quarta-feira, 19 de março de 2008

Toot, tootle-ty toot

«In the 2002-03 season [Cardiff City] reached the second division promotion play-offs final, against Queens Park Rangers at the Millennium Stadium [Cardiff, País de Gales]. It is the standard that these showpiece occasions are preceded by the National Anthem. “A traditional part of the pre-match build-up to finals,” was how John Nagle, the Football League spokesman, described it until his bosses scrapped it when Cardiff fans claimed to be affronted by the prospect of God Save the Queen being sung at an English league event [no qual o Cardiff City, tal como outros clubes não ingleses (embora britânicos), participa desde há décadas].

The request was that it should be complemented by the Welsh National Anthem, Land of My Fathers, and when the Football League refused on the ground that God Save the Queen is the United Kingdom’s National Anthem and not only England’s — and therefore is applicable to all — it was warned that Land of My Fathers would be sung either way, over the anthem if necessary. Which, as the final was taking place in Cardiff, was no idle threat. Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, got involved and, seeking a quiet life, the League abandoned the idea of anthems in favour of club songs.

Cardiff chose Men of Harlech, a rousing military march with hugely patriotic connotations. QPR went for Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag, a lively instrumental celebrating peg trousers, daft haircuts and the hybrid post-punk jazz scene, the playing of which has had little effect on nationalistic sentiments anywhere since 1981. So Cardiff sang: “March ye men of Harlech bold, Unfurl your banners in the field, Be brave as were your sires of old, And never let them yield.” And QPR went: “Toot, tootle-ty toot. Tootle-ty toot toot.”

To the surprise of few, Cardiff won promotion.»


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