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Monday 26 January 2015

Hammers top terrace chants league

West Ham's winning chant related to a match ban handed to Rio Ferdinand
West Ham's winning chant related to a match ban handed to Rio Ferdinand
'His name is Rio and he watches from the stand'
Rio Ferdinand had to endure a lot of this during his ban for missing a drugs test
"He's big, he's hard, he's better than Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Steven Gerrard"

" >
"You better watch out, You better beware, He's good on the ground and he's good in the air, Santa Cruz is coming to town."

Manchester United fans towards Michael Jackson look-a-like Nani to the tune of smooth criminal" >
"Nani are you OK? Are you OK Nani"
Manchester United fans towards Michael Jackson look-a-like Nani to the tune of smooth criminal

Various when police come onto the pitch to the tune of "it's just like watching Brazil"" >
"It's just like watching The Bill"

Various when police come onto the pitch to the tune of "it's just like watching Brazil"
Gateshead fans to Buxton supporters after a 2-0 victory" >
"You're just a poor man's Evian, you're just a poor man's Evian"
Gateshead fans to Buxton supporters after a 2-0 victory
Scotland fans when in Italy" >
"Deep fry yer pizzas, were gonna deep fry yer pizzas"
Scotland fans when in Italy
Aston Villa fans towards Sunderland fans" >
"You're just a small team in Scotland, small team in Scotland, you're just a small team in Scotland"
Aston Villa fans towards Sunderland fans
Liverpool fans on Alan Shearer during his brief reign as manager of Newcastle" >
"You should've stayed on the telly"
Liverpool fans on Alan Shearer during his brief reign as manager of Newcastle

Fulham to Arsenal fans" >
"Same old Arsenal, always over-elaborating in the penalty area"

Fulham to Arsenal fans

West Ham to Fulham fans" >
"Does your butler know you're here?"

West Ham to Fulham fans

Arsenal fans (to the tune of 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling') " >
"We've got that Double feeling, Oohh, that Double feeling, We've got that Double feeling, 'Cos it's on, on, on..."

Arsenal fans (to the tune of 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling')

Arsenal fans to the tune of The Jackson Five's Blame It On The Boogie" >
"Don't blame it on Henry, don't blame it on the injuries, don't blame it on the referees, blame it on Eboue!"

Arsenal fans to the tune of The Jackson Five's Blame It On The Boogie

Sung at Everton game, to the tune by KC and the Sunshine Band" >
"That's the way, Saha Saha, we like it, Saha Saha."

Sung at Everton game, to the tune by KC and the Sunshine Band
If he can (pause) score from there, He'll score from (pause) anywhere, It's up to you Dwight Yorke, Dwight Yorke"

Aston Villa fans to Dwight Yorke" >
"Start spreading the news, He's playing today, I want to see him score again, Dwight Yorke, Dwight Yorke
If he can (pause) score from there, He'll score from (pause) anywhere, It's up to you Dwight Yorke, Dwight Yorke"

Aston Villa fans to Dwight Yorke

Reading fans against Derby - to the tune of Madonna's Erotica" >
"Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie, rub your beard all over my body! Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie..."

Reading fans against Derby - to the tune of Madonna's Erotica
He tackles and he passes, Hassles and harasses, He gets up peoples a***s, He's better than zidane, Du du du du, Grant McCann, Grant McCann

Northern Ireland fans v San Marino, to the tune of the Adams family theme. Submitted by Darin Quigley

Aberdeen fans use Joy Division's classic to salute striker Steve Lovell" >
"Love, Lovell tear you apart, again."

Aberdeen fans use Joy Division's classic to salute striker Steve Lovell
'Neville Neville, your play is immense, Neville Neville, you play in defence, Neville Neville, like Jacko you're bad, Neville Neville, the name of your dad'

Sung to the tune of David Bowie's Rebel Rebel

Arsenal fans to Man Utd during their 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford" >
"We'll race you back to London!"

Arsenal fans to Man Utd during their 4-0 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford

Newcastle fans, to the tune of Let It Be" >
"When we find ourselves in times of trouble, Kevin Keegan comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, Geremi!"

Newcastle fans, to the tune of Let It Be

Liverpool fans to Ronaldinho during a game against Barcelona" >
"Cilla wants her teeth back."

Liverpool fans to Ronaldinho during a game against Barcelona

Fulham supporters never miss an opportunity to have a go at their London rivals" >
"Woooah, Al-Fayed... he wants to be a Brit, and QPR are s**t'

Fulham supporters never miss an opportunity to have a go at their London rivals

Spurs fans serendade their loved ones back home during a Valentine's Day UEFA Cup game in Prague" >
"I love Tottenham more than you!"

Spurs fans serendade their loved ones back home during a Valentine's Day UEFA Cup game in Prague

Manchester City fans address their former owner to the tune of Pink Floyd's Another Brick In the Wall." >
"We don't need no Phil Scolari, We don't need Mourinho. Hey! Thaksin! Leave our Sven alone!"

Manchester City fans address their former owner to the tune of Pink Floyd's Another Brick In the Wall.

Arsenal fans, To the tune of Salt and Pepa's Let's Talk About Sex" >
"Let's talk about Cesc baby, lets talk about Flam-in-i, let's talk about Theo Walcott, Freddie Ljungberg and Henry, let's talk about Cesc."

Arsenal fans, To the tune of Salt and Pepa's Let's Talk About Sex

Sung by Newcastle fans to Man Utd, who included a struggling striker in their line up by the name of Andy Cole, following his £7 million move from St James' Park" >
"Thank you very much for the seven million, Thank you very much, Thank you very, very, very much."

Sung by Newcastle fans to Man Utd, who included a struggling striker in their line up by the name of Andy Cole, following his £7 million move from St James' Park

West Ham fans enjoy a visit to Manchester City following the death of the character Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street. " >
"Vera's dead, Vera's dead, Vera's dead!"

West Ham fans enjoy a visit to Manchester City following the death of the character Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street.

Middlesbrough fans modify Bon Jovi's 'Livin on a Prayer'" >
"Ohh! We're half way there! Ohh-ohh! Aliadiere!"

Middlesbrough fans modify Bon Jovi's 'Livin on a Prayer'
Do Do Do Nigel Reo-Coker

West Ham Fans to do the conga. Submitted by Darren

Leeds fans to David Healy" >
"Away in a manger, No crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus, Laid down his sweet head, The stars in the bright sky, Looked down where HE LAY, HEALY, HEALY!"

Leeds fans to David Healy

Liverpool fans salute Benitez's facial hair" >
"It's neat, it's weird, it's Rafa's goatee beard!"

Liverpool fans salute Benitez's facial hair

Newcastle fans: Sang to the Happy Days theme tune" >
"Sunday, Monday, Habib Beye Tuesday, Wednesday, Habib Beye Thursday, Friday, Habib Beye Saturday, Habib Beye, rocking all week with you!"

Newcastle fans: Sang to the Happy Days theme tune

Everton fans sing to a young Wayne Rooney to the tune of the Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There" >
"He was just 17, You know what I mean, And he wears the golden boots upon his feet. No we wouldn't have Michael Owen ooooohhh coz we've got Wayne Rooney."

Everton fans sing to a young Wayne Rooney to the tune of the Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There

Fans of several Championship clubs to Cardiff's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink" >
"You're just a fat Eddie Murphy!"

Fans of several Championship clubs to Cardiff's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

West Ham fans to the tune of Dean Martin's 'That's Amore'" >
"When the ball hits your head and you sit in row Z, that's Zamora!"

West Ham fans to the tune of Dean Martin's 'That's Amore'

" >
"Joe Royle whatever you may do, You're going down to division two, You won't win a cup, You won't win a shield, Your next derby is Macclesfield"


Manchester United fans to Lee Sharpe during his glory days at the club" >
"Dance, dance wherever you may be, He is the young lad from Torquay, He soon settled in, He soon made his mark, He is the lad that we call Lee Sharpe."

Manchester United fans to Lee Sharpe during his glory days at the club

Spurs fans improvise The Automatic's Monster hit" >
"What's that coming over the hill? Is it Chimbonda? Is it Chimbonda?"

Spurs fans improvise The Automatic's Monster hit

Spurs fans to Jurgen Klinsmann" >
"He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, He never got touched, but he's down on his knees."

Spurs fans to Jurgen Klinsmann

Leeds fans (to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs' Oh My God)" >
"Oh my God I can't believe it, we've never been this good away from home!"

Leeds fans (to the tune of Kaiser Chiefs' Oh My God)

Cardiff fans to keeper Kasper Schmeichel" >
"Oh Kasper, whoah, whoh, oh, Oh Kasper, whoah, whoh, oh, He stands between our posts, He's named after a ghost."

Cardiff fans to keeper Kasper Schmeichel

Liverpool fans serenade West Ham's travelling support" >
"You've got Di Canio, we've got your stereo!"

Liverpool fans serenade West Ham's travelling support

West Ham fans have been ranked top of the league when it comes to witty terrace chants.

The club's supporters have taken the honours in a search for the best football chant of the past decade, with a verse about Rio Ferdinand's spell on the bench for missing a drugs test.

Second in the poll, to launch fantasy football game Oulala, is a singalong by Fulham fans for striker Bobby Zamora, which borrows the tune of Dean Martin's Amore.

The winning chant by Hammers fans was aimed at their own former player who had gone on to play for Manchester United but had received a ban, forcing him to sit on the sidelines. They sang, to the tune of Duran Duran's hit Rio: " His name is Rio and he watches from the stand."

Valery Bollier, co-founder of Oulala, says: "We know that British football fans are among the most passionate in the world and they are rightly famous all over the world for their witty terrace chants.

"Our top 10 shows how humour and sport are completely interlinked - a good laugh can pick up your spirits when losing or add to your opponents' misery when you are winning."

The poll was conducted among 1,500 football fans.

Oulala - which is a free game launching today at www.oulala.com - has been in development for three years and is said to be based on skill rather than luck.

:: Top 10 wittiest chants from the past decade:

1. "His name is Rio and he watches from the stand" - West Ham fans to Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, sung to the tune of Duran Duran's Rio.

2. "When you're sat in row Z, and the ball hits your head, that's Zamora, that's Zamora" - Fulham supporters hail their striker Bobby Zamora, sung to the tune of Dean Martin's That's Amore.

3. "You should have stayed on the telly" - Newcastle United fans to Alan Shearer, when the Match of the Day pundit led the team to relegation as manager.

4. "He's fast, he's red, he talks like Father Ted, Robbie Keane" - Liverpool fans on the club's striker.

5. "Your teeth are offside, your teeth are offside, Luis Suarez, your teeth are offside" - Manchester United fans singing about Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

6. "Deep fry yer pizzas, we're gonna deep fry yer pizzas" - Scotland fans to Italy's supporters in a World Cup qualifier in March 2007.

7. "Chelsea, wherever you may be, keep your wife from John Terry" - Chelsea fans saluted their captain Terry after his affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, s ung to the tune of Lord Of The Dance.

8. "John Carew, Carew. He likes a lap-dance or two. He might even pay for you. John Carew, Carew" - Aston Villa fans sang this about their player, to the Que Sera Sera song.

9. "Fat Eddie Murphy, you're just a fat Eddie Murphy" - Newcastle United fans used this heckle on then-Chelsea player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

10. "You only live round the corner" - Fulham to Manchester United supporters, a chant now sung by many other London teams when they play at home to United.

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