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Selkirk FC provides poetry in motion

Thomas Clark pens a poem Credit: ITV Border

The new poet in residence at Selkirk Football Club has already penned two poems about being a fan of the Lowland Football League club.

Thomas Clark says there is much more 'romanticism and poetry' in the smaller clubs, and they are a great inspiration for his writing.

Here are two of his poems:

Take Shelter

It’s Scottish Cup day in Selkirk

An aw things are richt;

The redness on the leaves like yon,

The shinin on the watter like yon.

Och, it is a perfect day,

A joke for the guyin o the cynic an the pessimist

Wha woke up sure it would be comin doon;

An no a clood in the sky, nor a drap on the breeze,

Hints at the troubles aheid.

– Thomas Clark

The Timin o the Run

Leavin the pub at hauf past two is plenty,

Take in the fine delights

O the river’s stroll tae Philiphaugh. How quiet it is. How the leaf-lined streets

Barely betray a passer-by.

Even when the rugby boys are at hame,

An their grund is dotted wi blue an red,

Whit guilty pleasure! Walkin on by their gate,

Like passin a rival kirk en route tae mass.

An so we dawdle, in oor watch-checkin way,

Pickin up pace as three comes near,

Turnin the corner at the cricket club

An steppin intae Yarrow Park;

An as the ref blaws his whistle

An the captain claps his hauns,

It’s as if the Souters

Have been stood there aw day,

Waitin for you tae show up.

– Thomas Clark

Selkirk Football Club appoints poet

Thomas Clark pens a poem with inspiration from young players Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk Football Club has become the first in Scotland to combine the beautiful game and the written word with its very own poet in residence.

Award-winning poet Thomas Clark, who lives in Hawick, has become the club's latest signing.

He will write poetry for the club's programme and website, and he hopes his words will inspire the team to do well in the Scottish Cup.

He said:

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What I am looking to do is reflect the Borders pride and tradition in my poetry, and specifically the pride and tradition of Selkirk FC. The good times and bad times, because that's a big part of football. Anyone can support Real Madrid when they are winning Champions League after Champions League but for me the real poetry and romance in poetry is here, not at the big clubs.

– Thomas Clark, Selkirk FC poet in residence
Selkirk FC's poet in residence Thomas Clark Credit: ITV Border

Selkirk FC chairman Ross Anderson says he hopes the new signing will encourage more people to watch football.

Football is a diverse sport with a diverse audience and we thought this was a great idea. We hope it will encourage more people from all walks of life to watch football because there is more than just the sport on the pitch. There is loads of opportunities on and off it.

– Ross Anderson, Selkirk FC Chairman

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Potential jobs boost for Selkirk

A timber company could take over the former Co-op home furnishing store Credit: PA

A Borders-based timber company's expansion plans could create more than 50 new jobs in Selkirk.

Oregon Timber - who are based at Dunsdale Haugh - want to take over the nearby former Co-op home furnishing store which closed last summer.

Oregon, who supply timber frames for house-builders such as Cala, Miller and Dawn, already have a 100-strong workforce in Selkirk.

The firm has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning permission to change its use from retail to a timber manufacturing facility.

Documents lodged with the application state the new factory will have a proposed employment of 53 staff.

"The sole aim of making this application is to pursue the company's desire to acquire additional space suitable for the proposed expansion of its current timber frame manufacturing facility in Selkirk."

– Spokesperson, Oregon Timber
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