August is almost upon us which means the start of the new football season. We’ve got our new shirts, rivalries are renewed and the chants in stadiums up and down the country will soon greet the kick offs in the first games of the season.
The adoption of pre-existing songs, hymns and rhymes is now ever present on the terraces of football clubs up and down the country. This has been the case from the 1920’s when the use of chants started becoming more frequent, and took off with the growth of youth culture in the 1960’s. As brass band entertainment before matches diminished, pop music started to be played over the speakers at football stadiums. These, along with many other tunes from the entire spectrum of the musical world, would form the basis of some of the longest standing chants and songs heard today.