'My Town': a poem for the play-off final
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25 May 2006
For everybody black and white going to
Cardiff, we'll be such a sight. We'll be
there for a Town that's yours, mine and
ours. This is my Town.
What does it mean, this play-off dream,
for yours, mine and our team?
It's Littlefella on a black and white shoulder;
it's a whole day away from Big Brother; it's
twice beating your neighbour and it's the fruit
of yours, mine and our love's labour.
It's your own choice of years of hurt; it's
remembering three fish on a shirt. Thank you
Baddiel and Skinner; will you be there when
we score the winner?
I'm not gonna jinx it, confident that Shim'll fix
it, for you and me and us.
Here's the countdown, Division Three, Two,
League One. The streets are empty, everyone's
We'll be singin' when we're fishin' we'll be
singin while we're wishin' on a Millennium star,
my Town to go so far.
The summer's not yet here, still plenty of things
to fear. But remember Derby dares and doing
Spurs; remember Shearer's lip and how we
made him flip; remember '98! Six minutes we
had to wait, that whistle so, so late.
Interminable, horrible, but we'll do it again, let's
do it again. Forget the summer, don't worry
about Sven. This is our time now, our time to
show how! Black and white will more than shine,
we'll be a beacon for everything that's fine!
My Grimsby; my Town and when the mighty
Mariners play, Cardiff will be my town for the day.
Look out for Al's reading of 'My Town' on John Barnes' Football Night, broadcast on Channel 5 at midnight on Friday 26 June. To comment on this moving piece of verse hit the Cardiff Shoutbox, and for more of Al's GTFC-themed poems click here.