Last week I wrote a piece for an Arsenal web site in India, in return for the piece they wrote for Untold.
It went up, and they said nice things about it. No problem.
Yesterday, it reappeared on another site with a different headline. The author said it was the funniest article he had ever read about football journalism. He gave full credit to me as author, so no prob. In fact the reverse – he was extremely gracious and kind in the praise he gave my article.
Which made me think of two things.
One: what is the funniest chant you have ever heard at Arsenal.
Two: what is the funniest article or story you have heard/read about Arsenal.
I am only going to answer point one with three songs/chants – two from the old days one from this season.
From the old days: Perry Groves World. To the tune of Yellow Submarine, it basically went
Number One is Perry Groves
Number Two is Perry Groves
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Number Three is Perry Groves
Number Four is Perry Groves
We all live in a Perry Groves World, a Perry Groves World….
Also from that era – from the season when we had 2 points deducted for arguing at Manchester United. We won the league with a game to spare, Liverpool having lost in an earlier kick off on TV. We poured out of the pubs into the ground and for three solid hours sang
You can stick your fucking two points up your arse.
Now there is nothing very funny about that, and my apologies if you find the language offensive, but I can’t really tell the story without giving you the full language. (The song was “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes”).
But the TV commentator had to cope with nothing but that chant which could be clearly heard on TV. And on the recordings you can hear us -singing it over and over and over, with the commentator saying, “And you can hear the Arsenal supporters in good voice, singing “We are the champions” which they are now, because Liverpool lost.”
Last one: this season. After the third goal against Tottenham, most of the crowd singing, “Are you Tottenham in disguise?”. Laugh? I nearly cried. Wonderful surreal Arsenal.