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Brass Banned: Let’s Pray The Dire England Band Get The Chop After Scotland Game

by | 19th, November 2014

NO-ONE really likes the England Brass Band that blight England’s international matches. The droning, metronomic thud takes all the spontaneity out of crowd singing and acts as an active drain on the will to live.

Now, the Football Association is going to be asked some tough questions about them after their appearance at the England-Scotland friendly, which saw the English winning 3-1.

While there was mercifully little trouble surrounding the game, the England supporters band will be finding themselves in hot water after they played along with fans singing off-colour songs in the stands.

The Scottish fans sang their anthem, stirring and proud , The Flower of Scotland, from the terraces, while a section of the England fans replied with a series of thunderously embarrassing chants about Royal Family, the Empire and, worst of all, songs about the IRA. A number of the 5,000 travelling supporters sang “fuck the IRA”, and the brass band gleefully played along.

The FA, who incidentally don’t allow away fans at Wembley to bring instruments to England games, were so concerned about the brass band that they tried to contact band members during the half-time interval, in a bid to stop them playing the song.

“I don’t condone any chanting, I’ve got to say,” said Roy Hodgson afterwards. “My concentration was on the football match entirely, even if I was aware the crowd were tremendously supportive. But unfortunately chanting and people singing songs which no one in football condones go on. I don’t condone it.”

“If anyone was offended, I’m sure the FA would apologise to them. All we can do is play our football and hope our fans behave themselves and enjoy our football.”

There’ll be some England fans who will wonder what the problem is. Surely there’s nothing wrong with singing patriotic songs and lambasting a terrorist organisation? Well here’s the thing at no point did the England fans sing the English national anthem. That’s because England doesn’t have a national anthem. ‘God Save the Queen’ is, for all intents and purposes, the British national anthem. So again, what’s the harm in singing the anthem that united the two countries playing?


Well, the fact is, England fans were singing for the

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