Date:Sunday January 6 2008
Before Christmas Match of the Day 2 came calling, and this brought some extra publicity for Vital Pompey, but more importantly enabled some of our members to get on the box for their feature on Pompey - and as we know the fellas all did very well.
I have now been contacted by a fella called Chris Parker who is writing a book, due for release in time for Christmas 2008 about 'football's funniest songs and chats'.
I was asked by Chris if I could help him with anything, so I told him that rather than helping him myself I would open up the floor to us all and see what we could come up with - as I have no doubt we will have plenty to say, and plenty of it will be more than adequate to help him out.
This is what Chris said in his email...
I hope you don't mind me contacting you out of the blue; I'm e-mailing to ask for your help with a book I'm writing on football's funniest songs and chants.
The book will be published by New Holland Publishers in time for Christmas 2008 and will be a collection of the wittiest songs and chants sung by fans from the English and Scottish leagues. As part of the research for the book I'm contacting unofficial fan clubs as I know they'll be the best source of their team's chants and I'm keen for as many teams as possible to be represented in the book.
The Fratton Park faithful are well known for their singing and so I'd really appreciate it if you could take time to e-mail me with the funniest songs and chants you and your fellow Pompey supporters sing.
I've included a couple of examples below to give you an idea of the book's contents. As you can see, I'm not really after your basic "We're by far the greatest team" type chants but the ones that really make you chuckle. And as well as regular songs and chants sung at every game I'm also keen to include those spontaneous ones that just come up during a game - for example in response to the opposition, a refereeing decision, a player or something in the news at the time.
If you are able to help then any background info to the songs and the tune that the song is sung to would also be great And if you've heard other fans singing tunes that you've admired then please do let me know. All contributors to the book will of course be acknowledged in the book and any contribution would be greatly welcomed!
I hope that's all clear but any questions, please do let me know.
Thanks and best wishes,
A few examples from the book:
No song about Gary Neville would be complete without reference to his imaginatively named father... (to the tune of Rebel Rebel)
Neville Neville, you play in defence,
Neville Neville, your play is immense,
Neville Neville, like Jacko you're bad,
Neville Neville is the name of your dad.
West Bromwich Albion fans nobly resist the obvious... (to the tune of When The Saints Go Marching In)
Oh Andy Hunt, is good up front,
Oh Andy Hunt is good up front,
He's got a name that rhymes with fanny,
Oh Andy Hunt is good up front!
Chelsea adapt a classic terrace chant especially for the visiting fans from the Turkish club Galatasaray... (to the tune of Go West)
You're Shish, and you know you are,
You're Shish, and you know you are.
Up until Wednesday or Thursday this article will be held at the top of the tree, then I will report back to him with the findings, so if you have anything that you think fits the bill place it below and/or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org - just click the link. Just think you could be part of a book that could become a huge favourite in the years to come?
Due to the filter on this website some words might be unacceptable, so after you have posted if you notice a lot has been filtered out just drop me a quick email - see above - with your song in it so it clarifies what it says.
Well fellas, fire away this should be fun...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Sunday January 6 2008
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