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Liverpool fans insist Manchester United have no call on their anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

A new book, Celtic United, says the Kop was beaten to the tune by at least five years when United supporters sang it as a tribute to the dead of the 1958 Munich air crash.

But Liverpool Supporters Club chairman Richard Pedder told The Sun: "It's not true. I've never heard United supporters sing You'll Never Walk Alone."



It is United's song!!!

ONE of the most bitter rivalries in football has taken a new twist with the claim that Liverpool fans stole their famous You'll Never Walk Alone anthem from Manchester United supporters.

Grandmother Jane Hardwick says she was left seeing red after reading a letter in a newspaper which said the song, made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers, was first belted out on the terraces of Anfield.

Jane, a lifelong Reds' supporter from this end of the East Lancs Road, claims it was originally sung by her and thousands of fans at Old Trafford long before it became associated with Liverpool.

Jane, 61, was a teenage opera singer when many of her footballing heroes were killed in the tragic Munich air crash in 1958.

And as her own special tribute to the Busby Babes, heartbroken Jane convinced her friends from New Mills Operatic Society in Derbyshire to join her in a rousing rendition of the song at one of the games following the tragedy.

The tune was written for the 1945 musical Carousel, which Jane and her friends were rehearsing at the time. The pals started the singing but soon You'll Never Walk Alone was being belted out by thousands of fans at Old Trafford.

However, during the 1960s the song was adopted by Liverpool fans.

Jane, who now runs a bed and breakfast in Leek, was first taken to Old Trafford at six weeks old by her father and grandfather.

She said: "It has annoyed me so much that people think the song was first sung by the Liverpool fans.

"The Munich crash was so horrible and everyone was feeling down and despondent and it just seemed an appropriate song to sing.

"It was an emotional time and I managed to persuade my friends to join in with me. Soon the whole ground was singing it and many people, including me, were in tears.

"I never dreamed it would become the anthem of our old rivals but I wanted to put the record straight about where the song originated from on the terraces."

A spokeswoman for Liverpool FC said: "As far as we are aware, it was first sung at Anfield in 1963 and not before Gerry Mardsen's recording of the song."
 

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I saw this story - and I read the comments that people made on it.

There is plenty doubt about it being true !

We need some older people from here to tell us if they ever heard it being sung in Old Trafford.

Hope not though - this song is for plebs :D
 

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If I ever sung that in the Stretford End I'd probably get my head kicked in. I didn't know it was originally United's song. Fascinating!
 

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GeordieMancunian said:
If I ever sung that in the Stretford End I'd probably get my head kicked in. I didn't know it was originally United's song. Fascinating!
They would chop you to 1 million pieces Mr and use you for garnish in some prawn sandwiches !!
 
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I can tell you for certain that i, along with thousands of other Reds, sang it on the Stretty, Paddock and Scoreboard in the 70s and 80s.

Some replies off another forum discussing the subject...........


i know that it United used to sing it during the early 80s
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The Stretford still sang it in the mid 80s,
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Yes, United fans used to sing YNWA. You'll see footage on old recordings. An example that springs to mind is the Derby FA cup semi-final in '76.
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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/130/130093_youll_never_walk_alone_is_our_song.html
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"You'll Never Walk Alone" Originally written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1945 musical Carousel. First sung on the terraces by Jane Hardwick and friends from the Operatic Society in Derbyshire at a United match after the Munich air crash 1958. This was followed by a cover version by Gerry and the Pacemakers 5th October 1963 shortly after being sung by Liverpool fans and later adopted as their anthem.

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i always though that it was our original song but i seemed like since liverpool sng it the most,people always associated it with them.But seriously,thats coppyright infringement
 

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RichardsReds said:
Man Utd may have sung it first but its clearly liverpools song at the moment. I wouldn't dare start singing that in OT!
When we beat Sunderland 1-0 at OT earlier this season their fans started singing YNWA - I haven't heard the Stretford End boo so loudly before!
 

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I just remembered something.......

I saw a video on youtube recently - showing cup final from 1977 'v' Liverpool - which United won as we all know.........

And after this game United fans were singing YNWA very loudly - more to make Liverpool fans mad though I think, lol..........
 

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Sorry but it's a liverpool song and it always will be, even if someone at united sung it first which is doubtful it is still a liverpool song. If you only sing a song a couple of times it's not your song, liverpool fans have made this there club anthem since the 60's, it is well known throughout england and the world as a liverpool song so why does anyone care.
 

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I have to agree with RotS.

Even if we did sing it, it's still theirs. It just shows they can't copy our boys on the pitch in skill, so they try to copy our fans in the crowd by song ;)
 
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A new book, Celtic United, says the Kop was beaten to the tune by at least five years when United supporters sang it as a tribute to the dead of the 1958 Munich air crash.

Frank Worrall authored Celtic United. According to this exchange on his blog, he failed to uncover new evidence in support of the dubious assertion that Manchester United followers were the first to sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at a sporting venue. Worrall's only source, rather, is the same Jane Hardwick who in 2004 claimed sang the song "at one of the games" following the Munich air disaster (details elude her!). All so very thin, and absolutely no reason to seriously. Liverpool fans, on the other hand, have evidence coming out of their mouths and ears...

www.youtube.com/ynwa
 

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who gives a shit . i cant believe loserpool fans would nick somthing anyway ,cough cough, wankas. but please dont worry about it ,id rather puke n shit at the same time than sing that anyway
 
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