It’s our Cup Final, it’s our anthem. Simple.

The Welsh Sports Minister (I know, I didn’t know they had one either) Rhodri Glyn Thomas has called for “common sense to prevail” and for the Welsh National Anthem to be played before the FA Cup Final.

He said:

I hope the FA is going to be sensible about things because there will be great disappointment in Wales if we’re not allowed to sing the national anthem.

What a complete crock. “Common sense” would suggest that the team represesting the capital city of Wales would play in the Welsh League, but Cardiff City very happily play in the English league where the money they obtain far outweighs that of the Welsh Premier League.

If the Canaries decided to play in the Welsh League and insisted that “God Save the Queen” was played before the Cup Final I think we all know what would happen. You want the Welsh anthem? Get to the Welsh FA Cup Final. It’s the English FA Cup Final, it’s the English ruddy anthem that must be played.

Gwyn Davies from the Valley Rams Supporters Club has got his head screwed on:

I don’t think we should distract from what’s going on – on the pitch. There’s no prouder Welshman than me but this is not the time and the place.

It’s not Wales v England, it’s two teams in the English FA Cup final.

This smacks of a politician trying to jump on some sort of bandwagon in the hope of keeping “his” people happy. Well I’m sorry Mr. Thomas but no. Not having it I’m afraid.

Incidentally I don’t think Cardiff should be allowed to play in Europe should they win either but that’s a whole other debate that we’ll have if and when we need to. They knew the rules when they chose to stay in the English league so to quote my dear old mum, “sorry, but tough”.


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About the Author: A Norwich City fan who still loves Grant Holt, just. When I visit Fortress Carrow Road I can usually be found in the Jarrold Stand with a cornish pasty in one hand and a kit-kat in the other.

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  1. joe says:

    You’re not the first one to get it wrong and you won’t be the last, but God Save The Queen is NOT the National Anthem of England.

    It’s not even the “English ruddy anthem” either, it’s the anthem of the United Kingdom.

    I’m English and I would like to have a National Anthem (like everyone else), but don’t tell me God Save The Queen is the national anthem of England.

    It isn’t and never has been.

  2. joe says:

    … oh and it’s not the “The English Football League”, it’s “The Football League”

  3. The Guru says:

    Quite right on the first point Joe, England doesn’t technically have a national anthem so we use God Save the Queen.

    The point is that we shouldn’t be forced to play the Welsh anthem just because Cardiff got to the final.

    You’ve lost me on the second point though. Where have I said “The English Football League”?

  4. Cardiff Lad says:

    We had a poll on the Cardiff City website of which 90% of Cardiff fans said they did not want the Welsh National Anthem played. This politition shot his mouth off before consulting club or fans. Most Cardiff fans are embarassed by the whole thing.

  5. Dave Cardiff says:

    no to the Welsh National Anthem at Wembley, we are
    guests, simple as. its the English Fa and its in England and if they wish to play their anthem its up to them. This dickhead politician makes us look like moaning muslims when in fact, we all agree… theres no reason to play our anthem there!!… the only other dickhead who has annoyed me is that Alan Parry likening our National Anthem to ‘Blowing Bubbles’…. ignorant fool. still it was our pillock who started it eh?

  6. Russ says:

    Common sense really has prevailed – the Welsh National Anthem WILL be played before the FA Cup final starts. To all the moaners, get over yourselves – you quite happily made your way to our national stadium when yours was being built by the Chuckle brothers.

  7. Jason says:

    Guru, you mentioned that you were lost on the second point “where have I said the English Football League” I think that may be interpreted as the case when you were trying to introduce a far more contentious point “They knew the rules when they chose to stay in the English league so to quote my dear old mum, “sorry, but tough”.
    Hopefully to keep your fortress happy, Portsmouth will do the job.

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