McNamara’s Band is the song played at White Hart Lane London N17 home of Tottenham Hotspur when the teams emerge onto the pitch for the second half of each home game. This tradition goes back many years and whilst the lyrics are not known by the majority of fans the tune is instantly recognisable.
“Oh the whistle goes
The cockerel crows and now we’re in the game
Its up to you, you Lillywhites to play the Tottenham way
There’s many teams, of many towns
And some are great and small
But the famous Tottenham Hotspur are the greatest of them all!
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala la”
You can hear the tune being played in part one of this excellent BBC Sportsnight review of Spurs 100th anniversary in 1982 which includes interviews with Arthur Rowe and Bill Nicholson.
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