Derby Day – Remember, We are all Immigrants ………well most of us

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, integrity and an interpreter of truth and justice. A man who loves this city equally with passion and balance. Also, 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 & the Claremont on Claremont road and the City Club while Bernard manning and Cannon and Ball told shite Jokes in velvet dickie bows and later drank in the Parkside rubbing shoulders with the “City Cool cats” and the “Maine line Crew” – No, I couldn’t do it, i couldn’t slag city off in my poem. So, what i decided to do, being an educationalist, a historian 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 to understand that the history and growth of this city is massively influenced by Immigrants. I am an immigrant and i bet you are too. But ultimately, i wanted it to be balanced and not stoke the fires of hatred and rivalry.

Tell me what you think

Derby Day

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


5 thoughts on “Derby Day – Remember, We are all Immigrants ………well most of us

  1. Love it. Image of Vikings sailing down the Mersey! Surreal. You’re absolutely right not to cheapen your poetry with petty City v Utd rivalry. This is grand, solid. Utd fans will obviously love the red imagery at the end but link it to their city’s history and pride. And that history belongs to all of us, regardless of which team we support.

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