Football anthems have been around ever since ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ was sung by a certain Dolly Bird for West Ham United at the 1923 F.A. Cup final, the very first cup final in fact played at the Wembley Stadium arena in London.
Today, almost major every football club has a song or an anthem attached to it.
Perhaps the most famous football anthem of all is the Liverpool one entitled ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which is almost choir-like in its delivery.
The song was a pop hit for the Liverpool group ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ in 1963 but it was first written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1945 for the musical ‘Carousel’.
One of the more unlikely football anthems is Coventry City’s ‘Play Up Sky Blues, While We Sing Together’ which was dreamed up by their then entrepreneurial manager Jimmy Hill in the 1960s.
The only time the song was heard to a worldwide audience was in 1987 when Coventry City played in and won the F.A. Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur.
‘When the Saints Go marching In’ has been chorused at many football stadiums across the globe and far from its American root home of New Orleans.
It is passionately adopted by the supporters of Southampton Football Club and perhaps oddly by Tottenham Hotspur who opt to subtly change reference of ‘Saints’ to ‘Spurs’, the clubs nickname.
‘Glory Glory Man United’ has, of course, become the adopted anthem of the Red Devils and rings around the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ at each and every home game.
The chorus of ‘Que Sera Sera is regularly sung by supporters of all teams as a note of optimism or confirmation that their team is on the way to a cup final.
Perhaps one of the most nostalgic football anthems is ‘We’re on the March, We’re ………Army’ which became the anthem of the Scottish national football team for their campaign in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
The song has been sung ever since by supporters ina similar way to ‘Que Sera Sera’.
The traditional British song ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ became a rendition especially in the 1970s and 1980s for ‘We hate Nottingham Forest, We hate Everton too’ but as a football supporter, I never understood why those two football clubs were the chosen ones for the first two lines in the football version of the song.
There are many other football anthems, notably ‘Keep right on to the end of the road’ for Birmingham City, ‘Blue is the Colour’ for Chelsea and ‘Blue Moon’ for Manchester City.
Football anthems are certainly a source of great vocality on a matchday and that will never ever change.