Top Ten Football Terrace Anthems From Author Colin BlaneyEx inter-city-jibber and acclaimed Manchester author Colin Blaney recently released his latest terrace / crime book ‘The Undesirables’ (a follow up to his epic 2004s publication, Grafters.) 

As a man who knows his football better than most Louder Than War asked Colin to pick out some of his own favourite terrace songs from the 60s and upwards.

His picks range from The Clash’s ‘White Riot’ to the comedy skit Monty Python song ‘Spam’. Colin explains how these hit songs became terrace anthems for himself and the U.T.D. faithful.

If you’re interested in Colin Blaney you may also like to check out the interview Carl Stanley did for us with him.

Everything below in quote marks is by Colin…



1. “The first tune I ever sang on the terraces from the charts was The Beatles with ‘Yellow Submarine’ which we’d change to ‘we all live in a red submarine”


2) “Early 70’s were the Slade days and UTD would sing…’Come On feel the noise, then meet the boys, well go Wild Wild Wild’ etc etc…”


Top Ten Football Terrace Anthems From Author Colin Blaney

3) “Gary Glitters ‘Hello Hello, I’m back Again’ with us belting out “Its good to be back, good to be back hello, hello” when UTD came back up from the second division”


4) “Then you got the punk days and ‘Police and Thief’s’ by The Clash. It really was something else as it sent us all into a madness zone with both the punks and perry boys po-going to it after the games, on the trains and in the grounds. And also when we’d steam into the first mob of rival fans we’d come across.”


5) “Tell you another big tune with the UTD lads was Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys are Back in Town’, especially when we played away and would be drinking in the oppositions battle cruisers”


6) “I remember 808 States ‘Pacific State‘ being big around 89 and hearing it being played in the Stretford End at UTD v Forest in the FA Cup.”


Top Ten Football Terrace Anthems From Author Colin Blaney

7) “Got to include this, 1991 in Rotterdam we sang Monty Pythons ‘Always look on the red side of life’ etc…”


8) “Another tune from the punk era was ‘White Riot’ by The Clash, but we’d be singing “red riot, we wanna riot, red riot a riot of our own” like we did when we steamed into the North Bank in 77″.


9) “Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival which would go ” I hear The Stretford Ends a rising, I hear there’s trouble on the way, so don’t go out tonight unless your red and white, there’s a bad moon on the rise”. Its still sung by UTD today when we play City.”


10) “Monty Python again with ‘Spam Spam Spam’. We sang this when about 2000 inner-core lads left the Stretford End as the away fans were just appearing in the Scoreboard paddock around 75-76. We took over that end as well and next door in the corner of the scoreboard, away fans would come with more police around them so we’d sing songs that made them shudder. I swear it was so loud the wooden flooring started to bounce up and down. It was a mad song to sing and would really weird them out and made us laugh our tits off as we’d sing it after the game in the pubs, mega days…MUFC OK”



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All words by Carl Stanley. More writing by Carl on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.

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  1. All good songs.but what about giggs will tare you apart .we’ll drink a drink to Eric the king. Nicky nicky nicky butt na na na . Walking down the Warwick. Road to see matt busby aces.nobby nobby nobby nobby nobby . Nobby nobby stiles.u n I t e d united are the team for me with a nick back paddy wack.

  2. Good list Beaner,a few more. :2,4,6,8 motorway by the Tom Robinson band-2,4,6,8 Uniteds great,we’re gonna win the cup again this year! Also Slade,The Stretford End would sing “Mama were all craze now”….and the all time Derby classic from terry jacks “seasons in the sun”…..”We had joy we had fun,we had city on the run but the joy didn’t last cos the bastards ran too fast.They were punched they were kicked,they were bottled they were bricked,and the hills that we climbed was the shit they left behind”….MUFC OK!

  3. Just come across some old photos late 1977/8 preseason, tour of Europe, pubby, gibbo, willem Ginty brothers, mick madden, etc also the first time I met coco, just thinkin of the time we jibbed the train from hamburg to Copenhagen to watch the reds on tour, we managed to get into a empty carriage, so we thought, we got under the seats to stay out the way for a while .within 10 mins the doors opened, in came the ticket inspectors we were in their bastard compartment, 9 bastard hrs we stayed under them seats,coco god bless his sole would av been about 18 at the time I was 17. The was about 4 of us from the Bacup area, we went on the tours every year for app 5 years. Great times, never forgotten,


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