Great Expectations – a grassroots football poem

Thanks to Dave Ash of Trysull Tigers, who sent us this poem about grassroots football, inspired by watching his son playing for the under-9s and observing some of the parents who watch the games.

It’s football day and Dad wakes me up,
“Come on,” he says, “lets win this cup!”
I open my eyes and Dad’s standing there beaming,
These are the days of which he’s been dreaming!

I get my kit on and get in the car,
My Dad keeps calling me his little star.
With one eye on the road and one in the mirror,
He’s giving me advice on being a winner.

We get to the pitch and Dad’s spotted a scout,
Goes over to Jim and singles me out.
The game is then started by the referee,
And as usual Dad’s barking orders at me.

“Get forward, get back, get tight, get wide!”
I just want to run away and hide.
We lost the match, it wasn’t our day,
Dad’s shaking his head and walking away.

The coach rubbed my hair and said I played well,
But Dad’s not impressed, you can obviously tell.
My Dad didn’t speak all the way home,
So I went to my room and sat there alone.

I’m sorry I cause him so much frustration,
So I’m stopping at home next week on my PlayStation!
So come on Mom and Dad just let him enjoy,
‘Cause after all, he’s just a boy!

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  1. Another youth coach on July 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    From under 5s to under 18s, twelve years of coaching and I still see this week in week out. Captured and written well – it has to be all about the children and above all FUN!

  2. wayne roberts on July 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    And oh so true
    Think this young man needs help if he has wrote that poem it down to his club to gi e him the support he needs it is obviously what he goes through himself every week.

  3. roy edwards on August 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    spot on very good it must apply to thousands of dads but not me i”me grandad ha”ha”

  4. D Langley on September 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Classic bit of parent bashing, although I don’t doubt this goes on. Coaches do have it in their power to get such parents in order, and importantly set an example themselves.

    In my experience it was the coaches who were chasing cheap plastic trophies and putting pressure on the children, not the parents.

    It’s not the parents who:

    choose the team,

    favour certain players depending on their relationship with the players’ parents,

    refuse to uphold the principle of equal playing time for 7/8 years olds,

    put players in positions they struggle in and then shout at them and or withdraw them when they make a mistake

    single out certain lads for goalkeeper/substitute duty time and time again

    Just an alternative viewpoint.

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