The Football Match
C. M. Flett
  • Colin arranged tickets and a trip to watch Middlesbrough play Manchester United at the Riverside.
  • 22 April 2008

  • Colin took me to the match, to see the Boro play,
  • Seated in the topmost tier; -- below a grand array,
  • The lush green pitch resplendent, the staff had made their mark,
  • A fine new ground, The Riverside -- replacing Ayresome Park.
  • I'd seen the Boro play before, against The Ar-se-nal,
  • A brave display, a two-one win and Boro fans walked tall,
  • Today in trepidation they face the champs Man-U,
  • With Rooney, Giggs, Ronaldo and others in their crew.
  • At first the homeside showed them far too much respect,
  • Gave away a sloppy goal, decisive and direct,
  • But slowly warming to their task Boro raised their game,
  • Withstanding Man-U pressure while Ronaldo they did tame.
  • At last it came, the home side's goal, just before half-time,
  • Downing, Young, and Alves, heroes of this rhyme!
  • The Boro fans stood to a man and to a woman too,
  • And cheered their team as off they went -- for a well-earned brew.
  • Off again, the second half, could Boro still prevail?
  • Would bench-bound absent Vidic aid Boro to avail?
  • Precious points are needed -- to escape the dreaded drop,
  • But so of course do Man-U, if they're to stay on top.
  • Cheered on by all and sundry, the homeside took the lead,
  • A break away, a scathing pass, and Alves at top speed
  • Let fly a goal-bound stinger; we saw a bulging net!
  • The Riverside erupted; United's fans beset.
  • With twenty minutes still to go a testing time for all,
  • Would Man-U's fame desert them? Could Boro keep the ball
  • Away from rival predators, and save their one-goal lead?
  • Sluggishly the clock ticked on, could Gareth's men succeed?
  • But Man-U have a habit of never giving up,
  • Latish goals their forté had won them many a cup,
  • Scholes' control, a well timed pass and Rooney to the fore,
  • A choice placed ball beat Schwarzer, levelling the score.
  • A two-all draw, one priceless point, relief for Boro fans,
  • The Riverside can buzz again with hopeful future plans
  • To stay in touch, grind out results, avoiding the abyss,
  • If they turn in performances half as good as this!
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