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

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Premier League Will Re-Brand In 2016/17

The Premier League have today confirmed that they are rebranding from the 2016-17 season.

Free Entry: Man Utd U21s v Man City U21s

Entry to watch Manchester United U21s play Manchester City U21s is absolutely free at Leigh Sports Village this Thursday, 11th February 2016, 8pm kick off.

Tactics: End Of An Era Of Possession?

After another chastening weekend City fans find their team sat in 4th place in the league and facing the prospect of a promising season crumbling to dust unless...

(Video) Who Would You Have Back Today?

Manchester City has released some really class players in recent years, however, out of the ones who are still playing at a reasonably high level who would you have back today?

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Profile
Johnny Baguette
Profile
Pedmachine
Profile
Sedgie
Profile
Skoorb
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many trophies will MCFC win this season?
Suggested By: Tudor
Premier League12%
Champions League0%
League Cup10%
FA Cup5%
Two of the above10%
Three of the above0%
All four21%
City will not win anything this season42%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 4:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 12:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 28 2016 4:30PM : Liverpool (a)
Capital One Cup
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb234
2.Buzz Lightyear205
3.Tudor178
4.Johnny Baguette141
5.Bluedub83
6.fifthcolumnblue60
7.johnkelv44
8.PhillyBlueMoon29
9.citizhun29
10.Colin Is The King20