The My Old Man song of Aston Villa Supporters
‘All the words, to all the songs!’
I remember walking along a Sir Matt Busby Way leading up to Old Trafford stadium for Aston Villa’s game in 2009; when Villa finally beat United (1-0) at Old Trafford for what seemed the first time in centuries. There was a guy with a box of booklets shouting, ‘All the words to all the songs’. He was selling United fan song books.
After a few minutes hanging outside of Old Trafford, in a cue for a hot dog stand you’ll realise why. There were people asking for burgers and hot dogs in all sorts of accents: German, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, French, Italian, the list goes on.
Due to United’s international appeal through the television coverage of the league over the years, the percent of fans that don’t speak English as their first language has increasingly rose over the years. And of course, if you happen to be in the UK on holidays, chances are you want to catch a game of football live.
Cue the new breed of football tourist who come for the ‘live matchday experience’. Well that’s what is printed on those half-and-half scarves, they tend to buy.
Alas, when it comes to getting a sing-a-long going to create an atmosphere in the Theatre of Dreams (so called, maybe because it’s silence makes you think people are asleep), every little bit of help is needed for the ‘tourists’ to join in.
It’s hard to knock United fans, when our own fans are sometimes equally quiet at Villa Park (getting better though). To stem the flow, we’ve published a few songbooks of Villa classics, which you can find links to below. But let’s start with one of the mightiest of Aston Villa songs, ‘My Old Man’, which this site takes its name from. It has been known to go on for 20 minutes when playing the Blues.
Words to the ‘My Old Man’ song
My old man said be a city fan
and i said boll**ks you’re a c*nt,
you’re a c*nt.
We hate the blues and they f*ckin know it,
we hate the blues and were gonna show it.
With Spinksy and Birchy, Alan McInally,
there the boys who’re gonna do us fine.
And if you support the blues then
you’re a blue nose bast**d,
and you ain’t no friend of mine…
ALL TOGETHER NOW! (repeat)
History of the My Old Man Song
The song derives from an old cockney tune ‘Don’t Dilly Dally (My Old Man Said Follow The Van) from the 1940’s that helped Londoners keep their spirits up throughout the Blitz and Battle of Britain during World War II.
Original lyrics of the bit Villa fans took (with cockney pronunciation):
My old man said foller the van, and don’t dilly-dally on the way”.
Off went the van wiv me ‘ome packed in it.
walked be’ind wiv me old cock linnet.
But I dillied and daillied, Dallied and dillied;
Lost me way and don’t know where to roam.
And you can’t trust a “Special” like the old-time copper
When you can’t find your way home.
Check out The Muppets singing the original My Old Man song (it gets familiar at the 36 second mark).
For further origins and a rubbish clean-language version, check out the My Old Man song wikipedia page
The MOMS Villa Songbook Collection
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