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Football songs and chants are as common place in the game as the goal posts and the linesman. If you attempt to find a ground that is silent for ninety minutes you’d be hard pressed as fans from both sides of the ground battle for vocal supremacy.

Why we feel the need to sing in a rhythmic manner at football matches instead of just individual shouting isn’t clear but football chanting/singing has been described as the last oral folk song tradition in the UK. Each team have their own chants relating to players or events.

On some occasions popular songs have become unofficial anthems for a club such as You’ll Never Walk Alone for Liverpool. The song itself has nothing to do with Liverpool but has now become such a huge part of the club especially around the Hillsborough Disaster.

One of the earliest songs for Tranmere Rovers was to celebrate their title winning season in 1938. The sport journalist at the Birkenhead News wanted to find the best way to sum up how proud he was of the team so he wrote a song. Below is a small section of the song.

‘I’m a Tranmere Roverite, Old Faithful is my name
And from the Shades of Prenton Park I never want to roam.’
‘Don’t talk to me of Alex James or First Division clubs
I’d sooner watch the local lads and after in the pub
Over a friendly gill of ale, we’ll fight the match once more’

‘So loudly sing ‘PLAY UP, THE BLUES’ let the cheers fill the air
From Newcastle to Plymouth, they’ll hear us I declare
PLAY UP, THE BLUES shall be our cry, we’ll shout it everywhere
And we’ll view the sights of London when we play the final there’

It is unlikely this song ever left the pages of the Birkenhead News and due to its rather long winded lines I doubt even the fans were singing it from the terrace. But still in the 1930s Tranmere were remembered in song.

Fast forward nearly fifty years and we come to the peak of football songs as teams and players lend their voices to somewhat cheesey songs. Classic songs such as Love Got the World in Motion featuring the England World Cup team are still regarded as classics.

A more forgotten tune of the 1980s was by Linda Christiansen with her song Wembley Way in 1988. But this song wasn’t to spur on Liverpool or Wimbledon on their way to the FA Cup Final, no this song was for Tranmere.

In 1988 Tranmere took part in the Football League Centenary Tournament which was to be played at Wembley. In Tranmere’s 104 years of history this was their first visit to the national stadium and it would be the first of several visits over the decade.

The song is a classic 1980s tune made up of poorly recorded guitars, synthetic drums and trumpets. Although not the most lyrically impressive song, the message that Tranmere were on the way up in the football world was clear.

Tranmere, a new dawns rising, the skies the limit now
Tranmere, no one can stop us, there is nothing we cannot win…
Wembley way is waiting, to have new champions
Tranmere supreme.

The lyrics above make up part of the final chorus of the song which the team sang along to with Linda Christiansen on the record.

In 2006 the long term physio and short term manager Les Parry released a single for charity based upon the Christmas song The Red Nosed Reindeer but was retitled I’m Les the White Legs Parry.

And as 2013 starts, another tune is being added to the list of football songs at Prenton Park as Neil Diamond’s Forever in Blue Jeans has been adopted by players and many of the fans.

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