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Remembrance Day

Remembrance day, the many poppies bloom
A Brummy hum, beneath November gloom
Beery breath steams, in sullen Autumn chill
The biannual trial of local heart, craft and will

The Blue and White, ever cursed to slumber
Villa's ancient trophied mighty umbra
Each yearns for Honour's banner for their tribe
Each dreads the curse of loss and killing jibe

No armistice this day, no quarter given
Amity set aside, friendships riven
One will strut the morrow's victory stage
One will taste the bitter gall of taunted rage

The whistle blows, rival colours afield
Contest close, and neither team wants to yield
But Blue and White have cause to groan and fret
An ex-Villan scuffs, into his own net

Three thousand roar their joy and sweet relief
But the Blue and White still show their belief
Time enough, passion still, victory even, yet
Blue bullet-header, breaks the Villa net

A Blue and White throws himself to the ground
Villa fortune holds, football gods smile down
Wise referee Bennett is not so fooled
And the penalty-appeal is overruled

Under siege - to a single point they clung
Out on the left, the sweet right foot of Young
The deftest header from Agbonlahor
No joyous Villan, could have asked for more

Blue-noses out of joint, violence and hate
Mr Plod, for safety, had to lock the gate
But victory was sweet, Villains were proud
Kings of the city, and they will sing it loud
The Journalist

Writer: Steve Wade Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 13 2007

Time: 5:25PM

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The Fear
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13/11/2007 17:26:00

Fantastic! Someone has been busy for 2 days! :)
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13/11/2007 19:15:00

Fantastic, we need this on the home page or something.
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13/11/2007 21:46:00

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13/11/2007 21:57:00

Needs to be posted front page on Vital Blues - lest they should ever forget. I'm talking both about Remembrance Day, and yet another Villa derby-day victory.
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13/11/2007 22:15:00

Absolute literary genius.
Adam Deuce
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13/11/2007 22:28:00

That is absolutely tremendous. Well done sir. Fear - maybe we could get Pam Ayers to come and read this over the tannoy at the next home game? LOL.
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14/11/2007 06:18:00

Amazing Verse.
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14/11/2007 09:21:00

Its all been said - just wanted to add my voice to the praise. Has this been sent to the club for the main site?
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14/11/2007 17:14:00

tremendous 8-). Wonder if they would put it in the Programme?
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14/11/2007 17:43:00

was a bit of a shame that there wasnt a 1 minutes silence on sunday.
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14/11/2007 17:55:00

They thought the fans wouldn't respect the silence! to me thats utter *********! any Englishman should be proud and respect a minutes silence in honour of men and women who died for this country, and i believe both fans would have! Nice poem
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15/11/2007 11:03:00

Definately the best poem ive ever read!!!! true genius!!!UTV
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16/11/2007 11:46:00

Not much remembrance at the derby. In fact the hostile atmosphere and hatred that was in the air, was against everything Remembrance Day should stand for.
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20/11/2007 22:55:00


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