Yeah, I know, I know. It’s Christmas Day and I’m supposed to be unwrapping the turkey and carving the presents or whatever. I’ll return to all that shortly, but first I need to take a few moments to update you on some exciting news regarding the West Bromwich Albion Twelve Days of Christmas, which I first reported on yesterday.
It’s probably imprinted on your brain by now, but if not, here’s a quick reminder:
Twelve Smethwick drummers, eleven Brunt Corners,
Ben Foster leaping, nine McAuley headers,
eight Olsson tackles, seven Yacob passes,
six Ridgewell throw-ins, five Shane Long goals,
four Morgan crosses, three more points,
two Boaz gloves …and a throstle in the hawthorn tree.
If you’re going to either of Albion’s away games in London over the holiday period, you could even try to get the song going as a terrace chant. It at least has more variety than Manchester United’s “Five Cantonas… Four Cantonas, Three Cantonas, Two Cantonas… and an Eric Cantona”.
Anyway, the Baggies’ “Twelve Days…” has been so successful that, I kid you not, there is now a “making of” video to go with it. It’s full of outtakes, bloopers and all-round high jinks, and I’m not embarrassed to say that I absolutely love it.
Regrettably, I must also report a sinister twist to proceedings. In a shameful attempt to cash in on the success of the original, a rogue “12 days of an Albion Christmas” has been produced. This is of inferior quality and should be avoided at all costs. The counterfeit version has been produced by a gang calling themselves “Brighton & Hove Albion”, also known as “The Seagulls”. Their video list consists not of wholesome football items such as passes and tackles, but of books, DVDs and replica shirts. In other words, it is merely a cheap trick to shift merchandise. Do not be fooled, footy fans, for West Bromwich Albion are the original Albion and the best.
Have a Happy Christmas.