Why do Dortmund fans sing YNWA?
Why do Dortmund fans sing YNWA? Reason behind famous You’ll Never Walk Alone anthem
The YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) song was composed by ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ and released in the year 1963. Since then, this song has created a close relationship between many fans and their respected Football Club. Though YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) has long been synonymous with Liverpool fans, played at Anfield before every home game, it’s also a club anthem for German side Borussia Dortmund. Here is why Dortmund fans sing YNWA.
Though Liverpool fans’ relationship with the song begins with local band ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ covering the original version (originally by Rogers & Hammerstein) back in the 1960s, Borussia Dortmund’s connection only started to rise in the mid-1990s. Borussia Dortmund band ‘Pur Harmony’ at that time was asked to cover the song in 1996, and the band listened to this request. Though the singer, ‘Matthias Kartner’ had doubts about covering a song so closely attached to Liverpool and their supporters, but they still went ahead with it.
At first, ‘Pur Harmony’ claimed that they found it difficult because of the harmony of the music. But a week later they were successful in making the recording for the Borussia Dortmund Fans. The ‘Pur Harmony’ band, who are all Borussia Dortmund fans, had already covered ‘Go West’ for the club that became already popular, with almost 50,000 copies of the recording being sold.
Reportedly, then the band gave this recording to Borussia Dortmund’s stadium speaker management, and since then it is loved by the Dortmund Fans. Borussia Dortmund still knew it was a Liverpool fans’ chant but they decided to sing it along before every matchday. But ‘Matthias Kartner’ is keen to still credit Liverpool and their supporters’ close connection to this song. Real reason behind why do Dortmund fans sing YNWA? is quite simple.
What other clubs sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’?
Not only Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund Fans sing the YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone), other European Giant’s fans also sing this anthem. Scottish Side Celtic, as well as, the fans of Dutch side FC Twente sing it before each home match.
Clubs like FC Feyenoord and SC Cambuur also sing this anthem, along with other German Clubs like, Mainz, and clubs like Club Brugge and FC Tokyo also enjoy singing it.
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