Carl

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oy, Oy phht?

Ooooooookay, some person trademarks a crowd yell (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oy, Oy, Oy) and the country is up in arms about it (well the current affairs programs are anyway). . .
While I sit here listening to Dave Gilmour, I’ve been stewing over this trademark rubbish, and where the hell it came from (the call) in the first place. Now if anyone has ever heard of Max Boyce, you’d know where I”m going with this. I remember seeing him live in Sydney in the late 70’s – the LP I have of his here is dated ’78 (live at Maesteg) which starts off with a lead in to ”Sospan Fach” which ends with ”Oggy, Oggy, Oggy – Oy, Oy, Oy” <- where have you seen that before!!
Every sporting match I saw from the late 70’s, early 80’s had Australian crowds shouting ”Oz-zee” followed by three hearty claps, this Aussie, Aussie, Aussie thing has only been around for maybe 10 or 15 years.

Now lets do some maths. 2004 minus 10 or 15 equals 1994 and 1989 – oooookay (remembering Max Boyce and his Oggy, Oggy call), this Australian call is still like 10 or 15 years behind Max.
For clarity, I’ve emailed the man himself to find out when he started that ”Oggy, Oggy Oggy – Oy, Oy, Oy” call, if not for history sake then just for mine.

It’s like when you hear announcers announcing (yes they do that *grin*) a band as English when they actually come from Wales – take Badfinger for a start, or Budgie. It seems like that unless your name is Tom Jones you’re gunna get stiffed.
Another way they manage to avoid the countries name is by calling the person British, like say Sir Anthony Hopkins, the great British actor – ummm why not Sir Anthony Hopkins, the great WELSH actor. If he was English, they’d call him English – def not British.
Credit where credit is due yeh!
Some other famous Welsh People for you to consider:
Dylan Thomas
Roger Glover (Deep Purple) born on a farm in the Brecons (so I heard)
Badfinger
Budgie
Man
Catatonia
Richard Burton
nnahh bugger it, I could go on for hours…

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