A Calling

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The lads have escaped league 1 at last! 😁 A little poem I did pre game.


Can you hear them?


The shipbuilder's hammer

The picks upon the seams

Drifting up from glories past

Still harbouring foretold dreams 


The whispering of legends

Still bleeding red n white 

The time is here, the time is now

Time to put things right!


The Roker Roar still lingers

Carried upon the crowd

Battered & bruised, but always

Steadfast, loud & proud!


Wembley holds no fear

Just ask Papa John!

We'll turn it into our home

And roar our heroes on!


This team has shown us metal

    We won't lie down & die!

They'll fight until the grains of time 

Have ran the hourglass dry


O Niens driving force

Gooch's heart & soul

Ross's movement off the ball

Will, surely, bring us goals!


Pritchard's golden passes

Robert's silky skill

The mazy runs of Clark

Breaking Wycombe's will


Pattinson's fingertip saves

Evans midfield grit

Bailey Wright, a man reborn

This aussie takes no shit!


Cirkin, Batth & Doyle

Solid as they come

Alex Neil moulding them

To the beat of his own drum


Matete,Embleton & Neil

All, the real deal

Broadhead's tenacious skill

Scoring goals at will!


So, come on!

Can you hear them?


Ashurst, Clough & Hurley

Shackleton, Monty, & Kerr

O Captain! Of My Captains:

Raich Carter is forever there.


Phillips & Quinn

Henderson & Ball

Are all part of this rallying call


So, do not go gently 

into the night

You are the team to put things right!


Whatever happens lads

Be proud you gave your all

If you get us back where we belong

In our history you'll all stand TALL!



The boys have done it!

Never had a doubt!

Grit & determination

Is what this teams about


They've raised us from the doldrums 

Forever etched in red n white

And in our hearts they'll stay

The team that, finally, put things right! ❤🤍



◄ Winter Song (10 line challenge)

Senseless ►


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John Coopey

Thu 26th May 2022 08:03

I had the pleasure of attending a few Sunderland games a few years back (around 12) I guess as the guest of a supporter from our village. I saw Robbie Keane grab a late draw for Spurs while Luka Modric was playing for us. I sat on a table with Jim Montgomery who was a Sunderland Ambassador who reminded us he had won a European Cup medal in 1980 with Nottingham Forest, Memories.

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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 25th May 2022 19:46

Thank you, John, lol. I just missed out on Carter 😆 I've seen him on tinternet though. My first memories are the likes of Eric Gates, Gary Rowell etc. Hopefully happy times lie ahead...

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John Botterill

Wed 25th May 2022 09:36

Absolutely superb, Stephen. You put us other footie fans to shame! You don't look old enough to remember Carter, though.
Really glad you boys got promoted! 😀

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 24th May 2022 10:54

Exactly John! And, yes, had the pleasure of meeting Hurley at the stadium of light. A true gent. Hard as nails in his day though, by all accounts!

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John Coopey

Tue 24th May 2022 07:50

Well done, Stephen. This is what poetry is for - to celebrate heroes,
As a Tottenham fan, I have the deepest respect for any other fan who knows as I do what their team will win at the start of each season ie nothing,
And Charlie Hurley! The consummate centre half,

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Stephen Atkinson

Mon 23rd May 2022 21:24

And we've been living off it ever since, Stephen lol. But, better days ahead... 🤞

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 23rd May 2022 16:51

Classic stuff, Stephen. I still remember watching the Wembley win in 1973.

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Stephen Atkinson

Mon 23rd May 2022 08:23

Thanks Greg. Yes, it's a pretty even split up that neck of the woods. Although probably leaning more towards the black n whites 👎😁. And I think he's from Ashington, Oliver. Happy Days 😊

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Greg Freeman

Mon 23rd May 2022 00:17

Congratulations, Stephen. My son, who lives in Morpeth, and is a Chelsea fan, watched the semi-final at the Stadium of Light with some mates, and the final in a pub in Morpeth. He said the pub was half Newcastle and half Sunderland. The Premier Lge ref Michael Oliver was in the pub, too!

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