Barmy Army Hooligans?

I’ve just read over at the BBC Sport site that an Australian politician has written to Tony Blair requesting intelligence on “known sporting hooligans” prior to the Ashes series.

It seems that Morris Iemma, the Premier for New South Wales, is concerned that there is likely to be poor crowd behaviour at the matches which will “adversely impact the enjoyment of thousands of families who love cricket” and “reflect poorly on national reputations”.

He’s absolutely right, you know, although asking Tony Blair’s government for any kind of “intelligence” is like asking an Aussie for lessons in etiquette. Something has to be done about the lager swilling hooligans that will descend on Australian sporting venues over the coming months and Flintoffs Ashes has the answer.

Ban anyone with a mullet, a tache, a sister-wife or who refers to flip-flops as thongs. That should do the job.

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6 comments so far

  1. Walter Cairns

    Quite right, many of us in the UK are heartily sick of this latest baseball-capped loutocracy. Their midnless chanting has driven me from the cricket ground – and plenty of others share my view.

    Walter C

  2. mike

    Hi Walter,

    I understand where you’re coming from but the England players have gone on record as saying the Barmy Army gives them a boost. They’ve been referred to on a number of occasions as being a Twelfth Man.

    I did find the repetitive chants of “We are mental and we are mad” irritating after a couple of hours but I wouldn’t refer to them as baseball capped louts. There’s a big difference between cheering on your team and being a lout.


  3. Charles

    From the games I have witnessed I will say that at the end of the day, it’s the Australian supporters who are being escorted out by police and not the Barmy Army. It appears that the Australian fans seem to be the more aggressive when on the turps.

  4. mike

    Hi Charles,

    Thanks for popping by and posting. It’s good to hear from someone who has actually been at one of the games and can give a first hand view.


  5. wayne

    I was in Melbourne & Sydney for the cricket with the Barmy Army and for the most part the singing was good humoured and a fun time was had by all. I drew a line joining in with the ‘can you hear the Aussies sing’ song because its a football chant and contains the F-word. The main Barmy Army fans appeared to do likewise. The BA are here to promote cricket and have fun. They would be the first to say anything if things got out of order. Kind Regards Wayne

  6. mike

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for the feedback. As I said to Charles, it’s nice to have the viewpoint of someone who was actually there and in the middle of the action rather than having to rely on the media coverage.



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