Glory Glory (football chant)

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"Glory Glory" is a terrace chant sung in association football in the United Kingdom. It uses the tune of the American Civil War song "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.


Hibernian were the first known team to appropriate the tune as a football chant, 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 salahiano", which can be traced back to 1960s.[1] Tottenham's version was recorded as the B-side for the 1981 FA Cup single, "Ossie's Dream".[2] The song was also released as a single by Leeds United and Manchester United.

Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

"Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur" was a song that became synonymous with Spurs in the 1960s and is still an anthem for the club today. The song can be heard during any Tottenham home match as well as at away matches that a large number of the club's supporters attend. The use of the tune by Tottenham Hotspur began in September 1961 during the 1961–62 European Cup in the home match against the Polish side Górnik Zabrze. The Polish press had previously described the Spurs team as "no angels" due to their rough tackling during the away match. In the return leg at White Hart Lane, some fans then dressed themselves in angel costumes at the match holding placards with slogans such as 'Glory be to shining White Hart Lane' and 'Rejoice! This is the night of vengeance'. The crowded started singing the refrain "Glory Glory Hallelujah" when Spurs beat the Poles 8–1, and in so doing starting the tradition at Tottenham.[3]

For the 1981 Cup final, the Tottenham Hotspur squad together with Chas & Dave recorded the song and released it as the B side to the single "Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley)".[4]

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
Songwriter(s) Trad Arr. Ronnie Hilton

"Glory Glory Leeds United" was released as a single (Columbia DB8506)[5] 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
Songwriter(s) Frank Renshaw
Producer(s) Peter Tattersall
Manchester United singles chronology
"Manchester United"
"Glory Glory Man United"
"We All Follow Man United"
"Manchester United"
"Glory Glory Man United"
"We All Follow Man United"

"Glory Glory Man United" was a single released by the Manchester United 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.[6]

Manchester United fans have been singing this song since the early 1980s.[7] 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.[8] In 2007 its average reader age was 13 years 2 months.[8]

In 2007 A full length version of Glory Glory Man United was written in the style the battle hymn of the republic. The song recorded by "The World Red Army" and produced by Will Robinson and Michael Graves became the[9] official song at Old Trafford.

Glory Glory to South Sydney[edit]

In Australia "Glory Glory to South Sydney" is used by the South Sydney Rabbitohs an Australian rugby league Club – "Glory Glory to South Sydney". The song mentions all the teams in the competition when the song was written, and says what Souths did to them when they played. Each verse ends with, "They wear the Red and Green".[10][11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tottenham Chants". India Spurs. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ossie's Dream entry". Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  3. ^ Cloake, Martin (12 December 2012). "The Glory Glory Nights: The Official Story of Tottenham Hotspur in Europe". 
  4. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur F.A. Cup Final Squad 1980/81 Season* - Ossie's Dream". Discogs. 
  5. ^ "Ronnie Hilton And The Leeds United AFC - Glory Glory Leeds United / We Shall Not Be Moved - Columbia - UK - DB 8506". Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Frank Renshaw". Discogs. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Wighton, Kate. "Historical tunes behind footie's terrace chants". The Sun. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Glory Glory Man Utd". Hidden Titles. Future Publishing. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  9. ^ Manchester United New Chevrolet Shirt Revealed
  10. ^ "Rabbitohs Club Song | Official Membership Site of the South Sydney Rabbitohs". Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  11. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs Theme Song". NRL League. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  12. ^ "South Sydney Rabbitohs: They Wear the Red and Green!". Traveling With Jared. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2016-07-28.