Glory Glory (football chant)

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"Glory Glory" is a terrace chant sung in association football in the United Kingdom. Using the tune to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", with the chorus "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah", the chant replaces "Hallelujah" with the name of the favoured team. The chant's popularity has caused several clubs to release their version as an official team song.

History[edit]

Hibernian were the first team to popularise the song with the release of a record by Hector Nicol in the 1950s ("Glory Glory to the Hibees").[citation needed] The same underlying tune was used in "Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur", which can be traced back to 1960.[1] Tottenham's version was recorded as the B-side for the 1981 FA Cup single, "Ossie's Dream".[2]

Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

"Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur" was a song that became synonymous with Spurs in the 1960s. Of all the clubs that have ever used a "Glory Glory"-based chant, Tottenham has used it more widely than other clubs. Originally an American Civil War marching song, it has been taken on as a football terrace chant. The song can be heard during any match at White Hart Lane, and even at Spurs away matches that a large number of Tottenham supporters are attending.

Glory, Glory, Leeds United[edit]

"Glory Glory, Leeds United"
Single by Ronnie Hilton and The Leeds United AFC
A-side Glory Glory Leeds United
B-side We Shall Not Be Moved
Released 1968
Format 7" Single
Genre Singalong, Football
Length 2:43
Label Columbia DB8506
Writer(s) Trad Arr. Ronnie Hilton

"Glory Glory Leeds United" was released as a single (Columbia DB8506)[3] by Ronnie Hilton in 1968 to celebrate Leeds's recent League Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup successes, which are referenced in the lyrics. The song's lyrics also reference former player, Billy Bremner and Don Revie. The lyrics also mention Mike Summerbee and George Best in the opening. In the absence of any official release by the team, the song became the unofficial Leeds 1970 FA Cup Final song.

Glory Glory Man United[edit]

"Glory Glory Man United"
Single by Manchester United
Released 1983
Format 7" Single
Recorded 1983, At Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Genre Pop, Football
Length 2:53
Label EMI 5390
Writer(s) Frank Renshaw
Producer(s) Peter Tattersall
Manchester United singles chronology
"Manchester United"
(1976)
"Glory Glory Man United"
(1983)
"We All Follow Man United"
(1985)

"Glory Glory Man United" was a 1983 single released by the Manchester United F.C. squad prior to the 1983 FA Cup Final. It was written by Frank Renshaw, who was a member of Herman's Hermits in the 1970s and 1980s. It was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with the Football Team and some of Renshaw's friends – Renshaw's son Lee also sang on the recording.[4]

Manchester United fans have been singing this song since the early 1980s.[5] In the 1990s it became popular among opposition supporters to manipulate the words of the song when playing Manchester United to "Who the Fuck are Man United?", which Man United supporters sarcastically sung themselves after scoring, or while winning, against a rival team.

Glory Glory Man United was also the name of the official club poster magazine, launched in 1994 and published every four weeks, totalling 13 issues a year.[6] In 2007 its average reader age was 13 years 2 months.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tottenham Chants". India Spurs. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "OSsie's Dream entry on ChartStats.com". 
  3. ^ Record details: "Glory, Glory, Leeds United" - Trad. Arr. Ronnie Hilton Retrieved 26 November 2011
  4. ^ "Frank Renshaw". Discogs. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Wighton, Kate. "Historical tunes behind footie’s terrace chants". The Sun. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Glory Glory Man Utd". Hidden Titles. Future Publishing. Retrieved 27 August 2007.