Men of the moment (A football poem)


August 27, 1900
Players, although not “pals,”
A generous public,
Proud
Of
You and your
Services
To
Club and country,
Lay their tribute
At your
Feet.
Feet which
During long
And
Honourable careers
You have
Used often
To kick
For
Ha’pence
And
Sometimes for
Love.

II
Penalties you have
Endured
Without
A
Wince, but not
Without a
Wink.
You rather attenuated
Shins
Bear noble
Testimony
To the fact
That you were
Towers
Of
Strength
In many
Hard football
Battles.

III
It is fitting,
Therefore,
That those whom
You have
Benefitted
Should benefit
You,
And that
You should
Have some
£.s.d.
Salve
For the wounds
And
Scars
You bear and
Wear.

IV
Popular on
And
Off
The field,
You played
To please,
And now
Gallant
“Light Blues”
And
“Wearers of
the Green”
Are pleased
To pay.
For you
The best
Of
Friends will
“Part”
Freely,
And hope
When you
Count
The gates
You won’t
Forget
To
Stand.
(Source: Scottish Referee: August 27, 1900)

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