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    Barmy army

    Seriously, who are the Barmy Army? I have followed English cricket for an awfully long time, I love England from the bottom of my heart and I follow county cricket (I support Lancashire but love all of our counties, except Yorkshire). I was very fortunate to visit Australia and see the first two Test matches of a very memorable and historic series in 1986 and believe me there was no such thing as the Barmy Army. England cricketers and commentators often talk in glowing terms of the 'Barmies' but I don't know anyone who is a 'Barmy'. Please tell.

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    They are the inferior version of the Swami Army

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    mullarkey, being from Widnes, do you follow their League team?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    They are the inferior version of the Swami Army

    And the Barmy Army copied the Swami Army? Or the other way round?
    The Barmy Army were created around the Ashes of Australia in 1994-95 season and have been around since. Sources have said the Australian media gave them that name in reference to the fact they kept singing and chanting even when they lost!
    And believe me, I have seen plenty of England losses in Australia, and they will never stop. Edgebaston 2005 was a hugely rare exception. You could hear a pin drop.
    Also, the Barmy Army have many supporters of English soccer. You will see clubs ranging from Manchester United to Northampton Town if you looked very carefully. But, thank **** it's cricket. They don't brawl.

    Their best known chant would be this one:
    One Guy: Everywhere we go
    Everyone: Everywhere we go
    One Guy: The people want to know
    Everyone: The people want to know
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: Shall we tell them
    Everyone: Shall we tell them
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: We are the Army
    Everyone: We are the Army
    One Guy: The Barmy Barmy Army
    Everyone: The Barmy Barmy Army
    One Guy: We are the England
    Everyone: We are the England
    One Guy: The Mighty Mighty England
    Everyone: The Mighty Mighty England
    Then everyone shouts Barmy Army, 2 claps, and then rinse, repeat, for minutes on end. Along with many other ones they may make up on any given day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirtBySea View Post
    And the Barmy Army copied the Swami Army? Or the other way round?
    The Barmy Army were created around the Ashes of Australia in 1994-95 season and have been around since. Sources have said the Australian media gave them that name in reference to the fact they kept singing and chanting even when they lost!
    And believe me, I have seen plenty of England losses in Australia, and they will never stop. Edgebaston 2005 was a hugely rare exception. You could hear a pin drop.
    Also, the Barmy Army have many supporters of English soccer. You will see clubs ranging from Manchester United to Northampton Town if you looked very carefully. But, thank **** it's cricket. They don't brawl.

    Their best known chant would be this one:
    One Guy: Everywhere we go
    Everyone: Everywhere we go
    One Guy: The people want to know
    Everyone: The people want to know
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: Shall we tell them
    Everyone: Shall we tell them
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: We are the Army
    Everyone: We are the Army
    One Guy: The Barmy Barmy Army
    Everyone: The Barmy Barmy Army
    One Guy: We are the England
    Everyone: We are the England
    One Guy: The Mighty Mighty England
    Everyone: The Mighty Mighty England
    Then everyone shouts Barmy Army, 2 claps, and then rinse, repeat, for minutes on end. Along with many other ones they may make up on any given day.
    Mate I Know the Barmy Army came before the Swami Army. Was just joking.

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    Yeah, we all know what happens when you start to throw the "jokes" around.

    You've got previous for this sort of thing, expect an infraction in due course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Mate I Know the Barmy Army came before the Swami Army. Was just joking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GirtBySea View Post
    And the Barmy Army copied the Swami Army? Or the other way round?
    The Barmy Army were created around the Ashes of Australia in 1994-95 season and have been around since. Sources have said the Australian media gave them that name in reference to the fact they kept singing and chanting even when they lost!
    And believe me, I have seen plenty of England losses in Australia, and they will never stop. Edgebaston 2005 was a hugely rare exception. You could hear a pin drop.
    Also, the Barmy Army have many supporters of English soccer. You will see clubs ranging from Manchester United to Northampton Town if you looked very carefully. But, thank **** it's cricket. They don't brawl.

    Their best known chant would be this one:
    One Guy: Everywhere we go
    Everyone: Everywhere we go
    One Guy: The people want to know
    Everyone: The people want to know
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: Shall we tell them
    Everyone: Shall we tell them
    One Guy: Who we are
    Everyone: Who we are
    One Guy: Where we come from
    Everyone: Where we come from
    One Guy: We are the Army
    Everyone: We are the Army
    One Guy: The Barmy Barmy Army
    Everyone: The Barmy Barmy Army
    One Guy: We are the England
    Everyone: We are the England
    One Guy: The Mighty Mighty England
    Everyone: The Mighty Mighty England
    Then everyone shouts Barmy Army, 2 claps, and then rinse, repeat, for minutes on end. Along with many other ones they may make up on any given day.
    Pretty sure that one's not a Barmy Army original..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    mullarkey, being from Widnes, do you follow their League team?
    yes mate I do. My son and I have season tickets and I am really excited about the coming season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirtBySea View Post
    The Barmy Army were created around the Ashes of Australia in 1994-95 season and have been around since. Sources have said the Australian media gave them that name in reference to the fact they kept singing and chanting even when they lost!
    The "Barmy Army" tag comes from football originally, I think. Anyway certainly during the 1992 World Cup in Australia quite a lot of England fans were singing "Graham Gooch's barmy army".

    I do take my hat off to them, they have got some real staying power, that's for sure. I went to Sydney in 2006/07 for the 5th defeat of the series and they were just magnificent all the way through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    The "Barmy Army" tag comes from football originally, I think. Anyway certainly during the 1992 World Cup in Australia quite a lot of England fans were singing "Graham Gooch's barmy army".

    I do take my hat off to them, they have got some real staying power, that's for sure. I went to Sydney in 2006/07 for the 5th defeat of the series and they were just magnificent all the way through.
    I am not totally in the dark about the BA, I know the chant 'Barmy Army' well from visiting loads of English soccer grounds and I think I first heard it as early as the 1970s. But it seems to me that most of the BA are Brits living in Australia or may be not? On English cricket grounds there is no Barmy Army, yes certain groups of people shout some of their songs but compared to it's presence at Tests in Australia it is of no significance. Why is that I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mullarkey View Post
    yes mate I do. My son and I have season tickets and I am really excited about the coming season.
    Poor you. Bet you miss having a real team playing at the Halton.

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