'Wenger Out,' 'Come on Feel Moyes' and the Loudest Chants on EPL Opening Day
Manchester United ended the first day of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign in the same position they finished last season: top of the pile after a solid 4-1 victory over Swansea.
One of the best aspects of the match at a drizzly Liberty Stadium—aside from Robin van Persie's superb second goal, Wilfried Bony's impressive debut and Wayne Rooney being forced to sit on a seat advertising a hair loss drug—was the chant travelling Manchester aimed at new manager David Moyes.
For much of the game, folks in the stadium and viewers at home were treated to a rousing chorus set to the tune of Slade's grammatically challenged "Cum on Feel the Noize":
Come on feel the Moyes!
Play like Fergie's Boys!
We'll go Wild! Wild! Wild!
We'll go Wild! Wild! Wild!
Everton supporters had nearly 11 seasons to come up with something as good as that. Shame on them.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the tune, which was actually debuted in the final game of last season:
Are our fans actually singing COME ON FEEL THE MOYES ? Lol :) Get behind the new manger early on! #Class— Becks (@aplacetohide) May 19, 2013
I've said it before but a crowd of men singing 'Cum on David Moyes' is frightening for various reasons. I wouldn't like to be at that party.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 17, 2013
I am judging Everton fans so hard for not thinking of doing "Come On Feel the Moyes" before now.— Aaron Campeau (@AaronCampeau) August 17, 2013
Swansea fans responded to their noisy visitors with a chant of "We support our local team," perpetuating the idea that most Red Devils fans don't live anywhere near Manchester. Edgy stuff.
Earlier in the day at the Emirates, meanwhile, fans weren't quite as supportive of their manager. As an Arsenal side with no new faces was exposed and torn apart by lively visitors Aston Villa, home supporters who had just witnessed a demoralising 3-1 defeat exited the stadium with a rather hostile refrain...
Arsenal fans chant "Spend some f***ing money".— TransferScoop (@TransferScoop) August 17, 2013
Gunners fan and Guardian columnist Amy Lawrence summed up the feeling of her North London comrades with the opening line of her match report: "If you are not prepared to pay the price, there is a price to be paid."
Throughout the game, frustrated chants of "Wenger Out" could be heard in the stadium, while a #WengerOut trend spread across Twitter...
Highest paid manager, highest ticket prices - no signings, no hope. Enough. #WENGEROUT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 17, 2013
17/08/13 Arsenal fans chant "where is the money" sat behind a banner that reads "you can't buy class"— Josh Connolly (@Joshmcfc) August 17, 2013
The funniest thing about the Wenger Out shouts is that most of the ones saying it wouldn't even be Arsenal fans if it wasn't for Wenger.— Dave Hendrick (@DaveHendrickTLW) August 17, 2013
Wenger may have never seen a bad challenge from one of his players, but he almost certainly heard the unhappy fans as he apologised to them in a post-match interview...
At Carrow Road, Norwich earned a point due to a 71st-minute equaliser from club record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel. To show their appreciation for the 24-year-old Dutchman, Norwich fans resisted the urge to channel their inner Simon Le Bon and broke out into a chant of "Feed the wolf and he will score"...
And all you can hear around Carrow Road now is On The Ball City - oh, and 'Feed the Wolf and he will score'!— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 17, 2013
Norwich fans' new chant of "Feed the Wolf and he will score" is excellent.— Aidan Reynolds (@aidanreynolds) August 17, 2013
Keeping on the lupine theme, Canaries fans also started howling after his superb header. Expect to hear a lot more of that in the coming months.
The hero of the day at Anfield, meanwhile, was debutant goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The Belgian made a superb double penalty save, perhaps knowing that Stoke's Jonathan Walters puts the majority of his spot kicks low and to the goalkeeper's right.
Tragically, the Kop completely missed the opportunity to bust out what might be one of the greatest chants of all time (warning: video contains some NSFW language)...
Which chants did you enjoy the most today? Let us know in the comments!
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