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YNWA

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Pesam, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Pesam

    Pesam Forum Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Question for the older posters............I came across this Man City v Derby game from 1974 featuring a winning goal by ex-City legend Francis Lee; the goal is as famous for the Barry Davies commentary as for the goal itself.



    Anyway......at about 30 seconds you can clearly hear the City fans singing YNWA; I was 11 at the time and watched all the footie i.e. Match Of The Day and The Big Match and don't remember other fans singing our song. Was this a regular thing or was this just a strange one-off?
     
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  2. gene hughes

    gene hughes Part of the Furniture Member

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    I just watched a  video of England versus Brazil from 1981 and the England fans were singing it.
     
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    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    @Pesam -  as one of the few 60 year old posters here, you have to realize that most of us weren't alive back then!
     
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    Love this
     
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    juniormember Well-Known Member

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    Actually, does anyone know when exactly YNWA started being sung at Anfield?
    My dad who used to go in the Shankly era doesn’t remember it being a thing then, so I guess it was later?
     
  6. doctor_mac

    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    It was deffo part of the Shankly era.
    For full article: The Story of... 'You'll Never Walk Alone', Liverpool FC's anthem
     
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    Always been debated whether it was sung by us or Celtic first.
     
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    I think adopting YNWA was partly a by-product of Brian Epstein looking to use Anfield and Goodison as showcases for his musical acts. As he owned NEMS, the big record/musical goods store in the city, he provided the grounds with records for pre-game entertainment. That was originally just all the chart music. Then when he started building his rosta of acts, he made sure their records got saturation plays at the grounds - The Beatles, obviously, but also all his other acts. And YNWA as a single thus got played there before anywhere else, over and over again, and it just caught on.
     
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    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    It is generally accepted that Celtic started singing it after a European fixture against us in 1966, so not really debated, except by people who don't know their shit.
     
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    Also, only Celtic fans know that they sign it. I remember we had an Irish teacher who put on some video of Celtic (must have been coming up to Christmas or something and he couldn't be fucked teaching) and when they showed the fans singing it most of the class were saying it's a Liverpool song.
     
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    The Gerry Marsden single came out in 1963. It was played every game at Anfield as soon as it was released, all the way on until it reached number one, and then for months after. The Kop famously sang along to most of the hits. I obviously wasn't there but I cannot believe it didn't develop much earlier than 66. That would have been bizarre. It couldn't have taken three more years before it was picked up. Maybe the Celtic fans all went off to an art house revival of Carousel!
     
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    Not true. Deaf fans from other clubs have been aware of this for decades.
     
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    I remember that game. Was when Shankly asked Jock Stein whether he'd prefer their share of the gate money, or just their empties back. :)

    (Glass beer bottles in footie grounds, eh ? Amazing we all survived ...).
     
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    Not according to a lot of Celtic fans who would equally claim to know their shit.
     
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    That’s a fair point.
     
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    They don't.
     
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