Almanackers, what about a theme song?

Citrus Bob Utber has just published a story on the site rebuking the standard and quality of the celebratory singing of footy team theme songs after a match victory. His story can be read HERE.

 

In his article Citrus Bob also issued a challenge to our community  of the need for a Footy Almanac theme song, one that can be sung at  Footy Almanac gatherings, and other celebratory events.

 

So, Almanackers, what can you come up with? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

 

Your suggestions can be placed in the comments section below.

 

I’ll start the ball rolling!

 

We Love You: The Almanac Song
(To the tune “She Loves You” by The Beatles)
Shortened Version

 

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

We love a good old yarn
And a feed to go as well
Our stories bright and bold
On our pages we do tell

 

We’re Al-man-ackers
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, we’re Al-man-ackers
And you know it makes us glad   Ooohhh (or Yeahhh)

 

We’re led by John T Harms
And he knows his craft so well
But it’s lunch he’s thinking of
Plus the books he’s got to sell

 

We’re Al-man-ackers
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, we’re Al-man-ackers
And you know it makes us glad   Ooohhh

 

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With support like that
You know it makes us glad

 

With support like that
You know it makes us glad
With support like that
You know it makes us glad
yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

 

We Love You: The Almanac Song 
(To the tune “She Loves You” by The Beatles)
Full Version

 

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

We love a good old yarn
And a feed to go as well
Our stories bright and bold
On our pages we do tell

 

We’re Al-man-ackers
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, we’re Al-man-ackers
And you know it makes us glad   Ooohhh (or Yeahhh)

 

We’re led by John T Harms
And he knows his craft so well
But it’s lunch he’s thinking of
Plus the books he’s got to sell

 

We’re Al-man-ackers
And you know that can’t be bad
Yes, we’re Al-man-ackers
And you know it makes us glad   Ooohhh

 

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With support like that
You know it makes us glad

 

It’s all because of you
The mighty Almanackers
Makes us what we are
One happy family

 

Because we love you
And you know that can’t be bad
We love you
And Almanackers should be glad  ohhh

 

We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah
With support like that
You know it makes us glad

 

With support like that
You know it makes us glad
With support like that
You know it makes us glad
yeah, yeah, yeah
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

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Comments

  1. Col, I think this might be your effort. Almost game, set and match, I’d say. I thought that something to the tune of ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ might reflect the spirit of the Almanac. I might play around with it and see if anything emerges.

    A good idea from CB.

  2. Coodabeen Champion says

    Give Greg Champion from the Coodabeens this idea for a song and he will come up with something witty. He is the expert.

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Always Look On The Blight Side Of Life ?

  4. “There’s a hack moaning flak “we should give the coach the sack”
    On the pages of Al-ma-nac;
    Where the scoreboards a growin’ and the midfield’s a flowin’
    Beneath the jaundiced eye.

    There’s my mates and my memories a waitin’ for me
    And the champs of my childhood once more I shall see;
    And I’ll read and have fun ‘cos I’ve given up the Hun
    For the pages of Al-ma-nac”

    Video of younger self below singing original lyrics “Road to Gundagai” but my estate will transfer in perpetuity to Malarkey Pty Ltd.
    New version to premiere at North Fitzroy Arms for season opener Tigers v Blues on March 19. Formal attire required.

  5. To the tune of Toreador:

    We are the Knackers
    The greatest mugs of all.
    We are the Knackers
    We’re never on the ball.
    Weeee muddle through
    As best we’re able.
    With stubby holder sitting on the table.
    Our banner flies on high
    But we all remain calm
    Down at the North Fitzroy Arms.

  6. Colin Ritchie says

    The ball’s rolling! Great suggestions gents!

  7. I have come up with a Footy Almanac theme song, to be sung to the tune of “Come On Aussie Come On”.

    The Footy Almanac is a great read.
    John Harms has put this community in the lead.
    Glen likes writing cricket.
    Yoshi’s Saintst will be a big ticket.
    And the articles are even better than they seem.

    Mr Hauser has the womens’ T20 Cup on tap.
    Yvette Wroby has put the AFLW on the map.
    The readers have their fun,
    When the novelty teams have begun,
    And we can’t enough of the Almanac.

    Come On Almanackers Come On Come On
    Come On Almanackers Come On!

  8. Earl O'Neill says

    Please allow us to introduce ourselves
    We are folk of literary taste
    Been around for a many a year
    Seen moments of sporting grace

    Gonna need more time for the rest, keep running into legal issues.

  9. Yvette Wroby says

    Sorry Dusty Springfield and writers: All I want to be with you

    I don’t know what it is that makes me love you so
    I only know I never want to let you go
    ‘Cause you started something, can’t you see
    That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me
    I happens to be true, I only want to write for you

    It doesn’t matter where we go or what sport it is
    I want to read every post of the day with you
    Look what has happened with just one comment
    I never knew that I could be in love like this
    It’s crazy but it’s true, I only want to write with you

    You stopped and published me
    Asked me if I’d care to write some more
    I fell into your open site
    I didn’t stand a chance

    Now, listen, honey, I just want to be published every week
    As long as we’re together, honey, I don’t care
    ‘Cause JTH started something, can’t you see
    That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me
    No matter what you do, I only want publish with you

    You stopped and smiled at me
    Asked me if I’d care to post
    I fell into your open arms
    I didn’t stand a chance

    Now hear me darling, I just want to be beside you everywhere
    As long as we’re together, honey, I don’t care
    ‘Cause you started something, can’t you see
    That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me
    No matter what you do, I only want to be published with you
    I said, no matter, no matter what you do, I only want to be writing with you

  10. Yvette Wroby says

    Love your work guys. Graham…that’s great

  11. I have 2 Almanacker theme songs, the first one is to the tune of New York, New York and the second one is to the tune of My Way, both by Frank Sinatra.

    The first one is:

    Start spreading the sporting news
    I’m reading it today
    I want to see all of it
    Almanac, Almanac

    Cricket, football and tennis
    And the Olympic Games
    Write from the heart of it
    In the Footy Almanac

    Those Old Navy Blues
    Have lost their premiership ways
    Can the Saints make a brand new start of it
    In The Footy Almanac

    And you bet Almanackers
    If you can write well and fair
    You know, you’re gonna write well anywhere
    It’s up to you
    Almanac, Almanac, Almanac!

    The second one is:

    And now the AFL season is near
    We need to know which teams are hurtin’
    Gold Coast, We’ll say it clear
    No finals, of which we’re certain
    Almanackers have a sporting life that’s full
    We’ve travelled to games home and away
    But more, much more than this
    We’ve written it our way!

    For Almanackers, what have we got?
    If not writers, then we have naught
    To write the things we truly feel
    And that’s the words of one who’s real
    The record shows, nearly anything goes
    And wrote it our way!

  12. Yvette Wroby says

    LARRY YOU HAVE NAILED IT

  13. Citrus Bob says

    What have I started!
    Yes Larry there is a Santa Claus and as.St.Yvette said “You have nailed it.” Mind you I am. A FS fan and ” I did it my way” is my theme song.
    I start rehearsals tomorrow.

  14. citrus bob says

    Larry as a Frank Sinatra fan and as St.Yvette says ‘LARRY YOU HAVE NAILED IT!”
    My own theme song for years has been “I did it My Way”
    As the conductor together with Bomber Ritchie I will commence rehearsals tomorrow with a view for a first showing out of town possible North Fitzroy in the near future.
    Citrus

  15. Quite like your Dios!

    If there’s a song that would suggest a game?

    And a guernsey or two.

    Design and colours?

    Great contributions all!

  16. Earl O'Neill says

    There’s a few lines and rhymes that could be better, compare it to the ‘Get yr ya yas out’ rendition

    Please allow us to introduce ourselves
    We are folk of literary taste
    Been around for many a year
    Seen moments of sporting grace
    We were around when full forwards
    Kicked a dozen goals a game
    Made damn sure that Oatley
    Backed away, saved Footscray

    Pleased to meet you, Footy Almanac’s the name
    Football, tennis, cricket, golf, we love all the games

    We stuck around the MCG
    When our team was going down in flames
    Wrote lengthy screeds of criticism
    The club president screamed in vain
    We cheered a catch at an Ashes match
    Saw the batters score, after a rough patch

    Pleased to meet you, Footy Almanac’s the name
    Football, tennis, cricket, golf, we love all the games

    We watched with glee while our favourite teams
    Fought for a dozen years, gods they became
    We shouted jokes at the opposition
    But we all knew, could have been you and me
    Let us please introduce ourselves
    We are folk of literary taste
    And we write words about contests
    From Tokyo to Bombay

    Get down

    Just as every backman’s a forward
    And all the bowlers bat
    Heads or tails, we are Almanackers
    We read, we write, we chat
    And when we meet up, we are courteous
    We have sympathy, we have taste
    We all of us know politesse
    In our souls, it’s on our face

    Pleased to meet you, Footy Almanac’s the name
    Football, tennis, cricket, golf, we love all the games

    Woo!

  17. Great songs have been created, and I want Graham’s one to be chosen as he honours individuals including myself.

    Thanks Graham for the wonderful work that make me smile.

  18. citrus bob says

    Now, now Yoshi. Remember it is all about TEAM!

  19. To the tune of I still call Australia home:

    We’ve read sports in newspapers in most suburbs and towns
    From Geelong to St Kilda and even Carrum Downs
    But no matter how far or how wide we roam
    The Footy Almanac still makes us feel at home

    Our team often travels away from the MCG
    To venues interstate, if not a game overseas
    We write from the heart be it in Sydney, China or Rome
    ‘Cos The Footy Almanac makes us feel at home

    Someday our team will win a flag once more
    Then the Almanackers will report on our game for sure
    We realise something we’ve always known
    The Footy Almanac still makes us feel at home

    But no matter how far or how wide we roam
    We still call The Almanac
    We still call The Almanac
    We still call The Almanac our second home

    But no matter how far or wide we roam
    We still call The Almanac
    We still call The Almanac
    We still call The Almanac our second home

  20. This Almanacker theme song is to the tune of “Up there Cazaly”:

    Well we write sports articles as a hobby
    And on any given day comes the time
    We go to a sport that turns us on
    So that we can relax and unwind
    Almanackers, we like writing
    About many sports that are around
    When you line all the sportswriters up together
    The Almanackers win hands down

    Up there Almanackers
    Glen will write
    About football, cricket and The Olympics
    And Luke Steggemann reviews a boxing fight
    Up there Almanackers
    Yoshi’s a revelation
    Yvette Wroby could be one of the Saints Angels
    Her Saints are out there to win

    Up there Almanackers
    Liam Hauser will write
    About the womens’ T20 Cup
    And how the Aussies will fight
    Up there Almanackers
    Show John Harms how well you write
    Report as best you can
    The readers are far and wide

    The reader’s on your side!

  21. citrus bob says

    I am in awe of you all.
    JTH – just another book eh?

  22. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Richmond theme song inspired by the spiritus mundi.

    Oh, we’re the Almanac
    A fading fury,
    we’re the Almanac.

    For any reason you will
    see us have a whinge
    while drinking port and gin

    But we don’t fight,
    we write and write
    and give our thoughts
    a spin

    Oh, we’re the Almanac,
    when we seem weakened,
    we give the young ones a go !

    Unlike writers of old,
    we’ve broken the mould,
    for we’re the Alma…

    Green, White and Black !

    Oh, were the Almanac.

  23. Liam Hauser says

    Plenty of creativity in this thread! Special mention goes to Graham and Stephen for including me in their songs, although I’m not sure why Graham refers to me as Mr Hauser, rather than Liam Hauser. Moreover, it’s good to see so much interest in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

  24. This theme song is to be sung to the tune of the Fitzroy Football Club Song.

    We are the guys from The Footy Almanac
    We write sports articles just for you
    Great readers’ comments are our victory
    And we cover sports through and through

    Write from the heart is our war cry
    With any sports topic, we’ll always try
    Footy Almanac, Footy Almanac
    The community we hold this dear
    At the North Fitzroy Arms this year!

  25. citrus bob says

    Kate Birrell – re you suggesting a jumper for The Knackers?
    Roy – from a historical point of view and the spiritual (in more ways than one) home of the Knackers.
    Who would want to be on the judging panel ?- Andrew D for one he has an ear for a great performer eg.MeatLoaf

  26. Bob – I am

  27. This Almanacker theme song is to the tune of Piano Man, by Billy Joel.

    It’s 11 at night on a Saturday
    My Footy team’s just had a win
    There’s an Almanacker sitting next to me
    At the Fitzroy Arms with his Tonic and Gin

    I say “Please can you write me a Footy article
    And praise my team with everything you know
    It was a great team we beat and the performance was complete
    And the players put on a great show”

    La la la di da da
    La la Di da da dum

    Write from the heart, we’re Almanackers
    Write us an article any night
    Well we’re all in the mood for a good read
    And we really know how to write

    Now John Harms makes The Footy Almanac so fine
    He encourages us to write so free
    Yoshi’s Saints are quick, no joke, giving St Kilda hope
    A second St Kilda flag is what he wants to see
    Liam Hauser says “The Aussie girls just won the T20 Cup”
    As the smile ran away from his face
    “Well I’m sure the boys can do the same
    With Starc and Cummins’ extra pace”

    Oh la la la di da da
    La la di da da dum

    Now Yvette Wroby is an Author and Artist
    Who loves St Kilda and AFLW in her life
    And I’m writing to Glen, whose novelty teams number ten
    If it’s not, then I will be in strife!

    Write from the heart, we’re Almanackers
    Write us an article any night
    Well we’re all in the mood for a good read
    And we really know how to write

  28. This is to the tune of Hey Jude:

    Hey Knackers, don’t feel so sad
    If your article sounds more like a letter
    Remember to write from the heart
    Then you can start to make it better

    Hey Knackers, you went let us down
    You are writers and not jet setters
    Remember to write from the heart
    Then you’ll begin to make it better

    So this community is out to win
    Hey Knackers begin
    You’re waiting for comments to write back to
    And you know that it’s so true
    Hey Knackers, you”like do
    The improvement you need is to be a bit bolder
    Na-na-na, na,na
    Na-na-na, na

    Hey Knackers, don’t feel so sad
    Take a bad article and make it better
    Remember to never give in
    Then you’ll begin to make it better
    Better better better better better, ah!

    Na, na, na, na na ( yeah! Yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
    Na-na-na, na Knackers
    Na, na, na na-na-na na
    Na-na-na na, Knackers
    Na, na, na, na-na-na, na
    Na-na-na na, Knackers
    Na na na, na-na-na na
    Na-na-na na, Knackers (Knack, Knack, Knacky, Knacky, Knacky, Knacky, ow wow!)

  29. Earl O'Neill says

    Kate, an Almanac jumper is a great idea. May I suggest green, being the only colour not worn by an ‘AFL’ team, and a proper V, from the shoulders.
    Come to think of it, the old woollen South Melbourne guernsey is a good template.

  30. citrus bob says

    yes = KB there must be a green in there somewhere if not the predominant colour. Not many “Green Teams” around.Paul Daffy will know them all Here are just a couple – Imperials (mildura), Garfield, Tooradin, Gembrook, Leongatha.
    No big V as we are cosmopolitan.

  31. Mel Bourne says

    This is to the tune of the Melbourne Football Club song.

    We’re Grand Old Almanackers
    We’re from The Footy Almanac
    We write sports articles just for you
    We’re a community of the sports we love
    From football, cricket and tennis too
    Write from the heart beats true
    From the Almanackers to you
    And we like great comments too
    Should you want to see the lot
    Keep reading an article or two!

  32. Hawthorn football club theme song tune:

    We’re a happy team at The Footy Almanac
    We’ the mighty writing Knacks
    We love our community and we let our readers in
    Writing their comments with a grin (at The Almanac)
    Come what may you’ll find us writing
    About most sports with the facts
    Write from the heart and have some fun
    Is the way we are at The Almanac
    We are the mighty writing Knacks

  33. Just look at the Western United FC jumper.
    Green and black.
    It looks brilliant.

  34. Kate Birrell says

    Hi Earl, Smokie and Bob

    Exactly what I had been thinking; green base ; green with a bite and a zest to it! Black a definite in design and or shape; a sash would be in keeping with early traditions. And an accent possibly using the Almanac footy/logo on the right upper crest (sitting on green not black).

    Only other potential colour that could be incorporated would be a suggestion of the Australian blue sky.

    Always wondered why green hasn’t been adopted by a team.. is it the clash?

  35. This is to the tune of the Essendon Football Club Song.

    See the Almanackers celebrate up,up!
    At the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel,
    Our guys who are in the writing game,
    Are always looking for a good article to their name!

    See the Almanackers celebrate up, up,
    Write from the heart holds no fear,
    We all try our best,
    And we like a beer,
    As the Almanackers celebrate up!

  36. Hi Don (and the many other nom de plumes you have been using)

    We are intrigued by your many suggestions and would love to talk to you about some Almanac stuff. Please email us at [email protected] and let us know how we can contact you.

    Regards
    JTH

  37. Earl O'Neill says

    Hi Kate
    Sherwood green? Thinking of the old woollen sleeveless guernseys, green with a black collar and black neck and armhole trim would look great. My old South jumper was one of a limited run a mate had manufactured in ’97.
    I’d buy one. #39, thanks.

  38. To be sung to the Swans song:

    Cheer cheer, the Almanac site,
    Honour the name by day and by night.
    Lift that noble masthead high,
    Revel in the stories, delight in the style.
    Whether the odds be great or be small,
    Writing from the heart will always stand tall.
    So, let us sing proudly, loud and clear,
    Almanac, Almanac, Cheer Cheer Cheer!

  39. Luke Reynolds says

    Loving these song suggestions.

    An Almanac guernsey is a wonderful idea! Green is fantastic on a footy jumper, I know of a beautiful design featuring green sadly no longer in use-

    https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/old-woollen-footy-jumpers-south-purrumbete-fc/

  40. Daryl Schramm says

    Best suggestions so far in order of entry IMHO are;
    Coodabeen Champion
    Larry (2nd one)
    Earl
    Plenty of green running around in the Adelaide Metro League Luke.
    Cheers all in these very interesting times.

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