Sing the Song


It has irked me for years but came to a head last Friday night when the Melbourne women’s team celebrated their victory with the club Theme Song.


Theme Song?  It sounded more like a group of screeching banshees than “singing the song”. It was a disgrace.


Just when are clubs going to bring in a singing teacher to teach the players, male and female, how to sing their victory song?   It should not be too hard to employ a singing teacher. Every other profession is employed at football clubs.


When I suggest it has irked me for years – I really mean years and years.  Clubs talk about tradition. AFLW are on about  creating tradition.  The singing of THEIR theme song IS tradition so why not get back to it.


GWS – to my ear – really have got it right with their song. Full of life, full of meaning and full of a new tradition.


Not that other clubs have got it wrong. There are some wonderful tunes amongst them based on hit songs and traditional.


And for heavens sake let’s not starting about the Australian sporting anthem “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!    For starters it sounds as if we are calling the pigs.  Don’t get me started.


Theme songs must be meaningful which most are and I would like to give you the words of “The Notre Dame Victory March” for something to think about. In Australia the music is the  Sydney Swans .


The music was composed in 1908, many years before victory became a habit for Notre Dame Football Teams wonderfully led by Ronnie Reagan.


“Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,


Wake up the echoes cheering her name,


Send the volley cheer on high,


Shake down the thunder from the sky.


What tho’ the odds be great or small,


Old Notre Dame will win over all,


While her loyal sons are marching onward to Victory.”


While I am on my rostrum waiving my baton – what about a theme song for “The Knackers”?


We could start every other luncheon with it and sing it magnificently at the Grand final luncheon?


As for all you AFL and AFLW clubs – get your act together and SING your rendition with gusto.



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About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.


  1. george smith says

    In the 80s God gave us the mute button, probably inspired by the TV program Number 96 in the ’70s and the desperate need to silence the screeching cockatoo, Dorrie Evans.

    I use the mute button to silence the team song after the game as it has become a meaningless ritual, like Hells Bells, Kiss Cam and Sweet Caroline. I noticed that Newcastle United fans bought inflatable male genitalia to the FA Cup game against West Brom. I hope it does not catch on, it’s a reminder that things could be worse!

  2. Daniel Flesch says

    As well as singing lessons , how about some musical accompaniment to keep the players in tune and not sounding so flaaaaat? Amplified guitar / keyboard / fiddle / piano accordion / concertina / anything .

  3. citrus bob says

    Smithy – one of the great inventions of our time I use it for cricket commentary and every other sport that needs toilet paper.

    Daniel – I think you are going overboard a bit – piano accordion only a la Happy Hammond 1963.

    Colin Ritchie – as we expected our resolute Knackers are very busy creating a theme song. Might have to have a special luncheon to pick the winner which will be sung of course by the composer!

  4. Colin Ritchie says

    The following comment is from Citrus Bob’s friend Graeme Stuart.

    “Thanks Bob ( Bobcat) football and Cricket extroadinaire,
    Read your article with great insight as I always do whenever you put pen to paper and totally support your comments and observations.
    Some of the after game renditions of club theme songs leave me cold and the words to some of the songs definitely not reflected in current society and bear little relevance to the spirit of our great game”

  5. Earl O'Neill says

    Bob, that has bugged me for years. When footballers yell it out after a match, all songs sound the same.
    “Ra ra, grunt, groan, moan, groan.”
    Still, it was an ‘innovation’ of ch7. What could you expect?

  6. Shane Reid says

    Hear, hear!
    I’m a long time music teacher and choir director. When I studied at the VCA in the 90s we all did a class where we studied Bach chorales and learned the rules of 4 part writing. My assignment was a 4 part arrangement of “We are the boys from old Fitzroy.” I really wish I had held on to a copy! I like your idea, quite fancy the job tittle “ Fitzroy Football Club Choral Director.” Great read Citrus Bob.

  7. citrus bob says

    Earl – you are so right. Dare I say it but it now a plague on our country.

    Shane R – “Fitzroy Football Club Choral Director” – I reckon some one at the present day Gorillas committee will bring it up at their next meeting. Brilliant idea. If it could be done in four part even some of the “old” league teams might take it on instead of the coaches interview (sorry Presser) after the game and we the listener/watcher could vote on it.
    Is it possible you could reproduce your assignment? The again the AFL would probably want copyright!

  8. Mark Duffett says

    I’m with George Smith – the post-match song is a meaningless ritual, at least as rendered by the players. How and why it ever came to be considered an indispensable part of all AFL broadcasting is beyond me.

  9. citrus bob says

    Thanks Mark just wish we had enough clout to bring the matter to The Powers That Be. In many instances a “minor flaw” but one that grates for amny.

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