The A Cappella Ultras songbook

On Saturday, the West Didsbury & Chorlton Christmas Miracle was sadly cancelled – the first time that the club’s annual event has fallen foul of the weather. Along with all the other festivities, at half time there was a scheduled performance by some of our own: The A Cappella Ultras. Marshalled by choirmaster Rich Stewart and his brother Tommy, they had penned songs that put a West twist on some festive classics. Due to the fixture list being unkind, they won’t have chance to give them an outing at Brookburn Road before December 25th. However, we’re happy to be able to publish them today for personal use – or to be sung on the terraces of one of our remaining away games in 2017. Come on, West!

Jingle Bells

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to see Tom Bailey score today,

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to beat Maine Road on Boxing Day,

 

We’re slipping down the league, but I think we’ll be okay

And even if we’re not, we’ll be a-laughin’ all the way

The alarm bells start to ring, they’re making tensions tight

What fun it is for us to see the West boys win tonight

 

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to see Tom Bailey score today,

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to beat Maine Road on Boxing Day,

 

Now the pitch is wide, so go move the ball along,

Let’s score some goals tonight, And sing this winning song;

Play a one-two now, or use Ben Steer’s speed

Then pass it to an open man and BANG we’ll take the lead.

 

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to see Tom Bailey score today,

Oh jingle bells, Settle’s swell, We all love Matty Kay.

Oh what fun it is to beat Maine Road on Boxing Day,

Oh what fun it is to beat Maine Road on Boxing Day,

 

The Twelve Days of Chorlton

(see the last verse for full list combined!)

 

On the first day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

West Didsbury & Chorlton FC

 

On the second day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Two goalie gloves

and West Didsbury & Chorlton FC

 

On the third day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Three fluid men

Two goalie gloves

On the fourth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Four offensive words

Three fluid men

On the fifth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

FIIIVE SWEEARRRIINNNG JIMS

Four offensive words

On the sixth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Six atheists praying

FIIIVE SWEEARRRIINNNG JIMS

On the seventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Seven Kroms a chilling

Six atheists praying

On the eighth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Eight almonds milking

Seven Kroms a chilling

On the ninth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Nine hippies camping

Eight almonds milking

On the tenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Ten virgins tweeting

Nine hippies camping

On the eleventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Eleven players sliding

Ten virgins tweeting

On the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twelve vegans buzzing

Eleven players sliding

Ten virgins tweeting

Nine hippies camping

Eight almonds milking

Seven Kroms a chilling

Six atheists praying

FIIIVE SWEEARRRIINNNG JIMS

Four offensive words

Three fluid men

Two goalie gloves

and West Didsbury & Chorlton FC

 

Settle Wonderland

Ultras sing, are you listening

At Brookburn Road, beers are glistening

A beautiful sight, we’re singing tonight

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

Gone away are the old words

Here to stay are the new words

We sing a new song, Brockley sings along

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

On the pitch the Ultras play some football

We can really knock the ball around

He’ll say, “Are you signed up?”

We’ll say, “No man”

But we can do a job, won’t let you down

 

Later on, we’ll retire

As we drink by the fire

To win home or away, the games that we play

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

Ultras sing, are you listening

At Brookburn Road, beers are glistening

A beautiful sight, we’re singing tonight

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

Gone away are the old words

Here to stay are the new words

We sing a new song, Brockley sings along

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

On the pitch the Ultras build a snowman

And pretend that we’re not circus clowns

We’ll have lots of fun with Mister Snowman

Until the mini-ultras knock him down

 

Later on, we’ll retire

As we drink by the fire

To win home or away, the games that we play

Walking in a Settle wonderland

Walking in a Settle wonderland

 

Other hits include…

O Little Town of Chorlton

McKay It’s Cold Outside

God West Ye Merry Gentlemen

Jingle Bailey Rock / Bailey It’s Cold Outside

Fairytale of West Didsbury (feat. Kevin McGrath)

Little Saint Nic (Evangelinos)

Rydings Home For Christmas

Tinker-Bell Rock

Mendes Gomes Is Comin To Town

Happy Xmas (Shaw Is Over)

 

Merry Christmas from the A Capella Ultras!

Announcing: 2016/17 Yearbook by Lew Currie (now available for pre-order), launch event

With 2016/17 being a record breaking season both on and off the pitch, West are proud to announce a similarly unique commemoration of our final campaign. In a collaboration between the WDCFC Supporters’ Club and artist Lew Currie, a limited edition 2016/17 season yearbook has been produced. Specially designed and illustrated by Lew – currently finishing an MA Illustration course at MMU – the publication features all of the most important statistics that defined the season – as well as writing from Barca Jim, Peter Jones, Paul Musco, and Matthew Britton, and an exclusive interview with Steve Settle.

“Since Lew got involved with the club last year, he’s been an unbelievable asset. The way fans reacted to his Penfold Pincher strip spoke volumes – within the space of a few weeks he’s created a character that is a part of the club’s folklore. When he came to myself and the club about creating a season yearbook, we immediately said yes – but never dreamed it would be this ambitious. It truly is a thing of beauty – I’m proud to have been involved”, said Supporters’ Club spokesman Matthew Britton.

Comprising 50 pages, the yearbook is being produced in a limited run of 50 and is being sold for £5, with all profits going towards the WDCFC Supporters’ Club fund. The book is available to pre-order from the fan club site at the following link, and will released on August 12th 2017: http://wdcfcfan.club/product/pre-order-west-didsbury-chorlton-201617-season-yearbook-by-lew-currie/

To celebrate the release of the book – and to welcome in a new campaign – we will be holding a launch event at Brookburn Road on the eve of the new season. From 7pm on Friday 11th August (West play our opening league fixture the day after) we will be exhibiting prints of Lew’s Penfold Pincher strip in the changing rooms, as well as selling the yearbook itself, tote bags and other merchandise. There will also be DJ sets throughout the evening, with the bar open to all. See the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/460135797705058

See a few of the pages from the yearbook below:

(from wdcfc.co.uk)

Kay wins Supporters’ Player of the Season

Matty runs away with the vote

In what turned out to be a landslide victory, we’re happy to report that the winner of our annual supporters’ player of the season award was all-action midfielder Matty Kay. Having missed out on the award last year, a string of memorable performances – including goals away at FC United and in both derby games against Maine Road – as well as a year round consistency was enough to give Kay a large proportion of the votes cast. Having lost out to Ash Woods in last season’s poll, Nic Evangelinos once again came second, with fan favourite Richmond Botchey coming third.

Read about the rest of the winners and a full report of the presentation evening on the West website here,

West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporters’ Player of the Season 2016/17 voting now open

A historic season for West is about to come to an end. While the club are looking to finish 2016/17 as strongly as possible on the pitch, the time has come for those of us who watch from the sidelines to make our decision on our Player of the Season. Ash Woods won the award this time last year – please either click the following link or fill out the form below to have your say on who walks away with the trophy this time out.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHvti5C7OSqDzImHJUR4GHrDE5wmPpobCxvohaT1LS7PLiCw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Derby Day ⚪️⚫️

Maine Road vs West

Friday 31st March, 7.45pm k/o
Brantingham Road, M21 0TT

Following a 1-1 draw earlier at Brookburn Road earlier in the season, West make the short trip to Maine Road FC for the second South Manchester Derby of the season. On the pitch, the lads will certainly be giving their all to make sure Stevie Settle’s boys bring home the three points – but they also need your support in the stands to make it happen.
Supporters will be congregating at Oddest Bar (Wilbraham Road, near Chorlton tram stop) from 5.30pm onwards on the evening of the game, and all are encouraged to join. From there, fans will be marching from the bar to the ground at 7pmroughly a 10 minute walk.
At the ground, West fans have been asked to congregate in the sheltered stand by the dugouts, and it would be appreciated if supporters could stand together over the course of the game. Specifically, the club have asked that supporters wear their club colours with pride – scarves, hats and flags have all been encouraged, and there will be some merchandise on sale in the ground for anyone looking to buy on the day.
In addition, while Brantingham Road is usually ‘dry’, Maine Road have indicated that they will be running a can bar throughout the game – though we do not currently have any more details regarding that.
Supporter’s Club spokesperson Peter Jones said:

A derby brings local bragging rights and I, like all West fans, experienced this for the first time last season when Matty Kay entered the history books with his goal in our 1-0 win at Brantingham Road. The following Monday we wore our scarves with pride on the Metrolink, each of us thinking back to the whipped ball into the box and the superb finish into the roof of the net.
Watching that goal back I still expect the ball to flash over the bar as it takes an uneven bounce before reaching Kay, but every time Matty launches it into the goal wheeling away in celebration.  At full time – as the players came and clapped the small army of fans who had made the walk from central Chorlton into deepest Whalley Range  -supporters and players became one in a moment of absolute joy. I want that feeling again. Make us dream West

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your pets – the countdown to kick off is on. See you tomorrow. Come on, West ⚪️ ⚫️
£5 on the gate, £3 concessions, food options available in the ground but those with dietary requirements are advised to eat beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Newsletter issue #1 now available

As part of the Supporter’s Club relaunch, one of the new features we talking about introducing was a regular newsletter – and today, we’re happy to have sent out the first issue. Whether you’re a paid up member of the club, or would just like to have updates sent to your inbox, this is available to one and all. To read the first edition, click the link below – and to have the next one sent to you, fill out the sign up form.

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Supporter’s Club Membership – a thank you

A week ago, we relaunched the West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club, with very few expectations as to what kind of feedback we were to receive or idea of the amount of people that would sign up. Since then, we’ve been blown away by the reception and interest – with the club due to sign up it’s 50th member (you can still join here) and many positive words about the package being offered 9including the excellent design work by Lew Currie)

Personally, I would like to thank all of you who have joined the club – it is the unique support and community atmosphere that makes West the club it is, and your dedication is an enormous part of that. Once again: thank you, and this is only the beginning.

If you chose to have your membership delivered but it hasn’t arrived by the end of this working week (10th March), please get in touch, as all memberships bought up to today (5th March) will be despatched by tomorrow afternoon. Our e-mail address is join@wdcfcfan.club

If you chose to pick up your membership at the next home game, we look forward to you getting your hands on the welcome pack. While we will be able to sell memberships at the home games themselves, it is worth noting that the process is much easier if you buy in advance through the online shop and choose the ‘pick up at ground’ option – as we will then be able to have the welcome pack ready and waiting for you.

Any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to get in touch – again, our e-mail address is join@wdcfcfan.club

Come on, West ⚪️⚫️

Matthew Britton, Supporter’s Club Secretary

Relaunched: the West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club

While many of the issues matters raised in the inaugural West fan survey are going through committee, one thing that was consistently raised was that of the community feel of the club. Specifically, how important that feeling of belonging and unity is to those who come down to Brookburn Road, and how unique the atmosphere is at WDCFC games.

To that end, we’re proud to be building upon those feelings of friendship by today relaunching the West Supporter’s Club – a scheme which should help make those bonds between fans even tighter, making us stronger both off the pitch and on it. Membership usually costs £5 for 12 months – but any purchased before the end of April will be valid until the end of the 2017/18 season, as a thank you for being an early adopter.

You can join the West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club here. You can either pick up your membership pack at the next home game, have it delivered in the UK for £1 or anywhere worldwide for £3.

For that, you get all of the following:

  • Membership until the end of the 2017/18 season (including membership card).
  • Exclusive West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club badge.
  • 2 West Supporter’s Club stickers (designed by Lew Currie).
  • Regular updates via our mailing list.
  • A voice on the committee – issues raised via a fan’s representative to the board.
  • Access to exclusive fan club events.
  • A vote upon how funds raised via the supporter’s club are spent.

Any funds raised (after costs) will be put towards the club, or towards the issues that our members see as important, and we will always aim to be as transparent as possible in both our dealings with the club and in the structure of the supporter’s club itself.

The supporter’s club was originally launched in 2013 by current West club secretary Rob McKay, and we hope that this relaunch will help shape a bright future for West Didsbury & Chorlton. If you have any questions, please get in touch: drop me a line on join@wdcfcfan.club.

Matthew Britton, WDCFC Supporter’s Club Secretary

How to get to Abbey Hey away, Friday 17 February

West return to league action this Friday with a trip to Gorton for a Manchester derby under the lights. Following a few less than ideal results for Chorlton, the game is an opportunity to start a strong end to the season – and the boys need your support. If you’re planning on heading up for the 7.45pm kick off, here’s all you need to know.

Prices

Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Children £1
Programmes £1

Address

The Abbey Stadium, Goredale Avenue, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7HD.
0161 231 7147

By car

If you’re heading from Chorlton, the journey should take around 20 minutes by car, one of the shorter away trips for West.

From the official Abbey Hey site:

M60 to Junction 24, A57 to Manchester City Centre, through two sets of lights, after approximately 300 yards, turn left before overhead railway bridge onto Woodland Avenue, take first right, pass under railway bridge, then turn first left into Goredale Avenue.

If you’re headed from Chorlton, Google Maps suggests a very straightforward route (picture below) that is mainly driving straight down the A6010 from Morrisons into Fallowfield and beyond. See the full thing here: https://goo.gl/maps/sXWQkbtqsdp

In terms of Parking, the official Abbey Hey site has this to say:

Available within the stadium, immediately on entering the ground and also at the Railway End (follow path behind clubhouse). There is also a limited amount of pitch-side spaces on a first come first served basis. Please do not park in the adjoining streets.

By public transport

From Chorlton, should take about 50 minutes door to door – and a lot of that is just getting to Manchester Piccadilly to get the train. There’s a 7.15pm train to New Mills central that will get you to Ryder Brow (the nearest train station) in 7 minutes, then you’ve got a 5/10 minute walk to the ground. See the full Google Maps itinerary here: https://goo.gl/maps/vQroNXB4Q8A2

Other ways of getting there

As suggested by twitter user @StevenOakes, you would also be able to bike there via the Fallowfield loop – but we can’t vouch for the safety of such an approach, sorry. See below for his map.

…and finally: the clubhouse

Once more, from the Abbey Hey site:

the Allan Vaughan Suite, open before, during and after the game, Bar selling range of draught and bottle beers, wines, spirits, hot food, snacks and beverages, tables and chairs, TV, toilets, pitch viewing.

Magnificent. See you there – come on West.