Derby Day – Forget the Rivalry – Focus on our History

MUTV approached me and asked me to write something for the derby – they didn’t say it directly but they implied that they wanted me to put the boot in on city, you know take the mick. Who do these guys think i am? I am a poet a man of dignity and an interpreter of truth and justice. A man who loves this city equally with passion and balance. Loads of my friends are blues, my father in law is a blue. I grew up a stones throw from Maine Road. I used to mind cars in Clinton and Aston Avenue, sell the “Pink” in the Sherwood on Claremont road and the City Club while Bernard told shite Jokes and later drink in the Parkside rubbing shoulders with the “City Cool cats” – No, I couldn’t do it. So, what i decided to do, being an educationalist and working with ten thousand kids a year, i decided to look at the history of battles in the City and how this city developed its identity throughout the ages. I wanted young people especially to understand that the history and growth of this city is massively influenced by Immigrants. I am an immigrant and i bet you are. But ultimately, i wanted it to be balanced and not stoke the fires of rivalry.
Tell me what you think


Battling tribes since ancient times have warred to rule this kingdom

Brigands raced with spears and clubs from forts of turf and timber

To halt advancing Roman Legions and Agricola skilled centurions

And Romans ruled for 400 years and called this place Mancunium


Saxons came and carved their place in the annals history

Fighting Vikings sailed on long boats down the swollen Mersey

This city became the jewel in this nations rich glistening crown

And one by one pretenders pretended to bring the old leaders down


On it seams through for centuries

The battles, riots, slaughter

Normans, Germans, Celts & Vandals

Bombs from across the water


But the bloodiest battle of them all

Ran from Tameside to Trafford via Platt fields Hall

Where Danes and Vikings fought hand to hand

In an epic attempt to govern this proud land

And rumour has it so much blood was shed

That the land, the trees and the rivers were red


Red like sunsets

Red like blood

Red like Fire

Red like love


3 thoughts on “Derby Day – Forget the Rivalry – Focus on our History

  1. I’m a Utd fan from belfast and I also like to write,
    I love this poem you have a class way of thinking outside the box for your poems,
    I’m gonna read the whole book as soon as “god is a manc”!
    If I emailed you some poems, would there be any chance of some feedback,
    It would be amazing to hear it from someone who has released his own book as opposed to friends and family,
    Cheers, KELL

  2. A friend of mine posted your poem on my Facebook page, I
    had already seen you speaking on MUTV and instantly new it was
    yours, I’ve also checked out some of jcc works, I’ve just
    downloaded this WordPress so I’m still learning the ropes, and how
    to work it so sorry if things are out of shape

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