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Forest in the F.A. cup

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Wonder if a similar song about Forest will ever be sung again.

(from `Margo' on the Mundella web page)

Can anyone remember joining together to write this poem, when Forest won the FA Cup? I was in 2M, and I can remember 2T and a few older supporters joining in.

Happy Days. I can remember RR Stephens keeping me outside his office every lunchtime for a week, threatening me with the cane, because I went to the City Ground in the lunch hour to buy a ticket for the match against Tooting and Mitcham I think it was.

The singing had finished, the match had begun;

away went the clouds and out came the sun

on the Wembley turf so fresh and green

and on our Forest, that wonderful team.

Right from the start after winning the toss

our lads showed Luton who was the boss.

Then in the ninth minute to Forest’s delight

Imlach centred for a goal by Dwight.

In the fourteenth minute it was well understood

why all the fans sang Robin Hood:

a header from Wilson went into the net

to prove to the critics ‘twas the best final yet.

Forest two, Luton nil:

two players collided as players will.

A stretcher came on to take off poor Dwight,

and that left ten men in red and white.

After half-time now, Forest two up

with only one thought, to win that Cup.

They really played well those ten gallant men,

then Luton altered the score again.

On to injury time now the game nearly done,

still Forest two Luton one.

There goes the whistle, the final blast,

Forest have won the Cup at last.

Up to receive the Cup from the Queen

went the proudest team you ever have seen.

There wasn’t a finer moment than this

when on top of the Cup Burkitt planted a kiss.

Burkitt proudly introduced his team,

Whitefoot, McKinlay, were there to be seen.

Imlach, Dwight, Wilson, Quigley, and Grey

were our forward line on that great day.

Thompson the goalie who guarded the net,

McDonald and Whare, the best defence yet.

Tom Graham our trainer, the swiftest seen,

and Walker, the boss of our wonderful team.

To Nottingham on Monday the team returned,

the FA Cup well and truly earned.

They toured the City on top of a bus

‘midst the cheers of our fans, many thousands of us.

At the Council House in the Market Square

on a balcony the team assembled, where

even Roy in an old wheelchair

was there to hear the crowd cheer.

(Now this is where my memory at last fails, so I have guessed at the bits I have forgotten for the last verse)

Players come and players go

but we keep our faith forever.

We’ll never forget that eventful time

on May 2nd 1959.

It says alot for our English Lit that we used words such as "midst" and "twas".

Come on, lets hear from you. Who else can remember?

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