A New “Chants Laureate” For Football

Football chants are a staple of any game. But art they art? Apparently so. Next year a sponsor has put up money for a £10,000-a-year “chants laureate” to be chosen from stadium crowds. “His or her role will be to rove round matches and ‘compose chants observing key moments within the season’. The search to recruit the new bard is to be led by five judges headed by the poet laureate Andrew Motion, who is paid a mere £5,000 in his 335-year-old post for composing verses for the royal family.”