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Sweet Caroline Origins 09:19 - Jul 8 with 907 viewsartsbossbeard

I was in Boston in 2004 and watched The Red Sox stuff the Minnesota Twins.

The "Bah! Bah! Bah!" thing was chanted all round Fenway Park that day, so had obviously been a staple chant for a while.

Was it a Red Sox thing or had it been used elsewhere previously, anyone know?

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 09:24 - Jul 8 with 874 viewsSteve_M

It's been a staple of T20 cricket over here since about the same time, to the point where it was completely overplayed at one point.

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 09:24 - Jul 8 with 874 viewsArnoldMoorhen

In the UK it's down to David Lloyd singing it over the mic during a break in the Twenty 20 Finals Day one year. And then dressing up as Elvis and doing it again the next year. And repeat. And show it again at random times on Sky. So the Barmy Army took it on and there's cross over between them and England Fans, and between the England cricket trumpeter and the Sheff Wed/England brass band.
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Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:51 - Jul 8 with 749 viewsN2_Blue

“Sweet Caroline” has a long association with sport, particularly in the United States.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team play it at every home game – a tradition dating back to 1997.

It is said the stadium DJ first played it in honour of a baby girl named Caroline, who had just been born to a member of team staff.

https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/sweet-caroline-why-england-fans-sing-football
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Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:54 - Jul 8 with 729 viewsSwansea_Blue

Pretty sure the Portland Sea Dogs played it too when we watched them a few years ago (they're one of Boston Red Sox's feeder teams).

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:55 - Jul 8 with 725 viewsartsbossbeard

Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:51 - Jul 8 by N2_Blue

“Sweet Caroline” has a long association with sport, particularly in the United States.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team play it at every home game – a tradition dating back to 1997.

It is said the stadium DJ first played it in honour of a baby girl named Caroline, who had just been born to a member of team staff.

https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/sweet-caroline-why-england-fans-sing-football


Brilliant, cheers!

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 11:11 - Jul 8 with 685 viewsThe_Last_Baron

Sweet Caroline Origins on 09:24 - Jul 8 by ArnoldMoorhen

In the UK it's down to David Lloyd singing it over the mic during a break in the Twenty 20 Finals Day one year. And then dressing up as Elvis and doing it again the next year. And repeat. And show it again at random times on Sky. So the Barmy Army took it on and there's cross over between them and England Fans, and between the England cricket trumpeter and the Sheff Wed/England brass band.


In the UK Northern Ireland have been singing it since the late 90s. When was Twenty20 cricket invented? 2002?

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 11:30 - Jul 8 with 655 viewsSWGF

We sang it at my cricket club before 2000.

We also sang "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and Peter Sarstedt's "Where do you go to my lovely", so England fans can have one of those instead.

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 11:35 - Jul 8 with 642 viewsTractorWood

Useful. Thanks.

I (clearly wrongly) thought it was a boxing thing that was creeping into football.

I know that was then, but it could be again..
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Sweet Caroline Origins on 11:38 - Jul 8 with 628 viewsWeWereZombies

Sweet Caroline Origins on 11:35 - Jul 8 by TractorWood

Useful. Thanks.

I (clearly wrongly) thought it was a boxing thing that was creeping into football.


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Sweet Caroline Origins on 12:10 - Jul 8 with 581 viewsThe_Romford_Blue

My initiation in the uni football team involved having to sing a karaoke song in front of about 80 people and I went for Sweet Caroline. You also had to down a pint in the gap between the song beginning and the very first word of the song which gave me about 13 seconds to play with.

For a lot of the uni away matches thereafter, the drive back on the coach would involved everyone drinking a bottle of wine (no idea why wine but that was the tradition) in the first hour back and the remaining time being more karaoke and drinking games. Sweet Caroline again would often be my go to choice of song. Towards the end of second year, no matter which team I’d be in, it would be requested as my song from the other lads. Unfortunately covid meant there would be no final year rendition.

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 12:38 - Jul 8 with 544 viewsBloomBlue

Apparently many people thought (think) it's a bit of creepy song especially the lines
Reaching out
Touching me
Touching you

But then he revealed years later it was written after seeing Caroline Kennedy aged 8 in a magazine.. not sure if that helped dispel the creepies about the song
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Sweet Caroline Origins on 12:50 - Jul 8 with 516 viewsfactual_blue

Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:51 - Jul 8 by N2_Blue

“Sweet Caroline” has a long association with sport, particularly in the United States.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team play it at every home game – a tradition dating back to 1997.

It is said the stadium DJ first played it in honour of a baby girl named Caroline, who had just been born to a member of team staff.

https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/sweet-caroline-why-england-fans-sing-football


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I thought his appearance on ITV last night was hilarious. He clearly had no idea what he was being made to talk about.

I also enjoyed Mr Keane's story about how he got into a row with a woman sat next to him at a Neil Diamond concert, presumably the one at Portman Road.

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Sweet Caroline Origins on 13:19 - Jul 8 with 477 viewsRadlett_blue

Sweet Caroline Origins on 10:51 - Jul 8 by N2_Blue

“Sweet Caroline” has a long association with sport, particularly in the United States.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team play it at every home game – a tradition dating back to 1997.

It is said the stadium DJ first played it in honour of a baby girl named Caroline, who had just been born to a member of team staff.

https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/sweet-caroline-why-england-fans-sing-football


I was in Brisbane watching an Australia v England ODI in 2014 & they were still playing "Rock and Roll, Part 2". Presumably news of Mr Gadd's prison sentences for child sex offences hadn't reached Australia, or they simply didn't care.
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Sweet Caroline Origins on 19:08 - Jul 9 with 348 viewsBlueandTruesince82

Sweet Caroline Origins on 09:24 - Jul 8 by Steve_M

It's been a staple of T20 cricket over here since about the same time, to the point where it was completely overplayed at one point.


Always sung at the boxing as well...

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