Last on MOTD: Knowing me, knowing you, Saha

LOUIS Saha’s got a sense of occasion, but no sense of timing. Yes, he scored his first Everton goal against one of his former clubs. But, sadly, he didn’t score it in injury time.

Last night’s final match: Everton 1 Fulham 0
Commentator: Steve Wilson

When he joined Everton in the summer, Saha publicly called on his new club not to pay him until he was fit to play, as he was still recovering from a knee problem. Chairman Bill Kenwright and manager David Moyes decided not to take him up on the offer.

Saha was so injury-prone during his time at Old Trafford that Manchester United fans nicknamed him ‘Balsa Man’ and ‘Mr Glass’. But he wasn’t always this way.

Don’t forget that Sir Alex Ferguson spent the best part of two years trying to come up with a way to get Saha to come to United from Fulham. During his time in West London, Saha developed a reputation as one of the brightest strikers in the Premier League. And there was a chant which paid tribute to his goalscoring prowess. At least, I thought there was at the time.

ITV’s On The Ball did a feature on Saha during one of his prolific goalscoring phases at Fulham. If I’ve recalled it correctly, a large part of the item consisted of Gabby Logan interviewing Saha in some impossibly glamorous cafe on the banks of the Thames, intercut with shots of him strolling around near his apartment with his impossibly glamorous girlfriend.

(If I’ve remembered it incorrectly, then the item contained all of the above features, but with Gabriel Clarke doing the interview instead of Logan, and adding a moody voiceover. It’s a worrying sign if I’m getting those two mixed up.)

The remaining part of the feature was filled out with a vox pop of various Fulham fans saying things like: “Louis Saha’s great. He’s scored loads of goals. What else can you say?” (I can’t imagine Gabby doing a vox pop, though. Perhaps it was Dave Beckett who did the interview? This is really going to bug me now. It wasn’t Jim Rosenthal; I’m certain of that.)

The fan segment also featured a group of supporters chanting, in an Alan Partridge style: “Knowing me, knowing you – Saha!”

At the time, I thought: Oh, that’s quite clever. But I’ve never heard that chant since. As far as I’m aware, Manchester United’s fans never took it up, and I don’t think it has been heard at Goodison Park either.

Given that chants do tend to follow players around, I’m slightly curious about this. Was the Knowing Me, Knowing You chant genuine? Did Fulham fans really used to sing it when Saha banged in another goal? Or did a producer at ITV Sport make it up for the purposes of that feature all those years ago?

Someone out there must know.

Gubbometer

1. Blackburn: 4
2. Wigan: 3 (Capello difference: +2)
3. Middlesbrough: 3 (Capello difference: +1)
4. West Brom: 3
5. Capello: 2
6=. Bolton: 2
6=. Fulham: 2
8. West Ham: 1 (Capello difference: +1)
9=. Everton: 1
9=. Hull: 1
9=. Sunderland: 1
9=. Newcastle: 1
13=. Gubba: 0
13=. Arsenal: 0
13=. Aston Villa: 0
13=. Chelsea: 0
13=. Liverpool: 0
13=. Manchester City: 0
13=. Manchester United: 0
13=. Portsmouth: 0
13=. Stoke: 0
13=. Tottenham: 0

(NB: Teams level on points will be separated by Gubba difference: the number of times a team is last on Match of the Day with Tony Gubba commentating. If they are still level, they will be separated by Capello difference: the number of times a team is last on MOTD with Fabio Capello present.)

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4 Responses to Last on MOTD: Knowing me, knowing you, Saha

  1. Chopper says:

    A bit late for me to reply but I was racking my brains trying to work out exactly what we DID sing. I’m fairly sure we didn’t sing “Knowing Me, Knowing You, Saha” very often though someone on TiFF (the Fulham Independant message board) suggested it continued “There is nothing he can’t do”. Think it suffered from needing the ability to actually hold a tune so we resorted to just singing his name intersperced by a few Na Na Na Naa’s.

  2. mikewhalley says:

    In fairness, ABBA’s back catalogue doesn’t really lend itself to football chants – possibly because you’d have to drop all their songs by an octave to fit the male voices in the average crowd.

    In fact, I can’t recall any song originally performed by a woman/women being turned into a chant.

    For that reason alone, I think we can rule out Mariah Carey ever leading the chants at an English football ground.

  3. Chopper says:

    Arr – That’s where you’d be (slightly) wrong. During Fulham’s “miserable” years of the late 80’s we used to regulalrly sing “Without You” the Harry Nilsoon song that had been recently made popular again my Ms Carey. It was at the same time dreadful and brilliant, so many of us failing to quite hit the right notes as we sang “We cahn’t live, if living is without youuu!”. Still it seemed pretty poigniant at the time.

  4. mikewhalley says:

    Fair enough. Could this mean that Mariah Carey has been a Fulham fan on the sly for all these years? I think we should be told…

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