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Hieronymus Bosch
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Watched the first half of the Old Firm game earlier (I turned it off at the interval because Celtic were blatantly not trying), and when Artur Boruc fumbled Boyd's weak shot to give the Huns their first goal, the Ibrox PA system played 'Tom Hark' by the Piranhas.

And then I was channel-flicking a little while ago and stumbled upon Linfield v Dungannon on BBC 2 Northern Ireland. Linfield scored a goal, and the Windsor Park tannoy blasted out another few bars of 'Tom Hark'.

Does this piece of music have some obscure loyalist connotations that I haven't been told about?

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Harry Carpenter
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I don't think so, it just seems to have infected football grounds in the last 5 years or so.

Whenever I hear it I wonder why more people don't play 'Summer Fun' by The Barracudas, they were either in the chart (and on TOTP) at the same time or it's a fish reference that links them in my mind.

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G-Man
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"Tom Hark" is an old South African kwela tune. Annoys me that everybody associates it with the Piranhas.

Just as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is associated with all kinds of US goons and The Lion King, but the South African guy who composed it never saw a red cent for it.

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Spearmint Rhino
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The original of "Tom Hark" is by Elias And His Zig Zag Jive Flutes. I have no idea why I remember that.
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Does anyone know where the tune made it's first appearance on the terraces? You know, in how we can trace 'Go West' back to half time of the PSG - Arsenal Cup Winners Cup Semi Final in 1994, when the score was 'one-nil to the Arsenal'.

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AFC Bournemouth used to repeatedly sing the praises of 'star' striker Tony Funnell using that song. That was around the 81-82 season.
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Billy Casper
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When the song was originally in the charts Barnsley fans would sing;

Rotherham sing
I don't know why
'Cos after the match
They're gonna die.

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G-Man
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See, SR, I didn't know that. Only that it is a South African tune which most people think is not South African. I hope Elias and pals got royalties out of "Tom Hark".
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"Does anyone know where the tune made it's first appearance on the terraces? You know, in how we can trace 'Go West' back to half time of the PSG - Arsenal Cup Winners Cup Semi Final in 1994, when the score was 'one-nil to the Arsenal'."

The first time I heard it played as a goal jingle was at Turf Moor about 2001/2? The idea was nicked by the Bramall Lane DJ who released it as a CD under the name of "The Der-der-der song" by "The Gaz band" It all went to his head a bit with hopes of a Top of The Pops appearance. He probably has about 50,000 unsold copies in his garage.
There have been half hearted pleas on the Blades forum to drop the goal jingle as anyone with a braincell finds it a bit embarrassing. Unfortunately, we have about 25,000 morons who are quite happy to wave their arms around to the tune after every goal. I hope they did'nt buy the CD.

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