It looked so easy on the face of it.
Pick eight home wins, four draws
or four aways (but these would pay out less).
He always went for eight score draws
chosen from the four divisions,
the Treble Chance: a maximum
of twenty four points to be scored.
Week in week out he made his exes
on the coupon, paid his cash –
why wouldn’t he when Cyril Grimes
from Hampshire won half a million
only weeks before?
Good money after bad, that’s what
we thought, but every Saturday the
teleprinter hypnotised us as we watched
in hope until the classified results
announced our disappointment
with a falling cadence.