Oh I’m supposed to write an intro paragraph about them. Ok then…
They are based in Stretford, home to Old Trafford, probably the greatest cricket ground in the world.
They play in red…
They’ve been in a few cup finals in the past and sung about them.
I’m not going to mention every song. You’ll spot a linking theme with these selected.’77 Then managed by Tommy Docherty who had successfully revived the team after a number of years in decline. They finished in 6th place that season (76-77) but they did win the FA Cup.
This single was released in that same year but before the cup final. It mentions some club legends such as
The recording artist on this particular effort is George Roper (no, not that one) and Pipedream.
The Discogs listing says that this was the only release on that record label.
The tune is based upon ‘Rule Britannia’ and repeatedly sings of the bringing the glory back to Manchester.
This is another that does not mention the cup, but like the above includes a few players in the lyrics.
Macari and Greenhoff once again receive acknowledgements, along with Martin Buchan, Joe Jordan and Steve Coppell.
This one has the full Manchester Utd team singing on the single (which must have been weird for these players to sing their own name) and it was released on red vinyl.
The tune, like the above, is based upon a traditional one. This time it is ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ who of course are marching as to war.’83 Skipping now to the FA Cup Final for 1983 and it is Ron Atkinson who is leading the team out.
The final was against Brighton and Hove Albion and it had to go to a replay after a 2-all draw. Man U won that replay 4-0.
The tune used for this cup final again based upon a traditional one.
This time it was ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ or as you might know it; “Glory Glory Hallelujah…” It was not unique to them, Spurs and Leeds have used it, as well as Hibs.
One of the verses mentions the previous boss and the current one in charge:
Atkinson will make it Eighty-Three
And everyone will know just who we are,
They’ll be singing que sera sera
The lyrics for this one are based on another sort of traditional song. Not based on a old religious tune like the others, but as I said traditional in the football song traditional sense.
The tune was first heard… Well when I first heard it was Ally’s Tartan Army back in 1978 when Scotland were going to the World Cup in Argentina. After that the tune was adopted and lyrics altered to your team name and a certain venue in west London used for the cup finals. You know the one.
Here from that Ally’s Tartan Army Wikipedia explains: