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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to….. Songs about Football August 13, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Strangely it was the latest opus from the wonderful Hooplechauns that got me thinking of doing a TWIMBLT on songs about football.
So Songs about football rather than football songs. So there’ll be no “Fields of Athenry” , “Hold Me Now”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “Build Me Up Buttercup” or even “I’m forever blowing bubbles”.
Various World Cup Squads, Chas n Dave , The Memories, Gazza and Lindisfarne, Hoddle & Waddle wont get an airing either.

Having narrowed the options I was surprised at the volume of material in the genre. After a bit of thought the selection is as follows….
The brilliant “Strachan” by The Hitchers.
The classic “I was a teenage armchair Honved Fan” by Half Man Half Biscuit, one of a plethora of football related tunes by the band.
“Gods Footballer” , Billy Braggs song about the Wolves player Peter Knowles who quit football to follow his faith.
The classic Christy Moore track “Joxer goes to Stuggart” (Complete with reference to Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers)
The Sultans of Ping FC’s opus to Nigel Clough “Give him a ball and a yard of grass”
“The Ballad of Phil Jevons” by Pete Green. More info on both Jevons and the song.
Finally Jinx Lennons “The Men who saved the face of football” complete with an opening of ‘Maxi’ in the FAI offices.
So amongst those that missed out were the plethora of Irish World Cup songs (there are well over 20 of them including the horrific “Thank You Jack” by Paddy Reilly with Ray Tracey and the Shamrock Rovers Squad), “Eat my Goal” by Collapsed Lung, a host of  Frank Sidebottom classics, The Falls “Kicker Conspiracy”, New Orders “World in Motion” and lots more besides…

As an aside, I found very few tunes that mentioned League of Ireland Clubs or players. Apart from Joxer and Jinx Lennons there isn’t much there.(or is there?)


1. dubdoug - August 13, 2011

For a man who hates football, Jinx has made one of the best football songs ever.
Shame the ‘Maxi’ audio segment at the start of the song is so low in the mix.
Steve Heighway’s Toenails!
A brilliant song, great to see it in your list.


2. sonofstan - August 13, 2011

I found very few tunes that mentioned League of Ireland Clubs or players.

Bohemian LikeYou?, Bohemian Rhapsody?……you weren’t trying hard enough 🙂

And who says no good can come of rioting?

Bohs play Everton in a friendly on Monday, 7.45pm, to give the Toffees a match to replace the Spurs game that was supposed to be played today but was cancelled on the advice of the Met.


irishelectionliterature - August 13, 2011

I did give “Hold Me Now” a mention but couldn’t bring myself to mention the thundering opus that is “I’m a Bohs Man” 🙂

That Everton game should get you a much needed few bob.


sonofstan - August 13, 2011

Hope so.


EamonnCork - August 13, 2011

It’s very important that Bohs give a good account of themselves on Everton so for that reason, and that reason alone, I hope they’ll be taking it very easy tonight. It’s a question of getting their priorities right.


sonofstan - August 13, 2011

I think we should be taking it easy tonight anyway, just to ensure that the right SRFC win the league this year – we’re resigned to being kingmakers by now (chuffed not to be a relegation dogfight actually tbh)


sonofstan - August 14, 2011

Sorry Eamonn 🙂


EamonnCork - August 15, 2011

Sick. Though by now I greet these decisions with the resignation of a serf watching the Cossacks coming over the hill to burn his crops. If nothing else the League of Ireland does teach you a great deal about the whimsical unfairness and indifference of the universe. Now where did I put that American Music Club album?


sonofstan - August 15, 2011

Alan Kelly definitely comes from the Oscar Wilde school of referring alright: his motto “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”


3. Chet Carter - August 13, 2011

I reckon every football club should have their own sound system. I look forward to the soundclash between Rovers and Bohs in a King Tubby meets the Rockers Uptown stylee,


4. Dr.Nightdub - August 14, 2011

They already do – they’re called terraces.

I will give it to Rovers, they do make inventive use of the sound system any time Pats play in Tallaght. The last couple of times we’ve been there (and lost), we’ve had the following played at us at either half time or full time
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
Some 60s band – Puff The Magic Dragon
Smokie – Needles & Pins
Style Council – Shout To The Top (when Rovers did just that)
Bjork – Oh So Quiet


Chet Carter - August 14, 2011

Check the Lee Perry album ‘Time Boom X the Devil Dead’ produced by Adrian Sherwood. Adrian a Hammers fan mixed in chants from the terraces to great affect on one track.


WorldbyStorm - August 14, 2011

There’s a US based space rock outfit called Quarkspace who sampled QPR fans chanting on various tracks.


5. Clive Sullish - August 14, 2011

There’s this lament for Celtic goalkeeper, Johnny Thompson.

Its definitely a song about football (or ‘soccer’ as we still persist in calling it down here in Roscommon).


6. Fanning Sessions - February 5, 2013

‘Kevin Mahon’ by Dick Tracy & The Green Disaster


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