Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Derby week .. 'Munich' singing

Derby week .. 'Munich' singing

It’s Manchester derby week and in the first of a series of articles I thought I’d try and respond to the annual media led campaign that seeks to highlight the ‘insensitive’ behaviour of City supporters at this fixture. Paul Wilson’s vitriolic article in last weekend’s Observer springs to mind immediately, although I don’t think City helped themselves by an appeal to supporters in the Spurs programme. Such an article was always likely to be jumped upon by the likes of Wilson and used to attack the club and their supporters.

I must therefore be talking about the use of the truly abhorrent word ‘Munich’ and its links to the tragic air disaster of 1958. Don’t get me wrong, like most City supporters I do not condone the singing of songs that glorify the deaths of those that died at Munich. It has no more place at football matches than songs glorifying the deaths of those that died in the Burnden Park disaster, the Hillsborough disaster, Heysel, those supporting their team in Istanbul or even Russian submariners suffocated to death at the bottom of the Barents Sea, disasters, it has to be said, that have all been referred to by those ‘angelic’ figures in black who follow Manchester United.

I am not claiming that ‘Munich’ songs are not sung by a minority of City supporters. There is a minority who are insensitive to most things in life and glorify the tragedy in their songs. However this is a small minority these days and they are rarely heard singing in the Stadium; rather their ‘Muniching’ is done in their pre-match haunts fuelled by large amounts of alcohol. Don’t believe me? Travel back to the late 70’s and early 80’s. ‘Munich’ songs were the rage and were well and truly sung by a majority of supporters. The old Scoreboard end at Old Trafford used to reverberate to the sounds of the ‘runway song’ pre, post and during the match, same in the Kippax for home games. Perhaps football hacks and supporters were immune in those days but it was never reported and no-one ever complained. That doesn’t make it right, it simply highlights that things have improved whatever United fans and their media wish to tell you.

Although widespread singing of ‘Munich’ songs has been greatly reduced the use of the word ‘Munich’ to describe a United fan is a pretty recent phenomena. Again, back in the 70’s and 80’s, United fans weren’t collectively called ‘Munich’s’ nor did you hear lines such as ‘and if you are a Munich fan’ in songs. The collective use of the word has risen out of Manchester United and their supporter’s exploitation of the tragedy for financial and political gain. Is it right? No. Is it understandable? It could be argued so. When you see a club that all but kicked out of their club houses, the families of those that died you have to question why, many years later, they seek sympathy on behalf of those very same people. Why is it that supporter’s who sing with impunity about disasters affecting other clubs express mock outrage when they are referred to inappropriately in turn? United supporters sing about Liverpool having a monopoly on grief yet in the same breath speak of ‘Munich’ as if it were the only disaster to befall football.

Singing about any disaster isn’t right and should have no place at football matches. However before the press tear City supporters apart in the Sunday papers, yet again; I implore them to look to the United section. If, as they so emphatically claim, they are the victims of nasty, insensitive City supporters why is it they are making aeroplane gestures and singing ‘where’s your famous Munich song?’. If the effect is as bad as they claim, why provoke it? And they call us hypocrites.



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Thursday January 12 2006
Time: 1:57PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

From The Vault: Man City v Tranmere 1996-97

Some say it's a funny old world and football certainly meets that criteria, especially clubs with a history of 'ups and downs'.

The Pep Era Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday 1 July 2016 dawns the beginning of a new month...after what seems to be a life living in limbo, the Pep Guardiola era finally begins at Manchester City.

(Video) Selfie Of Nolito In Manchester

Within the next couple of hours Manchester City FC are expected to announce the signing of Celta Vigo forward, Nolito.

(Audio) Sturridge Defends & Admires Sterling

England teammate Daniel Sturridge says Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is one of the most talented players in the world.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?
Suggested By: Tudor
Joe Hart6%
Aleksandar Kolarov6%
Pablo Zabaleta7%
Bacary Sagna0%
Fabian Delph3%
Jesus Navas0%
Raheem Sterling6%
Yaya Toure11%
Wilfried Bony55%
Samir Nasri1%
Eliaquim Mangala5%
Gael Clichy0%
Pep will not sell anyone0%
Someone else0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.johnkelv2