List of Australian Football League team songs

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An Australian Football League team song is traditionally sung by members of the winning team after an AFL game, and played when each team runs out onto the field prior to the beginning of the match and played for the winning team at the end of the match.

The first team song was the Collingwood song "Good Old Collingwood Forever", written by player Tom Nelson in 1906 to the tune of "Goodbye, Dolly Gray", an American music hall song.[1] Other clubs have continued to rewrite other songs' lyrics to suit their team, with four of the 18 team songs having both original lyrics and music.

Club name Name of team song Basis for team song First used
as team song
Writer/composer
Adelaide "The Pride of South Australia" "US Marines' Hymn" 1994 Bill Sanders
Brisbane Lions "The Pride of Brisbane Town" "La Marseillaise" 1955 Fitzroy players
Carlton "We are the Navy Blues" "Lily of Laguna" c. 1930 Carlton players
Collingwood "Good Old Collingwood Forever" "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" 1906 Tom Nelson
Essendon "See the Bombers Fly Up" "(Keep Your) Sunny Side Up" 1959 Kevin Andrews[2]
Fremantle "Freo Way To Go" "Song of the Volga Boatmen" 1995 Ken Walther
Geelong "We Are Geelong" "The Toreador Song" 1963 John K. Watts
Gold Coast "We Are the Suns of the Gold Coast Sky"[3] Original 2010 Rosco Elliott
Greater Western Sydney "There's A Big Big Sound"[4] Original 2012 Harry Angus
Hawthorn "The Mighty Fighting Hawks" (also known as "We're A Happy Team At Hawthorn") "The Yankee Doodle Boy" c. 1956 Chic Lander
Melbourne "It's a Grand Old Flag" "You're a Grand Old Flag" c. 1912 George M Cohen 1906 (second verse by Keith "Bluey" Truscott)
North Melbourne "Join in the Chorus" "Wee Deoch an Doris"[5] 1920s Sir Harry Lauder
Port Adelaide "Power to Win"[6] Original 1997 Quentin Eyers and Les Kaczmarek
Richmond "We're from Tiger Land" "Row, Row, Row" 1962 Richmond lyrics by Jack Malcolmson.

William Jerome / James Monaco (Row, Row, Row lyrics © Peermusic Publishing sung by Bing Crosby)

St Kilda "When the Saints Go Marching In" "When the Saints Go Marching In" c. 1965 unknown
Sydney "The Red and the White" "Notre Dame Victory March" 1961 Larry Spokes
West Coast "We're Flying High" Original 1987 Kevin Peek and Ken Walther
Western Bulldogs "Sons of the West" "Sons of the Sea" 1940s unknown

Notes[edit]

  • The Brisbane Lions song was originally written by a group of Fitzroy players in 1955 to the tune of the French National Anthem, "La Marseillaise". It has been used since the Brisbane Bears/Fitzroy Lions merger in 1996 with slightly adjusted lyrics; Brisbane's previous Club Song was sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".[7]
  • The Western Bulldogs team song was originally called "Sons of the 'Scray" before Footscray changed their name to the Western Bulldogs in 1997, with the song's lyrics being slightly altered.[8]
  • The Fremantle Dockers' club song used from 1995 until 2011 contained a section based on "The Song of the Volga Boatmen", a Russian folk song, but most of the song was an original composition by Ken Walther. After the 2011 season, the "Volga Boatmen" section was dropped, leaving only the part written by Walther.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://mm.afl.com.au/afl_heritage/songs_history.htm#magpies Archived 23 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ see interview with Kevin Andrews on the Essendon FC website at http://www.essendonfc.com.au/video/2014-03-12/btv-the-history-of-our-song
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Traditional Scottish Songs - Wee Deoch an Doris". rampantscotland.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. ^ http://mm.afl.com.au/afl_heritage/songs_history.htm#lions Archived 23 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ http://mm.afl.com.au/afl_heritage/songs_history.htm#bulldogs Archived 23 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.