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 /



City /



Barca /

Real Madrid.



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.




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

of the football stadium,



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.






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.’