The England Band

England beat Hungary last night. Could you be bothered to watch; do you care?

After the disappointment of the World Cup I didn’t watch the game on TV and I wouldn’t have travelled to Wembley even if I had been given free tickets. I’ll doubtless get behind the team at the next major tournament, but right now I just don’t feel that they’re worthy of my support. Not that I’ve particularly enjoyed my recent visits to Wembley. I find that it has very little atmosphere and the crowd noise tends to follow whatever the England Band decide that the crowd ought to be singing. There is none of the organic, witty and spontaneous singing and chanting that you get in club football and used to get at England matches. To attend an England match is to resign yourself to listening to an hour and a half of monotonous and manufactured atmosphere.

Sadly, and it pains me to say it, I’m in full agreement with this comment on the When Saturday Comes forum (swearing censored):

Oh. My. God. Now the Moron-Inspiring Mini-Orchestra have struck up the bits they know of “God Save the Queen”. Followed by “I’m England ‘Til I Die”.

Are England games at Wembley really, really, this f****** devoid of atmosphere that these c**** are necessary or indeed welcome? I pity the poor twats who’ve paid thousands to have a “season ticket”. Actually, I don’t, they are part of the f****** problem and they deserve what they’re getting.

Ah, it’s the opening few bars of the Great Escape Theme, again, now. For about the twentieth f****** time in the match.

And to think we English mock the vuvuzela.

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  1. Lord Lindley says:

    I quite agree that the ‘England band’ should be banned from the grounds. They are just an annoyance. If I finished up in a seat near them I’d stick their instruments where the sun don’t shine! I understand they are supporters from Sheffield Wednesday, which shows how retarded they must be.
    The FA pay them to attend/travel, etc. There’s no wonder the FA are hated by nearly all for being out of touch?

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