It would be fair to say that Newcastle United have not always been the most consistent footballing side, but you’d be hard pressed to find a fanbase that is as numbered and as loud as the Geordie following it welcomes each week to St. James’ Park.
Each week thousands of fans flood into the stadium and sing chant after chant regardless of how the team are fairing.
While some absolute classics such as “Blaydon Races” and “Howay the Lads” have survived the test of time, others have enjoyed short but sweet stints within the hallowed enclaves of St. James’ Park, and have often been dedicated to cult heros.
The best are often the simplest:
- “Peter Lovenkrands, signed him on a free, from Germany, Peter Lovenkrands!”
- “Ketsbaia my Lord, Ketsbaia. Oh Lord Ketsbaia.”
- “There’s only one Bobby Robson, one Bobby Robson!”
The aforementioned Newcastle’s chants don’t include the traditional templates you see recycled by most teams. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the adaptation and translation method has spawned some of our most fabled tunes.
Of course, we can’t forget the recently adopted Rafa Benitez chant which I suspect will proudly go down in the, as of late, relatively sparse history books of Newcastle United.
Let me indulge you…
Rafa Benitez! Rafa Benitez!
Chancel Mbemba, Mo Diame,
Shelvey and Perez!
For all of the awful memories we have of the 15/16 season, hearing that chant ring out around away at Anfield, or during our 5-1 win over Spurs on the last day of the season will certainly survive the test of time.
— The Spectator’s View (@thespectoview) April 24, 2016
Following the announcement this morning that Jamaal Lascelles will be the new club captain, it occurred to me that, as a fanbase, we don’t yet have a chant for the man.
At the tender age of 22, Lascelles is our youngest captain since 1988 (Andy Thorne), and, having been one of the very few shining lights for Newcastle last season, he’s earned the respect of players and fans far and wide. And it seems only fitting that he was awarded the prestigious role this morning.
So, here at The Spectator’s View, led by the Lord of the Chant himself, Alex Keating, we decided it was time we induct Jamaal into the hymn books of the Geordie Faithful.
Jamaal Lascelles is Magic
The first one follows the tune of “Arsene Wenger’s Magic!”, an absolute classic by all accounts, and one which most fans of Premier League football will know. It’s about time someone brought it out in the Championship.
Oh….. Jamaal Lascelles is Magic, he wears a magic hat,
He used to play for Forest, but he said no fuck that,
And now he is a Geordie, he plays in black and white,
And when we win the Championship,
We’ll sing this song all night.
Here are the Chelsea fans singing the song to the tune of Cesc Fabregas’ name.
We’ve got Lascelles!
The second chant will be familiar to all those that he misfortune of following England at the Euros this Summer. Formerly a Tottenham chant, England fans far and wide could be heard blasting out the “We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli” chant throughout the promenades of Paris and Marseille.
Here, it finds far more appropriate use in tribute to Jamaal Lascelles.
We’ve got Lascelles, Jamaal Lascelles,
I just don’t think you understand!
He’s Rafa’s man,
He’s better than Jap Staam,
He hates Sunderland.
Weeeeeeee’ve got… [Repeat]
And of course, one final chant for the new Newcastle United number 9. And no, it’s not “Mitro’s on Fire”; Dwight Gayle has in fact been awarded the reigns following an impressive pre-season. And it would be rude not to adopt this chune from Crystal Palace.
Boom Boom Boom,
Let me hear you say Gayle
Newcastle kick off their season against Fulham tomorrow, and to hear these chants ring out throughout the garden shed that is Craven Cottage, would be fantastic. The game is live on Sky Sports 1, and I’m sure, in the absence of any Premier League football, millions of football fans across the country will be tuning in to watch the first live game of the season in England.
Let’s make our club proud, do our job as fans, and hopefully the players will get the job done on the pitch.
Let us know what you think? If you have any suggestions/alternatives, let us know in the comment section below!