Top 10 songs about football

There’s scant crossover between football and music. But here’s ten of the best.

10. Helen Love – Cardiff City Superstar

“It’s the end of the summer / So it’s going to be / Another long season in Division Three.”

South Wales’ finest glitterpunkpop girl (and the originator of the phrase ‘Girl Power’) pays tribute to the then failing Cardiff City, at the time more likely to feature Leo Fortune-West than Craig Bellamy.

This is poor quality due to being ripped from the original 7″ but it beats the version re-recorded with members of Super Furry Animals for Cardiff’s 2008 FA Cup Final.

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9. Fio Maravilha – Ben Jor

A Brazilian classic. To use one translation…

“…driblou o goleiro
Só não entrou com bola e tudo porque teve humildade.”
(“…he dribbled past the goalkeeper but did not enter the goal with the ball because he had humility.”)


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8. EnglandNewOrder – World in Motion

Listening to Anthony H Wilson tell an unnecessarily rambling and pecularily bollocks anecdote about driving to the studio and en-route “discovering that, to our surprise, there was a third syllable in ‘Eng-ger-land’.”

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7. Colourbox – The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme

An instrumental released on 4AD Records and originally inspired by Baseball? It was cynically/smartly renamed for the 1986 World Cup, went up the charts and fits the coverage of the Mexican tournament.

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6. Frank Sidebottom  – Football Medley

“YOU’RE GOING HOME ON AN ORGANISED FOOTBALL COACH”. Frank Sidebottom was one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. Chris Sievey, the man behind the mask, died last year – I’ve written up my memories elsewhere. Here’s a medley of various tributes to Match of the Day, Altrincham FC and Frank’s own side – ‘Timperley Big Shorts F.C.’. Not including his final opus: ‘Three Shirts on My Line’.

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5. Barcelona – Kasey Keller

The USA’s first-choice goalkeeper for most of the 1990s “saves the day again”.

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4. The Fall – Kicker Conspiracy

MES, the man who put the ‘Town’ in Southampton FC, fired up Sparta FC and likes his football “with a nice clean sausage” fancies a bit of a Rowche Rumble.

Don’t miss him reading the results on Football Focus.

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3. Half Man Half Biscuit – Mathematically Safe

The love that dare not speak its name; or, that moment of bliss only achieved on two occasions. Namely, when you’re holding someone you love very tight or when your stupid, incompetent football team grabs a gritty 1-1 draw to ensure survival in their division for one more season.

It’s not on YouTube – but listen online here or on Spotify.

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2. Pete Green – The Ballad of Phil Jevons

This Grimsbonian renaissance man juggles the editorship of delightfully world-weary zine Cod Almighty with being a indiepop star in The Sweet Nothings (ex-‘The Pete Green Corporate Juggernaut’).

It’s a tale of football woe as the starlet is forced to drop the leagues as the dream turns bitter – and the fan can’t help but relate to his plight.

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1. The Hitchers – Strachan

The song that actually gets it: “What’s that you’re watching? / It’s a programme about art.”

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4 Responses to Top 10 songs about football

  1. Jack PoP says:

    How have i not come across your blog before! You talk about Oxford, music and Helen Love. This is solid gold :-) Digging this list for true, but you seem to have omitted Eat My Goal by Collapsed Lung – a massive MASSIVE tune!

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  4. Brian Artillery says:

    What about ‘Eat My Goal’ by Collapsed Lung ‘The Game’ by Tackhead, featuring Brian Moore, and the peerless ‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit’, and ‘Dead Men Don’t Need Season Tickets’, by Half Man, Half Biscuit? I’m not a football fan, but I love these songs.

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