The My Old Man Song of Aston Villa Supporters

‘All the words, to all the songs!’

Walking along Sir Matt Busby Way leading up to Old Trafford stadium for Aston Villa’s game there in 2009 (when Villa finally beat United for the first time in ages), 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 standing in a hot dog stand queue, outside of Old Trafford, 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 Premier 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.

But, if you really want to get involved and ditch your ‘plastic’ status, you’ll want to get involved in the singing and chanting.

It’s hard to knock United fans, when our own fans are sometimes equally quiet in some areas of 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.

Let’s start with one of the mightiest of Aston Villa songs, the My Old Man song, 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…


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

Click the following links for more Aston Villa Songs:

Volume 1: The Classics

Volume 2: The Away Classics

Volume 3: The Player Classics


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