Soccer and music have had a stormy relationship over the years (with music definitely coming out as the more abused of the two partners).
The dreadful songs that are wheeled out to commemorate a team reaching any kind of finals or final have scarred many of us for life, yet there is the occasional diamond in the dirt that prevents us from abandoning hope completely.
Here then are a few songs about soccer that actually pass muster (and more);
Strachan by The Hitchers A song about a man trying to watch Leeds United while his girlfriend is simultaneously trying to start an argument. Needless to say the game takes the majority of his attention.
God’s Footballer by Billy Bragg Tells the story of Peter Knowles, a Wolves player who retired from the game age 25 to follow his faith.
The Ballad of Phil Jevons by Pete Green Is the lament of a lower league fan watching a “mercurial” player fail to make the effort every week “4 grand a week with bonuses, I would say the onus is on you to justify that salary”.
Kicker Conspiracy by The Fall Safe to say that The Fall are an acquired taste but anybody who writes a protest song about the English FA can’t be all bad.
Friday Nights and the Gates Are Low by Half Man Half Biscuit A song about Tranmere Rovers and the creeping gentrification of soccer “stick a burger in my mouth, shove a seat beneath my arse”. This band also deserve an honourable mention for their song “All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit”.
Holte End Hotel by Stephen Duffy Recorded with fellow Aston Villa fan, violinist Nigel Kennedy, this is a love song to a pub that sits just outside Villa Park.
Six songs that hopefully show that music and soccer doesn’t begin and end with players trying to “rap” or celebrities desperately seeking a fleeting hit by latching on to their team’s success.
Other nominations welcome.
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