“An Ode To Football”: A Cinematic Poem Promotional Film For English Soccer Written By Musa Okwonga (2013)

Entitled ‘This is Football’, Ode to Football was commissioned by The FA and written by poet, author and sportswriter Musa Okwonga. A host of famous faces have shown their support by appearing in a video of the ode.

Produced By:  The Football Association (FA)

Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

Written By:  Musa Okwonga

Joining Musa in the poem are the likes of Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Dizzee Rascal, and Steven Gerrard.

“An Ode to Football”

This is football:

Yes, jumpers for goalposts in your local park

With the lamp-posts as your floodlights,

And no-one watching but the stars:

This is football –

Where the groundstaff cut grass with a barber’s care

Where the terraces forever sing hymns to their favourite players:

This is football –

Hot coffee in the stands on midweek nights

This is players squaring up

But never actually starting fights

This is football

Each battle lasts an hour-and-a-half

It’s that war of rival scarves

You can fight fair, or plunge to grass –

This is football

Imitating that voice that reads Final Score

This is transfer-window shopping,

It’s Deadline Day on Sky Sports

This is football

Last in that half-time queue for the loo then food:

This is Sir Geoff Hurst on Wembley’s turf in destiny’s pursuit

This is football

Humming Match of the Day’s theme tune as it starts:

Keeping your head down from thirty yards, and shivering crossbars:

This is football

This is panic,

Your defenders scrambling back

When they realised the other team sitting deep

Was just a trap

This is football, this is football

Cracked shinpads and all

It’s the innocent protest –

It’s the “I barely touched him, ref!”

This is football

This is not just 4-4-2 or 4-3-3

This is what you do when you go one player down, and then concede

This is football

This is that banter you get at away grounds

Which when you score that last-minute winning goal

Is not so loud

This is football

Cup tie:

You’ve gone to penalties to sever the knot

But your guts are all you’ve got

And sudden death now marks the spot:

This is football

Not prawn sandwiches

You can find it in all languages

It’s your spilled pint in the pub

When your team goes one-nil up:

This is football

This is that fanzine which calls it harsh but fair

This is catching coaches, planes and trains since your club needs you there

This is football

Practised against the wall, and in the hall

It’s those concrete playground moves

That have ruined all your shoes:

This is football

Lugging your team’s laundry home from Sunday league

This is playing online tournaments until sleep intervenes

This is football:

It’s a very big deal,

You can ask Bill Shankly

It’s that click-clack of the turnstile,

It’s that Gazza-needs-a-hanky

This is football

Brought to you by the Football Association

Formed in the Tavern of Freemasons

One-fifty years in the making

This is football:

Of all the sports, this is our nation’s favourite

And we speak to celebrate it

So if you have a drink, please raise it

Website:  http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum

Ode to Football

This is football:
Yes, jumpers for goalposts in your local park,
With the lamp-posts as your floodlights,
And no-one watching but the stars.

This is football:
Where the groundstaff cut grass with a barber’s care,
Where the terraces forever sing hymns to their favourite players.

This is football:
Hot coffee in the stands on midweek nights,
This is players squaring up,
But never actually starting fights.

This is football:
Each battle lasts an hour-and-a-half,
It’s that war of rival scarves,
You can fight fair, or plunge to grass.

This is football:
Imitating that voice that reads Final Score,
This is transfer-window shopping,
It’s Deadline Day on Sky Sports.

This is football:
Last in that half-time queue for the loo then food,
This is Sir Geoff Hurst on Wembley’s turf in destiny’s pursuit.

This is football:
Humming Match of the Day’s theme tune as it starts,
Keeping your head down from thirty yards, and shivering crossbars.

This is football
This is panic,
Your defenders scrambling back,
When they realised the other team sitting deep,
Was just a trap.

This is football, this is football:
Cracked shin pads and all,
It’s the innocent protest,
It’s the “I barely touched him, ref!”

This is football:
This is not just 4-4-2 or 4-3-3,
This is what you do when you go one player down, and then concede.

This is football:
This is that banter you get at away grounds,
Which when you score that last-minute winning goal,
Is not so loud.

This is football:
Cup tie,
You’ve gone to penalties to sever the knot,
But your guts are all you’ve got,
And sudden death now marks the spot.

This is football:
Not prawn sandwiches,
You can find it in all languages,
It’s your spilled pint in the pub,
When your team goes one-nil up.

This is football:
This is that fanzine which calls it harsh but fair,
This is catching coaches, planes and trains since your club needs you there.

This is football:
Practised against the wall, and in the hall,
It’s those concrete playground moves,
That have ruined all your shoes.

This is football:
Lugging your team’s laundry home from Sunday league,
This is playing online tournaments until sleep intervenes.

This is football:
It’s a very big deal,
You can ask Bill Shankly,
It’s that click-clack of the turnstile,
It’s that Gazza-needs-a-hanky.

This is football:
Brought to you by The Football Association,
Formed in the Tavern of Freemasons,
One-fifty years in the making.

This is football:
Of all the sports, this is our nation’s favourite,
And we speak to celebrate it,
So if you have a drink, please raise it.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99
Led by England captain Steven Gerrard, the video also features other notable football names including Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott and Sky Sports’ Jim White. Celebrity football fans Ant and Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Amanda Holden, Nick Grimshaw and John Bishop have also delivered lines of the poem.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/2013/dec/ode-to-football-fa-150-national-museum#uzAZSI7zxSb5iM3S.99

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s