Last year, we brought you the first in what will hopefully prove a long and acclaimed series; Players whose chant is better than they are. Football is enhanced by creativity and nothing is proof of this more than football chants.
The classic example of this cateogory is this Warren Feeney gem:
We love our Itsy Bitsy,
Plays in Dundee and he can't score a goal!
In the aftermath of the debut list, numerous Balls.ie readers offered their own suggestions. Several office arguments and late-night debates later, we've carefully selected the best seven. The criteria is simple, the player themselves does not have to be necessarily bad, the chant itself must be exceedingly good.
Ward has carved out a fine career for club and country, starring for Burnley last season in the Premier League when fit. However, his chant is too good not to include. To the tune of church hymn: 'He is lord, he is lord...'
He is Ward,
He is Ward,
He has risen from the dead and he is Ward.
Every cross he makes, every heart he breaks,
Jesus Christ is Ward.
The Newcastle midfielder was first subjected to this chant during his time with Liverpool. Shelvey did see the lighter side of it at the time.
He's coming for you. He's coming for you. Harry Potter, he's coming for you.
In 2007, Stephen Ireland was one of the brightest talents in the national squad, until he left in controversial circumstances. At the time Ireland was condemned for his claims while both Irish boss Steve Staunton and his Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson criticised him. The entire ordeal left a bad taste and he did not play for the country again, but the circumstance was always going to get the chant treatment:
Alive alive oh, Alive alive oh, Stephen Ireland's two grannies are alive alive oh!
Former Welsh footballer Jermaine Easter played for 13 different clubs across the UK, before ending his career with Bristol Rovers. It was Rovers fans themselves who created his iconic chant, although Easter played for Wycombe at the time:
"You're not as good as Christmas!"
The French striker was a highly touted prospect when he first arrived at Arsenal but failed to deliver and was ultimately loaned to Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace. The Highbury faithful had hoped Sanogo would be an improvement on Emmanuel Adebayor, as epitomised by their chant, to the tune of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
Wake me up, Yaya Sanogo, we hope you're better than that c*nt from Togo.
The Portuguese winger was on the receiving end of a fairly brutal challenge by Jamie Carragher during his Manchester United Career, something Liverpool fans reminded of him repeatedly. To the tune of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal:
Nani are you ok, are you ok Nani!
The French defender was a spent four years at Arsenal as a squad player, although at times his defending left much to be desired.
Nobody was more aware of his limitations than Arsenal fans:
he plays when no ones fit.
Pascal Cygan! Pascal Cygan!
Honourable mention: A truly inspired effort for Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Elliott Justham.
The home fans behind the goal in the South Stand are chanting "You're just a sh*t Tesco sandwich" at Dagenham keeper Elliot Justham.
— Elliot Owens (@elliotowens95) October 29, 2016