Villa fans revive the art of the heartless taunt
Arsenal’s feelings trampled by provincial poetry
Aston Villa fans amused themselves at the Emirates on Saturday by performing some songs on the subject of Eduardo’s almost losing his foot the previous week. Our Arsenal witnesses claimed they were unable to decipher the precise lyrical content at the time, but just the mention of Eduardo’s name by Villa’s minstrels was enough to earn the visitors a shower of currency.
Amongst the chants were, to the tune of What’s That Coming Over The Hill?;
What’s that sticking out of his sock,
Is it his ankle? Is it his ankle?
And, to a more conventional Volare;
Eduardo woah woah
He had some silky skills,
Now he walks like Heather Mills
The Arsenal brass were appalled at their guests’ insensitivity, (although didn’t express an opinion on the innovative topicality of chant 2), but visiting fans have never been known for their positive chanting on the subject of the opposition (“Great new ground with excellent prices,” and “Thanks for beating us with flair and commitment” are two chants that have yet to be heard in away ends anywhere on this planet.)
Not so many weeks ago, Sir Alex Ferguson was bellyaching about Old Trafford having all the atmosphere of a funeral, yet surely there’s no better way to stir a sluggish home support when the players can’t than for the travelling support to kick the beehive.
The stage seems set for the bureaucrats to pile in here with a working document on Guidelines for Appropriate Vocal Utterances at the Football Stadia of England and Wales (Visiting Support). Are fans going to find they soon have to add the cost of a fully-functioning moral compass to the burden of supporting their team?