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Norwich City A-Z: V is for 'Viva, Marc Libbra' and other classic chants

Marc Libbra celebrates his debut goal for Norwich City in August 2001 Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Marc Libbra celebrates his debut goal for Norwich City in August 2001 Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

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The Norwich City songbook featured some new additions last season, as DAVID FREEZER takes our alternative A-Z series to V, for 'Viva, Marc Libbra'.

Creating witty or at least tuneful chants is something football fans pride themselves on and City supporters have come up with some classics over the years.

Are you able to sing along to the Frankie Valli classic ‘I Love You Baby’ without adding Paul McVeigh’s name to the lyrics? Or how about French striker Marc Libbra when hearing the Elvis Pressley hit ‘Viva Las Vegas’?

Status Quo will always be ‘Moroccan All Over the World’ to a certain vintage of City fans while the ‘12 Days of Christmas will forever be associated with Darren Huckerby as soon as a December away game roll around.

Not all are quite as sharp and plenty mentioning Ipswich are nowhere near family friendly enough for this newspaper.

Youssef Safri was 'Moroccan all over the world' as a City player Photo: Nick ButcherYoussef Safri was 'Moroccan all over the world' as a City player Photo: Nick Butcher

Some were successful for their simplicity, as chants of ‘Iwan, Iwan, Iwan’ reminded us as the volume raised a notch when the gap-toothed Welsh legend came on to the pitch during May’s legends game against Inter.

Another player featuring in that game used to be praised with ‘You’ll never beat the Kenton’ – but skipper-in-waiting Grant Hanley started to take ownership of that tune last season.

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In fact it was a campaign of new chants. ‘All the Germans’ to the tune of Blur’s iconic Parklife track became so popular that the team started running out to the song at Carrow Road.

Paul McVeigh got a lot of love during his Canaries days Picture: Jerry Daws/Archant libraryPaul McVeigh got a lot of love during his Canaries days Picture: Jerry Daws/Archant library

The sound of ‘Whoa-oh, Super Tommy Trybull’ was rarely far away and ‘Zimm, Zimm, Zimmermann’ acknowledged another fan favourite.

Loan keeper Angus Gunn claimed a theme previously reserved for Gary O’Neil, as ‘We’ve got Angus, Angus Gunn, I just don’t think you understand, he’s Norwich number one, the son of Bryan Gunn...’ rang out.

Or how about his dad’s ‘he’s got no hair but we don’t care, Bryan, Bryan Gunn’?

From Russell Martin being dubbed ‘The Norfolk Cafu’, to Simon Lappin becoming ‘The King of Spain’, City fans have excelled themselves in the singing stakes over the years.

It was the sound of KC & The Sunshine Band’s classic ‘Give It Up’ lasting long into the night on Wes Hoolahan’s tearful farewell which reminded many of how important that connection is.

And that’s before we even get on to ‘On The Ball, City’ being the oldest football chant in the world.

With another raft of new faces arriving this summer, it’s time to get those thinking caps on again.

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