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Poll: Are New York’s song sheets the cringiest thing in football?

| 05.05.2015

Social media was awash this morning of a document handed out to supporters ahead of New York City’s game against Seattle Sounders, and it’s easy to see why.

It wasn’t a programme, or even complimentary raffle tickets that Big Apple fans were given, but a song-sheet to help them get behind their side.

Whether it was “Oh City Said I” or the catchily named “Come on New York Score a Goal”, fans at the Yankee Stadium would never forget the words.

So today, with this in mind, we are asking you what is the most cringeworthy thing in modern football?

Here are the candidates…

Song sheets

The MLS side’s effort wasn’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last to get attendees using their voices (we’re looking at you Reading), in an attempt to manipulate an atmosphere.

Purists will argue that if you don’t know the words, then you’re not a ‘real fan’, while the club argue it is all a bit of fun.

A good initiative or a step towards ‘plasticdom’? You decide…


Half and half scarves

Long gone are the days where you would go to a match, and anyone would know which side you were rooting for by the scarf you were wearing.

Arguably there to suit the tourists flocking to see the beautiful game, many see no place in football for this particular fashion accessory.

156900135 (1) Goal music

Sometimes the thrill of seeing your side score, potentially winning the cup, or staving off relegation isn’t enough to get excited about.

It’s a good job then, that many grounds play tedious tunes after goals to bounce up and down in unison while singing from those song sheets.

Mexican waves

The grand-master of annoying football habits.

The Mexican wave may not be as common in the Premier League, but take a seat at an England friendly and that surge of standing is sure to sweep by.

However, while it may be Three Lions matches that see this act at its most lively, we tip our virtual caps to the England fans away at Italy back in April.

Interactive squad announcements

You know the ones we mean. The ones where the stadium announcer calls out the first name of a player, only for the fans to call back his surname.

This may work in the boisterous atmospheres of the Bundesliga, but can it be pulled off on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke? We think not.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.