Football chants have been common since football began, their main purpose being to encourage and support players and celebrate victories and triumphs. There are all made in a different way- some are creative adaptations of popular songs, some are mocking the original, some are created spontaneously, some are plagiarized, some are based on hymns, some are spoken, some are sung etc. Here are some of the most popular:
Blue Moon is a song written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. At first it was sung by Crewe Alexandra’s fans but according to some source the more upbeat version of the ballad became an anthem of Manchester City. Lyrics of the song go: …City 'til I die I'm City 'til I die I know I am I'm sure I am I'm City 'til I die We are City We are City Super City from Maine Road We are City Super City We are City from Maine Road...
Glory Glory Man United
Glory Glory Man United is a very catchy song or chant used by several teams, but mostly knows because of Manchester United fans. The inspiration for the song was found in the American Civil War 1861 song The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The chorus goes Glory Glory Hallelujah, and Hallelujah is replaced with the name of a team. Manchester United version goes like this: Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, As the reds go marching on on on! Just like the busby babes in days gone by, We'll keep the red flags flying high, Your gonna see us all from far and wide, Your gonna hear the masses sing with pride. United, Man united, We're the boys in red and we're on our way to Wembley!...
On The Ball, City
On The Ball, City is probably the world’s oldest football song and it is still in use primarily by Norwich City supporters. It was written in 1890s and lyrics go like this: Kick off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage, Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die; On the ball, City, never mind the danger, Steady on, now’s your chance, Hurrah! We’ve scored a goal. City! *Clap* City! *Clap* City! *Clap*
One-nil to the Arsenal
One-nil to the Arsenal is coming from the Pet Shop Boys song Go West which is actually a cover of the 1979 song by Village People. The song was sung on all major Arsenal’s games in European Cup Winners’ Cup. Part of the lyrics are: … You are my Arsenal You are my Arsenal, My only Arsenal, You make me happy, When skies are grey, You'll never know just, How much I love you, So please don't take, My Arsenal...Away Na na na na na (ooh) Na na na na na (ooh ooh) na na na na na... We hate Nottingham Forest We hate Liverpool too We hate West Ham United But Arsenal we love you…
Good old Arsenal
Good old Arsenal is an old song of Arsenal dating from 1971. It was made by the Arsenal player after the British patriotic song Rule, Britannia only to rival Liverpool’s hit You will never walk alone. The song was in the charts for seven weeks. The lyrics go Good old Arsenal, We're proud to say that name, And while we sing this song, We'll win the game.
You will never walk alone
You will never walk alone is originally a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945 musical Carousel, and it has a great number of covers, one of them being by Liverpool’s Gerry And The Pacemakers in 1963. There is still a dispute between Liverpool and Celtic over who adopted the song first. The words of the song are inscribed over the gate of Anfield. Lyrics: … Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed and blown Walk on, walk on With hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone You’ll never walk alone...
The Liquidator is an instrumental tune played by plenty of teams as players run out to the field. Several teams claim that they have been the first to use it, Chelsea being one of them. The song was composed by Harry J. Allstars in 1969.
Blue is the color
Blue is the color is the official song of Chelsea still in use. It was made in 1972 by Chelsea players and is played at every Stamford Bridge game and cup final: Blue is the colour, football is the game We're all together, and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain 'Cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name Here at the Bridge whether rain or fine We can shine all the time Home or away, come and see us play You're welcome any day.