Football match

 

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