this game of opinions
 
The purse is tight,
Cash is short,
But the Pinnock Money,
We should have bought!
In this game of opinions
 
We're staying up,
We're going down,
Form needs to change,
Or we'll drown,
In this game of opinions
 
Enjoy the ride,
This isn’t enough,
We should have known,
This league is tough,
In this game of opinions
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:05 pm

Brilliant Camel!

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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Timb » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:18 pm

Do you know of John Cooper Clark Camel?

Bang on.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby The Old TomCat » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:25 pm

voodoobluesman wrote:Brilliant Camel!


+1
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Pitchfork » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:43 pm

Great debut Camel....in this corner of opinions
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Football Poets » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:12 am

nice one Camel
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby NewForestRover » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:53 pm

Pitchfork wrote:Great debut Camel....in this corner of opinions


In this one too!
Excellent.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby camel » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:14 pm

Thanks all for your kind / encouraging words.

Rather embarrassingly I had to look up John Cooper Clarke. My knowledge of poetry is somewhat restricted, but I now realise I had to read 'i wanna be yours' in school! I don't want to hijack the thread but if anyone has any recommendations of poems or poetry books then feel free to PM me. They don't have to be football related.

When I joined this forum the last thing I thought I would have been inspired to do is write poetry. Thanks to all who have posted on here for that. Life is full of surprises and it's often when they catch you from nowhere, like the compulsion to give this a try, that are the most rewarding and enjoyable.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby voodoobluesman » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:46 pm

Poetry is the language of the soul, Camel.

There are so many varied types of poets from Keats to Cooper-Clarke, From Attwood to Zephania.

My personal favourite is Phillip Larkin, but he's not for the cheerful. Have to say though Kate Tempest is a real up and coming talent too.

I'm sure Crispin, our genuine football poet will be of immense help in guiding you.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby Lady Magpie » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:44 pm

FOREST GREEN ROVERS v SWINDON TOWN

I have a quandary about this game
I’ve follow Rovers and Swindon just the same
It’s not my fault where I was born
That I see this match, so forlorn

You see I had a Swindon birth
A Wiltshire Moonraker with all it’s mirth
The County Ground was where we went
To meet Uncle Sid for the soccer event

I was young and in those Swindon years
I knew nothing of The Lawn that will give me cheers
Then one day my Son requested
A trip to The Lawn and all it suggested

I was hooked with the Rovers bug
That’s how the Lawn became my comfy rug
So 46 years I’ve watched them climb
To heights that seem so real sublime

Yet as a supporter it matters less
The winner in this local contest
Be it Swindon or Forest Green
I’m both a winner, and loser with a team

Yes I know I’m Bard from the poetry section.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby camel » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:44 pm

A quick rough and ready poem written waiting for a lift whilst reflecting on Friday night.

Can he last 90 minutes?

Since the first minute,
He knew he's in a fight,
Will he make full time,
It's going to be very tight.

He's giving it a go,
He tries his very best,
Nothing left behind,
This really is a test.

Half time whistle blows,
He's lost a lot of puff,
Another half to go,
This really will be tough.

Full time approaches,
He thinks the battles lost,
His body on the line,
But what will be the cost.

See no away fan has done it,
And stayed on his feet,
Not one bit of dairy,
Not a single piece of meat.

He texts his wife to tell her,
He loves her ever so,
For seeing her again,
Feels really touch and go.

Other fans crowd round him,
"He's tried to go cold turkey",
Luckily they know what to do,
And feed him some beef jerky.

See no away fan can do it,
They simply seem unable,
To comprehend a club,
Where meat is off the table.

Most will boldly state,
"I'd much sooner die",
Than give up their sausage,
To try a vegan pie.

But wait, what's this,
One fan steps up,
A q-pie in one hand,
Vegan beer in his cup.

'Ere lads I'll tell you something,
This stuff is actually pretty good,
In fact I like it so much,
I'd have it next week if I could.
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Re: FGR POETRY CORNER

Postby The Old TomCat » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:50 pm

Lady Magpie wrote:FOREST GREEN ROVERS v SWINDON TOWN

I have a quandary about this game
I’ve follow Rovers and Swindon just the same
It’s not my fault where I was born
That I see this match, so forlorn

You see I had a Swindon birth
A Wiltshire Moonraker with all it’s mirth
The County Ground was where we went
To meet Uncle Sid for the soccer event

I was young and in those Swindon years
I knew nothing of The Lawn that will give me cheers
Then one day my Son requested
A trip to The Lawn and all it suggested

I was hooked with the Rovers bug
That’s how the Lawn became my comfy rug
So 46 years I’ve watched them climb
To heights that seem so real sublime

Yet as a supporter it matters less
The winner in this local contest
Be it Swindon or Forest Green
I’m both a winner, and loser with a team

Yes I know I’m Bard from the poetry section.


I found that very interesting with its rythamistic prose
Well done
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