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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 05:38 GMT 06:38 UK
Liverpool lead terrace chant race
Liverpool fans
The winner will pen chants charting the 2004-5 football season
Liverpool football fans have written more terrace chants than any other team in the race to become 'Chant Laureate.'

Competition organisers Barclaycard are searching for a chant that typifies the spirit of the game.

The winner's job will be to compose chants reflecting key events in the football season.

With 1,200 entries so far, Liverpool fans are in the lead with 415 entries; Manchester United are in second place with 122 and Arsenal in third with 121.

So far entries have been inspired by every music genre from rock and roll to nursery rhymes.

The winner will be granted a 10,000 bursary to watch fixtures throughout the 2004-5 football season, ensuring he or she is well-equipped to satirise events on the pitch.

Poetry and football aren't often associated with each other
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion
Entries will be judged by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on 27 April.

Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and Barnsley FC poet-in-residence Ian McMillan are also on the judging panel.

Mr Motion said: "Poetry and football aren't often associated with one another, but these entries have the same sort of rhythmical energy, wit and zest that we find in certain sorts of folk writing."

Budding terrace poets are allowed to set their chants to a new tune or an old favourite.

Lines submitted so far include: "You've got Abramovich, We'll get a brand new pitch."

Meanwhile a tongue-in-cheek Norwich fan penned the moving, "The famous chant contest is here, We wish we'd been to college, We didn't, so we didn't learn, More words to rhyme with Norwich!"

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