Tuesday, 10 November 2009

IF...by Geordie Kipling

I found this on the Newcastle United Supporters Trust website - it's brilliant!

IF you can keep your name when other clubs
Are losing theirs and blaming it on the latest coup,
If you can trust yourself when Ashley betrays you,
But make allowance for his betrayal too;
If you can wait for him to go and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied to, don't believe his lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating him,
And yet don't like, nor talk of Dennis Wise:

If you can dream of promotion - and not make it your master;
If you can drink brown ale - and not make fighting your aim;
If you can meet with Ashley and Llambias - what a disaster
And treat those two impostors with great shame;
If you can hear the Gallowgate sing - then they have spoken
Their bitter memories of McKeag, Gullit and Cort,
If you can watch the team we give our lives to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up again with undying support:

If we can make one heap of all our winnings
And risk it on last seasons’ utter dross,
Relegation a chance to start again at our beginnings
And never breathe a word about our loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after Ashley has gone,
And so hold on lads ‘n’ lasses when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can play Scunthorpe or Swansea and keep your virtue,
Or play with Man U or Chelsea and not lose the common touch,
If neither mackems nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the pitch with determination and grit
With ninety minutes' worth of distance run,
Yours is (and always will be) St James’ Park and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Geordie, my son!

By Geordie Kipling - exceedingly good kebabs


Daz said...

This must be for 40,000 who still go and not the 15,000 who've disappeared off the average gate - glory hunting is relative!

Rivs said...

Poor attempt at a wind up Darrell. Just for the record we went down with the highest average attendance ever for a relegated team (including Man Utd who had won the European cup a few years before - glory hunters eh...) and, despite thousands of fans boycotting the club in protest at the fat rapist's continued asset stripping, we are continually getting higher attendances than the majority of premiership clubs including those playing in the champions league.

So fuck off!

Joff said...

Thought it was going to end with 'you'll be a newcastle fan, my son' or at least fan. But then what do I know, I only came third out of five in last years fantasy league.

Rivs said...

You mean didn't come top out of a league of twenty one (thats 21!!) ...oh hold on - that was me wasn't it.