With apologies to Rudyard Kipling

If you can sit for season after season
Week in, week out, no matter what the score.
If you can always find a valid reason
For optimism, then go back for more.
If you can watch them stave off relegation
And still believe the team is on the up.
If you can take the sheer humiliation
Of getting thrashed by Man U in the Cup.
If you can feel your deep emotions stirring,
If you can feel your stomach twist and knot.
If you can take the penalties occurring
And then stay proud and loyal, no matter what.
If you can sample pies just filled with jelly,
If you can wait forever in a queue.
If you can wave, in case you’re on the telly
All over land and sea (and Leicester, too).
If you can smile through tears when we’re defeated,
If you can slate the ref, but still walk tall.
If you can sing until the game’s completed,
And know that you have given them your all.
If you can travel miles as dawn is breaking,
Whenever SKY dictates the whistle blows.
If you can sit and shiver, cold and shaking,
In order to endure those highs and lows.
If you can take your passion and your glory,
And pass it on (like those before have done)
Then you are truly part of Chelsea’s story.
And what is more, you’ll be a man, my son!

© Carol Ann Wood
Written for her son Chris, on the occasion of his 18th birthday, May 2003

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