The weft and the warp once combined
Takes us back to pre football times
The black and white we love today
Was once united in just this way.
The passionate waving at Leazes Park
Comes from technology out of the ark
Grey and cream they waved back then
When shooing sheep back into the pen.
The Falkirk plaid was the first we found
In a wee brown pot found underground
Two colour weave of brown and cream
‘Border drab’ had arrived on the scene.
It travelled down over the centuries
It’s colour scheme was bound to please
Untreated wool of cream and grey
Robbie Burns ensured it was here to stay.
It was a canny colour out on the moor
Stood out too on the dancing floor
John Hogg and bonny Walter Scott
Were next inveigled into this plot.
In Roman times they wore this plaid
The only two colours that they had
Today we have choice in colour hue
But still prefer this monochrome view.
Northumbrians today prefer it still
It shows them all of history’s will
Now black and white and colour fast
It keeps them anchored in their past.