My Top 20 Cardiff City Chants

We’ve had some very funny and inventive chants over the years and many that are individual to us. Here is a list of my top 20 Cardiff chants of all time. Any comments or opinions are welcome and post what your favourite is. Also if there’s any I’ve not put on that you feel deserve to be.

20) Not a regular chant, in fact we’ve only sung it a few times in various games but it’s one to show the brilliant sense of humour that City fans have. We were playing at the Emirates a few years ago and Arsenal scored a goal in the final minute of the match to give them a 4-0 lead. Their fans were absolutely dire and all you could hear was the travelling Cardiff support singing.

 “5-4, we’re gunna win 5-4

  We’re gunna win 5-4,

  We’re gunna win 5-4.”

19) Although it may not be entirely true, and we know that, Cardiff fans sing that our club is the greatest in the world, as do many clubs. It may not be a particularly unique chant but it is one that we sing with a large amount of gusto and passion that can drive the team on.

 “And it’s Cardiff City,

  Cardiff City FC,

  We’re the greatest team in football the world has ever seen.”

The giant Cardiff City pride of Wales flag

Video: Greatest Team

18) This one only came about this season and I think we’ll hear it again on the last day of the season away at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman said to journalists prior to our Carling Cup Semi-Final against his side that Cardiff always “bottle it” and would be “scared”. These comments gave our boys the fire to see off Palace and reach the final, but also something that the City fans could chant to rub it into the manager.

 “We’re not f*cking scared,

  We’re not f*cking scaaared,

  Dougie Freedman,

  We’re not f*cking scared.”

Video: We’re Not Scared

17) A lot of Cardiff fans turned on him in his last season with us, but I was always a big fan of Paul Parry. To be honest I miss having a winger such as himself, Ledley or Whittingham who always looked so deadly cutting in and curling one into the goal, something we haven’t had this year. This chant was sung about both Parry and Ledley and is currently given to Don Cowie.

 “I told my mate the other day how I’d seen the white Pele,

  So he said who is he,

  I said he goes by the name of Paul Parry,

  Paul Parry, Paul Parry, he goes by the name of Paul Parry.”

Paul Parry when we played at Ninian park

 16) The ayatollah is something individual to Cardiff City football club and basically is this: 

It’s become a symbol to show that someone is a Bluebirds fan and looks impressive when the whole stand or stadium does it. Often we’ll chant, “Do the ayatollah _____” to one of the players or the manager who will get a cheer if and when they do it.

 “Do the ayatollah everyone,

  Do the ayatollah everyone.”

Video: About the Ayatollah

15) Our player of the season this year has to be Peter Whittingham. The man who was among the three players shortlisted for Championship player of the season is a sensational talent and I feel the chant we have for him is very fitting indeed.

 “He does what he wants,

  He does what he waaants,

  Peter Whittingham,

  He does what he wants.”

Peter Whittingham who does what he wants

14) I was very tempted to put this further up the list as I think it’s a very simple, yet brilliant chant. Cardiff fans have been clever by turning the old ‘your Welsh so you’re a sheepshagger’ into something that we actually all love to sing about and which, in fact, makes the English fans singing it look stupid. It’s very funny when they start a chant of sheepshaggers and then their faces go blank when we just sing it back louder. Cardiff fans also reply to this by singing “We shag em, you eat em” which I’m sure would put many off eating lamb for life. Also, we often sing “One nil, to the sheepshaggers, one nil to the sheepshaggers” or whatever the score may be.

 “Sheep, sheep, sheepshaggers,

  Sheep, sheep, sheepshaggers.”

13) Not a long chant, but one that I find funny and one that Brighton fans must get fed up of us singing to them. With Brighton being the gay capital of Britain, we like to give them a bit of banter and take the mickey out of their fans by signing.

 “We can see you holding hands,

  We can see you holding hands.”

12) Men of Harlech is kind of our anthem and played before every Cardiff home game, it might possibly be played forever. Cardiff fans only ever duh duh duh to the tune as they don’t know the lyrics, followed by 2 claps at certain parts. It always sounds brilliant before kick-off but I would love to see everyone learn the words and sing it properly. Below is the two versus that we hum along to.

“From the hills rebounding, *clap clap*

Let this war cry sounding, *clap clap*

Summon all at Cambria’s call

The mighty force surrounding, *clap clap*

Men Of Harlech onto glory

This will ever be your story

Keep these burning words before ye

Welshmen will not yield.”

Video: Men of Harlech

11) Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (later Dimi Can’t stop a lot after his ‘mare against Wolves) was a Coventry goalkeeper loaned to us in 2009, just after having a stint with Swansea. The Jacks often try to mock us by singing “swim away” after a few Cardiff fans were allegedly chased into the sea by a group of Swansea fans in 1988. So yet another Cardiff chant came about in which we take the mickey out of ourselves a bit, sung to the tune of Karma Chameleon.

 “Dimi, Dimi, Dimi, Dimi, Dimi Konstantopoulos,

  He swam away,

  To Cardiff Baaaay.”

10) I think this has been sung ever since I’ve been a City fan and one that everyone joins in with. Always a fans favourite.

 “You are my Cardiff,

  My only Cardiff,

  You make me happy,

  When skies are grey, When skies are grey,

  You’ll never notice,

  How much I love you,

  So please don’t take, my Cardiff away.”

Grey skies over Ninian Park

Video: My Only Cardiff

9) One of the funniest moments for me at our new stadium was when everyone started doing the ‘Hussey Hussey’. We were playing Coventry on 20th October 2009 when their new loan signing Chris Hussey was in loads of space and started to jump up and down waving his arms in the air screaming for the ball but was ignored, not for the first time, as the ball was sent down the opposite side. Us City fans in the Ninian stand loved it and started mimicking him and then cheered his every touch. There was even a surreal moment when he attacked Cardiff’s defence and our fans started roaring him on. Sadly he ignored pleas to do the ayatollah, and better still, to do the ‘Hussey’ which involved frantic arm waving. Not a lasting chant but one that had me in stitches and I don’t think the rest of the stadium had a clue what we were doing at the time.

 “Do the Hussey Hussey.”

Video: Explanation of the ‘Hussey Hussey’

8) One of my favourite Cardiff players was Joe Ledley, hence why he’s one of the players on the banner of my blog. Cardiff born and bred, Ledley scored some important goals for the Bluebirds and we used to sign a chant for him that involved spelling his name…who says we’re not educated.

 “J.O.E, L.E.D, L.E.Y is Joe Ledley,

  With a nick nack paddywack give the dog a bone,

  Swansea City f*ck off home.”

Cardiff boy Joe Ledley

7) We were playing Southampton at Ninian Park in 2008 when Darren Purse was warming up next to the Southampton pair of Nathan Dyer and Bradley Wright-Phillips who had recently been charged with burglary. We all started shouting “Darren, watch your Purse” and the three of them went along with the banter, pretending to rob Darren’s ‘purse’, much to our amusement.

 “Darren! Watch your Purse,

  Darren, Darren watch your Purse.”

6) This one stems from a case of mistaken identity involving a former Bluebird with a brilliant story behind it. A policeman spotted someone on the roof of an amusement arcade and said it looked like Nathan Blake. The player was then arrested for breaking into the arcade when it was never actually him. Since then Cardiff fans have sung this about him.

 “He’s black,

  He’s mean,

  He’ll rob your fruit machine,

  Nathan Blake, Nathan Blaaake.”

5) Chris Burke was a whippet of a winger who we signed to replace Wayne Routledge who refused to sign a contract at the club. Fans would sing this swaying first left then right and even sung it when Burke played against us for Birmingham earlier in the season, which shows how much of a fans favourite he was in South Wales.

 “He plays on the left,

  He plays on the riiiight,

  That boy Chris Burke,

  Makes Routledge look sh*te.”

Video: Chris Burke

Chris Burke on one of his trademark mazy runs

4) Number 4 is a favourite of mine because of the story behind it and a chant that we sing against Portsmouth. On March 12th 1983 we played Pompey at Fratton Park and a group of Cardiff fans climbed up and stole their big clock in the Milton End of the stadium. Ever since we’ve sung the following which I’ve always found rather amusing.

 “Pompey what’s the time?

 Pompey, Pompey what’s the time?”

3) Peter Thorne is magic has always been one of my favourites and the reference to a magic hat is down to his headed goals. It has been adapted since to Steve Thompson and Craig Bellamy, the latter surprisingly so as Bellamy isn’t exactly known for being good in the air. A brilliant chant nonetheless.

 “Ooooooh, Peter Thorne is magic,

 He wears a magic hat,

 And when he signed for Cardiff, he said I fancy that,

 He didn’t sign for the Jack b*st*rds or Wrexham cos their sh*te,

 He signed for Cardiff City cos we’re fu*king dynamite.”

 And Bellamy’s version

 “Ooooooh, Craig Bellamy is magic,

 He wears a magic hat,

 And when he signed for Cardiff, he said I fancy that,

 He didn’t sign for Celtic, cos Ledley said they’re sh*te,

 He signed for Cardiff City cos we’re fu*king dynamite.”

Chasetown also say Cardiff are magic

2) One of the most passionately sung songs we have is in recognition of the Rhondda miners 100 or so years ago and is my number 2. I think this is the longest running Cardiff chant we have and what the team currently walk out to.

 “I’ll be there, I’ll be there,

 With my little pick and shovel I’ll be there.”

Video: I’ll Be There

1) My number one chant has to be the one belonging to the silver fox himself, Kevin McNaughton. The lyrics are brilliant and you can quite often see either Kev himself or the other players laughing when we sing it. I wonder if any City fans would actually let him ‘shag’ their wives if we won promotion this year?

 “Kevin McNaughton you are the love of my live,

  Kevin McNaughton I’d let you shag my wife,

  Kevin McNaughton,

  I want silver hair too.”

Video: Kevin McNaughton

The silver fox himself

Media from Youtube users: smithybayy21, Reese2k6, ffwtboldotcom, JWexperiment & bluearmy1000. Ayatollah explanation from BBC Sport.
Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy

19 thoughts on “My Top 20 Cardiff City Chants

  1. Really liked the Paul Parry chant. Missing a couple of my favourites including:

    “Oh Kasper, whoah, whoh, oh,
    Oh Kasper, whoah, whoh, oh,
    He stands between our posts,
    He’s named after a ghost.”

  2. Back in the day city had a player called Carl Dale who was city’s very own super sub he always seemed to come off the bench and score if we were in need of a late call we used to chant to the tune of day-o (the banana boat song)
    Daaaale daaaale we want Dale and we want him now !

    • Can you remember Phil Stant? We used to have a chant for him that went. “Who needs Cantona when we’ve got Stantona”. Very nearly made my list as I like the chant but he played a bit before I started following Cardiff.

      • Oh stantona legend, right ard boy him, I liked that chant. What about Alan Lee Lee won’t you score a goal for me lol

  3. I think “What’s that coming over the hill” has to be in here.

    The Automatic were Welsh, we were the first set of fans to sing it – it was genuinely ours and by God did we sing it loudly!

    I’d also put “He does what he wants” higher up as well, because it’s simply true.

  4. As I said in the previous comments i so nearly put Chopra’s in and fair point about Whitts too. He’s scored some absolute screamers for us! Cheers for the comment pal.

  5. Very interesting to have the chants explained, we non-players do wonder sometimes about the relevance of it all! I never realised football could be so musical!! 😉 Good idea to put in the video clips too!

  6. Love this blog mate!! reminds me of so many away days with cardiff aswell, miss them now I’m in uni !!! dougie freedmon was awesome, and we will win 5-4… fantastic!

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