Last night I watched Aberdeen lose to a Nikica Jelavic’s spectacular overhead kick for Rangers to beat Aberdeen at Pittodrie. (Aberdeen were very unlucky if you ask me and deserved at least a draw)
I always enjoy the game because of the large support Rangers take with them (Aberdeen home support was pitiful last night) and the banter between the fans.
However as Rangers face fresh sectarian charges from Uefa for singing sectarian chanting which could lead to them being thrown out of Europe. I thought it was interesting that even though they are no longer able to sing their famous ‘Billy Boys’ song but now they were all humming the tune, where is it’s roots.
Therefore why do the Rangers fans do this with such passion? What is the Billy Boys all about? Do they actually know their history of the roots of the song or are they just going along with the crowd.
For all of you uneducated Rangers Fans please find below the Origins of the Billy Boys song.
Billy Boys originated in the 1920s as the signature tune of the Brigton Boys, a Protestant street gang in Glasgow led by Billy Fullerton. The gang often clashed with Catholic gangs such as the Norman Conks.
Fullerton was a former member of the British Fascists, and was awarded a medal for strike-breaking during the 1926 General Strike. The song’s geographic roots relate to Bridgeton Cross in Bridgeton, an area of Glasgow historically associated with the city’s Protestant population, and with Scottish unionism. Brigton is the Scots form of Bridgeton. Fenian in the context of this song is understood by some to refer to Irish republicans, but in the case of Rangers fans it refers to all Irish Roman Catholics.
So Billy Fullerton was a former British Facists whose movement was formed in 1923 by Miss Rotha Lintorn-Orman in the aftermath of Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome, and originally operated under the Italian-sounding name British Fascisti.
Mussolini was raised by a devoutly Catholic mother and an anti-clerical father. His mother Rosa had him baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, and took her children to services every Sunday. His father never attended. Mussolini regarded his time at a religious boarding school as punishment, compared the experience to hell, and “once refused to go to morning mass and had to be dragged there by force”.
Mussolini would become anti-clerical like his father. As a young man, he “proclaimed himself to be an atheist and several times tried to shock an audience by calling on God to strike him dead.” He denounced socialists who were tolerant of religion, or who had their children baptized. He believed that science had proven there was no God, and that the historical Jesus was ignorant and mad. He considered religion a disease of the psyche, and accused Christianity of promoting resignation and cowardice.
Therefore as Rangers Fans are supposed to be devout Protestants which is one of the three major divisions within Christianity, along with Catholicism and Orthodoxy. You have more in common with your Celtic brothers than you do with the atheist Mussolini who is the behind the roots of the British Fascists party. The Party that Billy Fullerton joined and then came up with the famous song which your are now only allowed to hum.
So next time you are ready to sing your famous song (or hum it). Have a think about where it came from and what it means? I might be wrong thats its roots came from an Atheist Itlian who was raised as a Catholic. But maybe i might just be right. Perhaps its time to stop. Please find below a transcript of the Aetheist Italian Fascist Chant the Billy Boys
We are the Billy Boys
You’ll know us by our noise
We’re up to our knees in fenian blood
Surrender or you’ll die
For we are
The Brigton Derry Boys