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Non league team's stadium announcer had to sing 'God Save The King'

Ryan Sidle

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Non league team's stadium announcer had to sing 'God Save The King'

Chesham United didn't have the audio for God Save The King for their FA Cup game with Bracknell Town on Friday night so the stadium announcer had to sing it himself, as you can see in the video below.

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Last weekend, the Football Association, Premier League and Football League decided to cancel all football, from the very top of the pyramid to kids football, following the Queen's death on September 8th.

Fixtures restarted last Monday and have been going on throughout the week, although some Premier League games have had to be postponed again because of policing issues.

This weekend sees the second qualifying round of the FA Cup take place, still two months before the league clubs are involved and four months before the Premier League teams turn up.

At all games over the next few days there will be a minute's silence ahead of games, as well as the national anthem being played, and a minute's applause at the 70 minute mark, to commemorate the Queen's 70 years as Monarch.

Aston Villa and Southampton players observe a minute's silence ahead of their game on Friday. Image: Alamy
Aston Villa and Southampton players observe a minute's silence ahead of their game on Friday. Image: Alamy

The national anthem has of course changed, with King Charles III now the reigning Monarch, but clearly Chesham didn't have the right song to play.

Ahead of their cup game against Bracknell they needed a solution, otherwise they'd have been playing God Save The Queen, and that's where the stadium announcer stepped up.

He improvised by singing the whole thing himself, which is in fairness better than him just interrupting a recording of the previous version just to shout 'King' over every 'Queen.'

"He only had to do a quick search on Spotify or a similar site to get an instrumental version of the national anthem and he could have played that through the tannoy," one commenter pointed out.

Another correctly critiqued the performance, saying, "He needed to da the da-da-da rise to make it perfect!"

"Loved that. Well done mate. Even had a waaayy heyyy at the start like someone had dropped a glass in a pub!!" another added.

"Please can all today’s matchday announcer’s do this today," said another.

Chesham and Bracknell players on the centre circle for the singing of God Save The King. Image: Twitter
Chesham and Bracknell players on the centre circle for the singing of God Save The King. Image: Twitter

The two sides had both scored four goals in their wins in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, Chesham beating Beaconsfield Town 4-2 and Bracknell winning 4-1 against Harrow Borough, and on Friday they shared four goals between them.

The game finished 2-2, with an extremely dramatic ending that saw an extremely late goal in injury time, to take the two teams into a replay.

The first half finished 0-0 but the away side took the lead in the 57th minute, when Jordan Espirit scored from the spot, before substitute Karl Oliyide scored in the 75th minute.

Oliyide proved why his manager brought him off the bench when he put Chesham ahead for the first time on the night, converting an 80th minute penalty.

However it wasn't enough for the win, as George Knight scored a 98th minute equaliser, beating two defenders before slotting home, meaning the two sides will have to do it again, this time in Bracknell.

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: FA Cup

Ryan Sidle
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