I’ve just finished reading Going Barmy: Despatches from a cricket foot soldier, by Paul Winslow.
As this book reveals, there’s much more to the Barmy Army than hour-long chants of ‘Barmy Army’ during Test Matches. The Barmy Army was the name given by the Australian press to sections of the England cricket team’s overseas supporters. They follow England wherever they play, and Paul Winslow gives an insider’s account of what it is like.
One of the happiest moments for the Barmy Army was when Mitchell Johnson was castled first ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground. As he walked out to bat, Johnson was greeted with a song the Barmy Army had composed for him. In the video below, at 2.20 you can hear this song, then at 3.25 he’s out for a duck, and the Army explodes.
At the MCG, the England team show their appreciation of the Army: