What’s the best thing to do when you’re in the audience at a football match? Why, it’s singing along to a catchy tune, of course.
We’ve gathered some of the best below – read on and pick your favourite.
Just Can’t Get Enough
Typically sung for Luis Suarez, this chant originated with Celtic FC but has since been adopted by other clubs including Burnley, Liverpool, and Brighton & Hove Albion. Based on the well-known Depeche Mode classic from 1981, the thumping beat and boisterous tone of the song makes for an excellent chant. Have a listen in the video below.
Awesome “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at Celtic Park : http://youtu.be/_hBLNAw2lr0 – Celtic first goal in the Old Firm, scored by Gary Hooper, on the same day (3-0) : http://youtu.be/7CrAZ7nftJs – “Let’s all do the huddle & We shall not be moved”, on the same day (3-0) : http://youtu.be/J6IXzxnMPSI – The Celtic Symphony at Ibrox : http://youtu.be/KGW3bI92EAI – The 2 – 1 Kaddouri’s lead goal at Ibrox, and the crazy celebration : http://youtu.be/U4JvgjyeJ3U – Celtic 1 – 1 goal in Rennes (Europa League) : http://youtu.be/qnDgFD_uQig
A Salty Chant
Chelsea fans came up with a novel way of insulting Turkish club Galatasaray in 2014 (and one that doesn’t need censoring, either). Emboldened by the sight of their side scoring more goals than the opposition, Blues fans started to chant “You’re shish, and you know you are”. Inventive? Yes. Culturally sensitive? Maybe not so much.
Manchester United’s classic chant, which not only praises their team but also slams their long-time rivals Manchester City. Here are the lyrics if you need reminding:
United are the team for me
With a knick-knack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone
Why don’t City f*** off home?”
Not to be outdone, City fans later co-opted the chant, coming up with new (and arguably funnier) lyrics:
That spells f*****g debt to me,
With a knick-knack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone,
Ocean Finance on the phone!”
Rocking All Week
Following the signing of Senegalese striker Habib Beye by Sam Allardyce, Newcastle United fans, impressed by his strong performance, worked his name into the theme tune of the classic American sitcom “Happy Days”. So beloved was Beye by players that they even set up a fan site with the name of “Beyewatch”. Sadly, Beye only stayed with Newcastle for 2 years, but there’s no denying that it was fun while it lasted.
A Spiritual Chant
The old-style Christian hymn Kumbaya was worked into an adoring chant honouring midfielder Paul Scholes, who played for Manchester United his entire career. Out of respect for his excellent technique, United fans would sing “he scores goals, my lord, he scores goals”. As with many of the other chants, “he scores goals” has since been used for other players, but listen to the original below.
———— He scores goals my lord, he scores goals, He scores goals my lord, he scores goals, He scores goals my lord, he scores goals, Paul Scholes, he scores goals.
Suck It Up
Huddersfield Town fans came up with this amusing chant after striker Lee Novak was signed in 2009, making a pun about a vacuum cleaner out of his name (“no vac”, get it? Yeah, we think so too). At least the lyrics are simple and to the point:
“We’ve got Novak,
We’ve got Nova-a-ak,
Our carpets are filthy,
We’ve got Novak.”
A Taxing Tune
Following Harry Redknapp’s investigation for corruption and tax fraud, some quite irate fans came up with the rather pointed chant “stand up if you pay your tax”. Of course, Redknapp was later found not guilty, but that doesn’t mean that the chant is any less fun to repeat. And it can always be dug out and dusted off again if it turns out that anyone else has skipped paying their tax.
My Old Man
Cover your ears if you’re of a sensitive disposition. This chant – heard at football pitches around the country – involves a young man reacting rather poorly to his father’s suggestion that he should support a certain team. It’s disputed where this chant actually started: some people say it was Manchester United fans singing about Manchester City, or Aston Villa about Manchester City – the sole commonality seems to be a dislike of Manchester City, though of course these days you can substitute any club of choice. Give it a listen if you like (NSFW).
Lyrics to the my old man said be a city fan chant
The Icelandic Chant
Iceland stunned spectators around the world in 2016 when they celebrated their victory over England with a thunderous clapping chant. Many took it to be some kind of ancient Viking war cry. But they were wrong. Interestingly, it turns out that this chant isn’t actually a Viking chant at all – Icelandic team Stjarnan actually learned the chant while competing in the Europa League in 2014 against Motherwell! They liked it so much that they brought it home and it spread like wildfire around the 330,000-person country. Give it a watch below.
Courtesy: www.siminn.is Epic Viking war chant: 10,000 fans pay tribute to Iceland team leaving Euro 2016 championship, winning hearts of the world’s soccer lovers. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT!
No One Likes Us
Probably one of the most famous chants of all, this defiant mantra – set the to the tune of Rod Stewart’s (We Are) Sailing – emerged from Millwall Football Club as a rebuttal against accusations of hooliganism and became so iconic that it became hotly debated by journalists and academics, some who felt that football fans were being demonised by the media. Other clubs have gone on to use the chant, but no one does it like Millwall.
No one likes us, no one likes us No one likes us, we don’t care! We are Millwall, super Millwall We are Millwall from The Den!!!