When The Saints Go Marching In (sport)

When The Saints Go Marching In (sport)

"When The Saints Go Marching In" is used by a number of teams in various sports. It may be used as the team's theme song or reserved for when they score. It may be used with the standard lyrics, specialized lyrics, or no lyrics at all.

Teams / Clubs

American football

*New Orleans Saints (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
*Baylor University (Waco, Texas, USA) Also serves as a fight song for Baylor's other sports teams.


"In various varieties of professional football, the teams using it include (in alphabetical order):"
*Birmingham City F.C. (Birmingham, England) substituting "Blues" for "Saints".
*Chelsea F.C. (London, England) substituting "Blues" for "Saints" and "steaming" for "marching".
*Djurgårdens IF (Stockholm, Sweden)
*Dundee United F.C. (Dundee, Scotland) substituting "Shed" (the name of United's most famous stand) for "Saints"
*Leeds United A.F.C. (Leeds, England)
*Leicester City F.C. (Leicester, England) substituting "Blues" (the team colour) for "Saints"
*Liverpool F.C. (Liverpool, Merseyside, England) substituting "Reds" (the club's nickname) for "Saints"
*Manchester United F.C. (Greater Manchester, England)
*Middlesbrough F.C. (Middlesbrough, England)
*Rotherham United F.C. (Rotherham, Yorkshire, England)
*Newcastle United Football Club (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
*Norwich City F.C. (Norwich, England)
*Oldham Athletic F.C. (Oldham, England) substituting "Blues" (the club's colour) for "Saints." A Dixieland version is used.
*Palmeiras, Sociedade Esportiva (São Paulo, Brazil)
*Rochdale A.F.C. (Rochdale, England) substituting "Dale" for "Saints".
*San Jose Earthquakes (San Jose, California, USA) substituting "Quakes" (the club's nickname) for "Saints"
*Sheffield United F.C. (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) substituting "Blades" (the club's nickname) for "Saints"
*Southampton F.C. (Southampton, England). The club is nicknamed 'The Saints'.
*St Johnstone Football Club (Perth, Scotland)
*St Kilda Football Club (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
*St Mirren Football Club (Paisley, Scotland)
*St. Patrick's Athletic Football Club (Dublin, Ireland)
*Toronto F.C. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) substituting "Reds" (the club's nickname) for "Saints"
*Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (London, England) substituting "Spurs" (the club's nickname) for "Saints"


*Northampton Saints (Northampton, England) The song is traditionally sung to distract the opposing team and to encourage the players.
*St Helens RFC (St Helens, England)
*St George Illawarra Dragons (Kogarah (Sydney), and Wollongong; New South Wales, Australia)St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, NSW Australia uses the song as a war cry for their rugby team.

Other sports

In ice hockey it is played by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL when the team scores as well as at the beginning of the game and at the end of each period. Its use stems from the first years of the Blues, as initially the strongest of the NHL's late-1960s expansion teams, and was sung by fans as "When the Blues go marching in..."

It is the college basketball fight song of, among others:
*Providence College (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
*Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
*Saint Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)It is often played by the pep band during breaks in play. However, none of these teams use a true Dixieland version, but a version more suited to a college fight song.

It is played by St. Mary's School Yala, a high school in Kenya.

These lists are not exhaustive.


t Kilda Football Club version lyrics

This incarnation has been in use since the 1980s. The version of the song recorded by the Fable Singers is played at the ground after a St Kilda victory in the Australian Football League, followed by a hearty rendition of the song by the players after the match.

: Oh when the Saints, go marching in,: Oh when the Saints go marching in,: Oh how I want to be with St Kilda,: Oh when the Saints go marching in.

: Oh when the Saints (Oh when the Saints), go marching in (go marching in ),: Oh when the Saints go marching in,: Oh how I want to be with St Kilda, : Oh when the Saints go marching in.

(St Kilda president Rod Butterss has considered, as of early 2006, a remake of the song to be penned by Australian music legend Ross Wilson.)

t George Illawarra Dragons

Often sung by the parochial supporters of the Dragons (dubbed the "Dragon Army"), the version of the song used is very similar to St Kilda's. This version does, however, remain loyal to the original, with the third line of both stanzas being "I wanna be in that number".

On rare occasion, further verses are sung by the "Dragon Army".

Providence College Friars

"The Saints" was not originally used, but rather "Friar Away," a typical college fight song. However, in the 1950s, a local radio station, WPRO-AM, began using it as the theme music to their coverage of P.C. basketball games. The fans took to it so well that it has become the fight song of the college, with "Friar Away" slipping into obscurity, save for a brief revival in the late 1990s.

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