Song of the Week: “On the Ball, City”

by Douglas Cowie on 3 May 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “On the Ball, City”:

Never mind the danger.

Last weekend Norwich City Football Club secured promotion to the Premier League. This weekend they’ll try to win the English Football League Championship with a win or draw against Aston Villa. “On the Ball, City” is the song Norwich City fans sing in the stands, in abbreviated form and at a much faster pace than this 1959 version, sung by I don’t know whom. Allegedly it’s the oldest football song still in use. Earlier this year my friend Ryan and I taught our friend Bill the words to this song, on our way from my friend Margot’s house to Carrow Road for what turned out to be a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, the other team that could still win the league title this Saturday.

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