Footy’s ‘Deck of Cards’ in 2020

Written by T. Texas Tyler in 1948 and recorded by Tex Ritter, this is the story of a returned soldier from WW2 who went to church with a deck of cards because he didn’t have a bible and when questioned by his Sergeant started his story.




You see sir when I look at the Ace it reminds me that there is but one God: Marngrook


The deuce reminds me that the game is played in two halves


And when I think of the three I think of League Teams with Bob, Jack and Lou


When I see the four I think of the four evangelists”Killa”,Sheeds,Barass and Parko


And when I see the five it reminds me of the 5th quarter presser with Stevo and Mick


And when I see the six it reminds me of the three 6’s painted on the ground at Princes Park with the demise of Fitzroy


And when I see the seven I think of the true seven inter-state clubs:nay the forbidden fruit of the Gold Coast Suns


When I see the eight I think of the eight righteous teams of the final eight


And when I see the nine I think of the nine games in a round


When I see the ten I think of the 10 ounces in a pot that I need to assuage my anger with the 10 commissioners of the AFL


When I see the King I think of the Wayne Carey


And when I see the Queen I think of “Caro”


And the Jacks, it’s Chrisso and the Match Review Panel


And when I count the number of spots on a deck of cards I find 365: the number of days of WADA testing


Fifty-two cards,the number of weeks between the red carpet on Brownlow night


Four suits,the four quarters of a match


Twelve picture cards,the twelve clubs of the VFL


Thirteen tricks,the number of inter-state players in a VFL State-of -Origin side


So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serve me as a Bible, almanac and prayer book with no matches and in ISO.




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  1. Not bad at all, David. Most enjoyable. Thanks.

  2. David Cooney says

    Top story David. Love the way you cleverly transferred the concepts from the Bible story into an AFL context. Well I suppose we are dealing with two religions anyway, so a perfect fit.

  3. Ironic that the first comment is from Smokie. ‘The Deck of Cards’ was possibly the signature tune of the late, great Ron ‘Smokey’ Clegg. The famed South Melbourne Captain, later Coach, Centre Half Forward/Back, the 1949 Brownlow Medal winner. Smokey had an ‘interesting’ footy career and life. He played the guitar and sang, toured the world for some dubious engagements promoted by his Mate the inevitable Jeffrey ‘Patto’ Patterson. That’s another story. Well composed David, ‘Cleggie’ would be proud.

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