The Man in the Stand

November 19, 2012 by
Filed under: NSW Demons 

Summer Reading
This year’s summer reading starts with ‘The Man in the Stand’ by Geoff Cordner.  Reflect on the words which so eloquently express our passion!  Does it strikes a chord with you? Enjoy!

The Man in the Stand

There’s a man in the stand, and he’s looking at you
And he’s wanting to know if you’re feeling it too
The pride in the guernsey, which means so much more
When you wear it for all those who’ve worn it before
The duty that comes with the honour bestowed
To respect the ideals of the MFC code
With the passion and courage of teams of the past
Play each quarter, each minute as if it’s your last

There’s a man in the stand, and it shows in his face
He’d give anything just to be there in your place
To lace up your boots, and to feel what you feel
When you pull on the armour of red and blue steel
To be able to tell the young boy on his knee
Of the day that the fans roared for him at the ‘G
So one thing you must say as you walk from the shed
Is you won’t let this privilege go to your head
You won’t take for granted what you’ve been allowed
The chance to play footy in front of this crowd

There’s a man in the stand, but he’s not on his own
There are thousands beside, and behind, and at home
Those who wear the Club colours, and whose welfare depends
On whether their team is in front at the end
Though between them they haven’t a stat to their names
They are the very heart and the soul of this game
And the question these people are asking of you
Is if you get cut today, will you bleed red and blue?

It’s a Grand Old Flag, but in this brave new world
If you want to see a 13th flag being unfurled
Then don’t waste your time on the papers or news
Because games aren’t determined by media views
Nor do crowds or the umpires decide who prevails
It’s young men with big hearts just refusing to fail
Heads over the ball, their bodies on the line
Who, when knocked down get up again time after time
And who know that there’s always some more they can find
Even when the board says that they’re five goals behind

Winners don’t play three quarters, or give into fear
And you don’t play for glory or women or beer
No, you play for each other, standing shoulder to shoulder
If the other team’s brave then you have to be bolder
And the thing you’ll reflect on one day when you’re older
Is the man you became as a red and blue soldier

There’s a man in the stand, and like those that surround him
He smiles as he turns to the faces around him
He smiles in the knowledge this team shares his pride
And that this is a group who will not be denied
And he yells himself hoarse as he cheers for that team
He believes that these men can deliver that dream
And he knows that the prize they have sought all these years
Will be well worth the blood and the sweat and the tears


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