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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleFootball match
Roud No.1291
Collected FromPillinger, John
LocationLechlade
CountyGloucestershire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 104
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 4th December, 1915, p 2, Part 10, No. 2: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923 p 223
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

It's of a football match, most delightful to be seen;
It's of six young rippling lads who played on Salisbury Plain;
Six hats and six ribbons were given to them on the Plain -
Here's a health unto those rippling lads, and so the game went on.

Chorus

You rippling lads, huzza! You'll sure to win the day,
And the prize you will carry it away.

Verse 2

The ball has been thrown up and the game it did begin;
Good Lord, how they did kick it! more like devils than like men;
They having such a notion in kicking it along -
Here's a health unto those rippling lads, and so the game went on.

Chorus

Verse 3

The ball it being thrown up and the game it did draw nigh,
Young Williams stuck a penknife into young Jackson's thigh;
He aimed at the ball, it was his full intent,
Young Williams missed his aim and right through the goal he went.

Chorus
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Lovers of football - and they are numerous! -
should be interested in this very old and quaint song descriptive of a football match once played on Salisbury Plain. It would appear that but six players took part in the game, and they were dressed with ribbons and caps or hats, after the fashion of the Morris dancers. I do not know whether or not they had the referee, or whether such practices as that of stabbing the ball with a knife were considered lawful and fair. I obtained the piece of John Pillinger, who learned it of his father at Lechlade, over seventy years ago.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'Lovers of football - and they are numerous! -
should be interested in this very old and quaint song descriptive of a football match once played on Salisbury Plain. It would appear that but six players took part in the game, and they were dressed with ribbons and caps or hats, after the fashion of the Morris dancers. I do not know whether or not they had the referee, or whether such practices as that of stabbing the ball with a knife were considered lawful and fair. I obtained the piece of John Pillinger, who learned it of his father at Lechlade, over eighty years ago.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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