Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

vs Cove Rangers 29/01/22

vs Cove Rangers 29/01/22
By Stephen Watt, DFC Poet in residence

Supporters seated together means that the steward
has their work cut out.
The task of keeping control, directing people to seats,
confiscating alcohol,
removing flags yet retaining the peace.
They listen. Ensure songs do not incite;
that the verbal joust
does not shift from slander to fistfight.

And they get their steps in.
Marching up and down the stand,
inspecting rows, ensuring safety.
Ejecting the bloodthirsty.
Then keep a third, a fourth eye
for potential breaches on to the pitch –
the streakers, the attention seekers,
the unhinged who simply flip a switch.

Then at the end of it all, communicate
in a language everybody understands:
OOT! Beat it! Away tae yer hames!
Bolt! Boost! Scram!