Best Tottenham Chants

tottenhamShall we sing a song for you? Football isn’t quite the same without a good old sing song at the match and we all love to get behind our team, and wind up the opposition, with some well crafted verses.

Each professional club should have songs that are unique to their side and in the case of Spurs, that seems to be the case, even though some claims are up for wider debate. Not all Tottenham chants are printable but here is our guide to some of our favourites.

Glory Glory

Is this ours or does it belong to Manchester United? This is one of those songs where there is a dispute between the two clubs but Spurs historians are confident that we came up with it first. Set to the tune of Glory, Glory Hallelujah, it’s a very simple one to learn in the unlikely event that you haven’t heard it before.

Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur
Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur
Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur
And the Spurs go marching on

It’s not a particularly imaginative chant but it sums up what this club is all about. Double-winning manager Bill Nicholson and his captain Danny Blanchflower taught us that the game is all about glory and the song simply backs that up.

Oh When the Spurs

We may just have to concede that we pinched this one: Once again there are many who claim this to be their own but Southampton may have come up with this first for reasons that will appear obvious.

Keeping the biblical theme going and set to the tune of When the Saints go Marching In, it goes something like this.

Oh When the Spurs
Go Marching In
Oh When the Spurs go Marching In
I want to be in that Number
Oh When the Spurs go Marching In

With Southampton carrying the nickname of the Saints, it’s pretty obvious as to why the South Coast club claim it as their own but whoever has a greater right to sing it, this remains a spine-tingling number that has accompanied many happy days at White Hart Lane.

Born is the King

Firstly, we’ll deal with the tune and then come on to some of the players who have laid claim to being the King of White Hart Lane. It’s set to the tune of the Christmas Carol ‘Noel Noel’ – Born is the King etc – and we’ll use the first recipient, Alan Gilzean

Gillie, Gillie, Gillie, Gillie
Born is the King of White Hart Lane

(On occasions, substitute Gillie for Gilzean)

It’s a simple song and, while we’re not always clear as to what the players think of it, us fans consider this to be a huge accolade. As we mentioned, it was first bestowed on Alan Gilzean, the combative Scot who quickly became a fans favourite and spent ten years at White Hart Lane between 1964 and 1974.

As the 70’s gave way to the 1980’s, Glenn Hoddle, whose surname fits nicely with the original tune, claimed the song as his own and few would dispute that he was a worthy inheritor.

There are reports that Alfie Conn was the target of the song during a brief stay at the Lane but this author doesn’t recall it. I do remember half-hearted attempts to attach Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne to it, however.

In the modern day, The King of White Hart Lane seems to have been retired following the passing of Alan Gilzean. It may not, therefore, be current, but it remains as one of our favourite and most nostalgic Spurs chants of all time.

One of our own

Perhap, with the King having passed, a new song will pass into Tottenham folklore. Besides, it’s a little tricky to sing about the King of the New Tottenham Stadium or KFC Arena. Aimed at striker Harry Kane, it lacks any complicated verse and consists merely of the following, simple lines.

He’s one of our own
One of our own
That Harry Kane
He’s one of our own

The intention of the song is to establish a link between a player and his fans. In amongst all these expensive foreign signings is a local lad who, if he wasn’t blessed with such natural talent, would be standing on the terraces with the rest of us.

In Harry’s case, we know that this might not be 100% true but never mind – the song makes it official and he is One of Our Own.

Wembley Way

For many fans, the artists Chas N Dave are as much a part of Tottenham folklore as any player. They’ve certainly left an indelible mark at the club and, while they’ve composed many a Spurs-themed song, only one really remains.

Ossie’s Dream was released ahead of the 1981 FA Cup Final against Manchester City and was based around the dream of Ossie Ardiles to play at the great Wembley Stadium. Nearly 40 years on, the lines that chiefly remain are.

Spurs are on their way to Wembley
Tottenham’s Gonna do it again
They can’t stop them
The Boys from Tottenham
The Boys from White Hart Lane

The fact that we still sing this in domestic cup competitions is a testament to how much Chas N Dave were loved by the fans of that era. Let’s face it – we’re all sick of the sight of Wembley right now, having overstayed our welcome, but a return for domestic cup finals in the future would be a happy occasion. If and when that happens, we can be certain that this song will accompany us all the way.

We’ve mentioned a few favourites – old and new – but there are literally hundreds more. ‘We are Tottenham’ is another song that started decades ago and has been carried forward to the modern day. Others, -We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, will only be here fleetingly while the player stays in North London but they are favourites nonetheless.

Songs can make any game and we have plenty to be proud of so sing up and get behind the Spurs next time you’re at the new stadium.

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