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Glory Glory Man United: The anthem that unites the red part of Manchester

Harsh Gupta
FEATURED WRITER
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6.70K   //    12 Oct 2011, 03:52 IST

The four golden words- Glory Glory Man Utd are synonymous to Manchester United. These words are an intergral part of everything that is written, spoken about United by it’s enormous fan base that stretches to the remotest and the most isolated parts of the world. The pride and passion attached to these words is exemplary and unparalleled. Fans and followers identify themselves with these words, they are seen on banners, posters, wallpapers, flags and every piece of memorabilia which bears the name of the greatest club in the club.

These words are derived from the name of United’s famed anthem- Glory Glory Man Utd. This anthem is the heart, soul and sound of Manchester United and is music to the ears of all Red Devils.  This inspiring song brings fans together and 75000 supporters singing it in chorus at the Theatre of Dreams is a moment to capture and savor.

The new young community of United as well as the less historical fans might not know how this anthem came into being, when and how it was compose, why it was released and what certain words in the song actually mean. We bring you a complete insight and background of Glory Glory Manchester United.

The song was released as a motivational tonic for players and to bring fans together for United’s FA Cup final encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion in the 1982-83 season. United were gunning for their fifth FA Cup after finishing third in the league that season against Albion, who had already been relegated from the first division.

The song was written and recorded by Frank Renshaw at the Strawberry Studios in Stockport. Renshaw was a member of the Herman’s Hermits, an English pop band formed in Manchester in 1963. The tune and music of the song were taken from The Battle Hymn of Republic, a hymn which became popular during the American Civil War. Interestingly, the lyrics of the song are also based on the very same hymn.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

The release of this inspirational anthem did help United clinch their fifth FA Cup crown. The original final was drawn at 2 apiece and in those times, tied matches were replayed instead of the current system of extra time and the penalty shoot-out. Captain Bryan Robson’s brace helped United demolish Albion 4-0 in the rematch.

United captain Bryan Robson helped his team clinch the FA Cup in the 1982-83 season

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

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Just like the busby babes in days gone by,

We’ll keep the red flags flying high,
Your gonna see us all from far and wide,
Your gonna hear the masses sing with pride.

United, Man united,
We’re the boys in red and we’re on our way to Wembley!

Wembley, Wembley,
We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wembley,
Wembley, Wembley,
We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wembley

In Seventy-Seven it was Docherty
Atkinson will make it Eighty-Three
And everyone will no just who we are,
They’ll be singing que sera sera

United, Man united,
We’re the boys in red and we’re on our way to Wembley!

Wembley, Wembley,
We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wembley,
Wembley, Wembley,
We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wembley

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

The lyrics of the anthem briefly described United’s FA Cup history and the fact that the team had began their journey to the Wembley stadium, the venue for the FA Cup and all other major cup competitions in English football. The song also features the names of some famous United managers who experienced FA Cup glory with the club in the past.

In Seventy-Seven it was Docherty
Atkinson will make it Eighty-Three

It first mentions the Busby Babes, a term coined for the exceptionally talented United side under the management of Sir Matt Busby, who twice lifted the FA Cup trophy in the 1947-48 and 1962-63 seasons. Tommy Docherty guided United to their fourth title in the 1976-77 season, which was also to be his last season as manager of the Red Devils. A famous football pundit nowadays, Ron Atkinson was United’s boss when they took home their fifth FA Cup silverware in the 1983-84 season.  Old Trafford saw another addition to their trophy cabinet when United again came home with the FA Cup under Atkinson in the 1984-85 season.

Glory Glory Man United has now become one of the most popular football songs in the world alongside other anthems such as Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone. Listening to this song really does bring out the real Red Devil in a United fan and hopefully will inspire the current and the future generations of United players to play like true champions and make many more visits to the Wembley!

Listen to the song here

Harsh Gupta
FEATURED WRITER
The quintessential sports lunatic and an accidental engineer. Currently exploring the world of entrepreneurship with my startup, Fratmart.com
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