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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hundreds of riders are set to take part in Selkirk's Common Riding today.
They'll set out across the town's historic boundaries in memory of the single soldier from Selkirk who returned alive from the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
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Selkirk in the Scottish Borders hosted elite mountain bikers from all over the country this weekend, as they competed in the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships. Fiona Marley Paterson was there.
Selkirk in the Scottish Borders hosted elite mountain bikers from all over the country this weekend, as they competed in the British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships.
Around 500 bikers joined them on either the full 75km route or shorter 50 or 25 km trails.
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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."
An alleged hand gun used during the robbery of an 80-year-old woman in her own home was a toy, say Police Scotland. They have recovered the item.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery, which took place in the Yarrow Valley near Selkirk on Wednesday 18th March.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Following extensive enquiries by local officers, supported by colleagues from other areas of Police Scotland, an individual has now been apprehended.
“This was a deplorable act which left an elderly woman in great distress and I would like to thank the public, and particularly the local community, for their incredible support.”
A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.
Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.
Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".