To celebrate the MCG's 150th birthday, Norman Butler has penned a beautiful poem highlighting the past and present heroes of The People's Ground.
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"The 'G: 1853 - 2003"
Author: Norman C. Butler
Of all the great land marks in Melbourne,
The “G’s” the most famous of all.
Throughout all the years, it’s echoed the cheers,
Of the fans who’ve succumbed to it’s call.
It’s steeped in tradition, of teams on a mission,
And players in glorious flight.
With catches in slips, and marks overhead,
To the roar of the crowds pure delight.
The word’s got around, the Waughs are on fire,
And the ground’s filling up in a hurry.
So come on now lads, let’s pile on some runs,
And we’ll give these Pakies some curry.
The big crowd’s performing the Mexican wave,
And chanting that members are wankers.
They know fully well if we take this one out,
It’ll only leave the Sri Lankans.
On a cold wintry night here in Melbourne,
The fans are all off to the game.
Traditional rivals, the Blues and the Pies,
About to go at it again.
The turnstiles are clicking, allowing admission,
To thousands of one-eyed fanatics
Most wearing the garb, of beanies and scarfs,
In colors that show how they barrack.
Carn the Maggies, carn the Blues,
Scream the fans as the boys give their all.
Bloody hell umpi, give us a break,
The bastard’s holdin’ the ball.
Now it’s the pies going on the attack,
As Buckley screams out of the center.
He kicks to full forward and Rocca flies high,
And pulls down a mark to remember.
Miss miss, cockies piss yells a voice from the crowd,
As Rocca lines up for a score.
But his aim is true blue, and he puts it right through,
As the Maggies fans give out a roar.
There’s Eddie McGuire, trying hard to inspire his boys,
As he yells go for broke.
John Elliot’s just walking off in disgust,
Guess he has to go out for a smoke.
It’s been the big dream of many young folk,
To play a star role at the “G”.
Hit some big sixes, knock up a ton,
Or go on a goal kicking spree.
For the few who achieve this wonderful goal,
I say on behalf of us all.
Let’s hope this great oval, continues to be,
A place where our heroes, stand tall.