CUSTOM FIT

 

Football tops come in all sizes

Small, medium, large.

 

Custom orders with names on the back

via express delivery.

 

We got half-and-half ones.

Plenty to choose from online.

 

Celtic /

Rangers

 

City /

United

 

Barca /

Real Madrid.

 

Click.

Half-and-half tops

 

cos they were too young to tell us

which team they were going to support

 

for the rest of their lives.

Hers or mine.

 

I visit their graves in the off-season,

even when the World Cup is on.

 

No matter how I’m getting on

with their mum.

 

They are mine.

They were mine.

 

I am happy

cos even though we never got a chance

 

to kick a ball together,

chant on the terraces together,

 

complain about the ref together,

have light-hearted banter with the opposition together,

 

I remember the great moments we had,

the joy they brought and continue to bring.

 

I remember what I had,

not what I lost.

 

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When me and the lads are in the ‘home-end’

of the football stadium,

 

pointing

and shouting,

 

punching the air cos we’ve scored a goal,

I lose my voice.

 

Football is a game of two halves.

There are tough teams in this division.

 

They always equalise,

get a goal back.

 

5

10

 

15

20,000 or more

 

chanting the question:

‘Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?’

 

‘Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?’

‘Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?’

 

It takes me a little longer to get to my seat

cos my answer is drowned out.

 

My answer is, and will always be

‘Their dad.’