Half Man Half Biscuit at their beloved Prenton Park

To kick off today’s Cutter music special Simon Jones name-checks five of the best songs about football that don’t mention Nobby dancing or being back home…

Half Man Half Biscuit  – All I want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague away kit

This entire list could be made up from Nigel Blackwell’s observations on football. Here he muses on a frustrating childhood game of Subbuteo and introduces a whole new generation to crack Eastern European nearly men Dukla Prague. John Peel loved it.

Thousand Yard Stare – No score after Extra Time

Back in the early nineties all a band needed to succeed was a great pretentious band name and jangly guitars. This song was an indie disco staple which uses every  footballing cliché under the sun as metaphors for a relationship break up.

The Fall – Theme from Sparta FC

Everyone’s favourite Prestwich misanthrope gets to have a dig at Chelsea fans, bobble hats and Galatassaray. We live on blood we are Sparta FC.

Sultans of Ping FC – Kick me with your leather boots

“You said Dostoevsky was the greatest of them all, In my opinion Boniek had better ball control”

Billy Bragg – Boy done good

Bragg and Johnny Marr wrote this song in 1997. Manages to tell the story of boy meets girl whilst taking in every aspect of footballing life.