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That Old Black Magic

by | 23rd, April 2004

‘SOME words need no translation. Their meaning is as clear as day.

Ron will be backed by The Three Degrees Cunningham, Regis and Baston

But still the Guardian takes an entire page to add context to the phraseology of Ron Atkinson, the erstwhile football pundit, who until very recently wrote for its pages.

Ron’s comment on Chelsea football club’s black player Marcel Desailly – “He is what is known in some schools as a fucking lazy, thick nigger” – may have been taken out of context.

What the context they should have been made in is unclear. Perhaps Ron should have made his comments in a football match in the Seventies or in Richard Desmond’s Germany and not on a live TV broadcast.

Ron’s thoughts might even be better suited to song. But if Ron is to be the new Chant Laureate, he’ll have to see off some stiff competition.

The Times casts an eye over some of the entries to date in the hunt for the person to tour the Premiership stadiums composing chants for fan on a £10,000 annual allowance.

Thirty chants have made it onto Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s shortlist. And for your delectation, here are a few.

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