THE HUNSLET WAR CRY-
"WE'VE SWEPT THE SEAS BEFORE BOYS"
(a Russian Sea Shanty)
Was first sung in 1892 when Hunslet Supporters at the Cemetary Tavern (now called the Parnaby Tavern) were waiting for the New Yorkshire Cup Winners Hunslet to arrive back from Huddersfield where they had Won the cup defeating local rivals Leeds RL 22-0.
The Fans had run out of songs to sing when a British Sailor started singing a Russian Sea Shanty which he had learnt whilst serving along side Russian Sailors at the battle of Sebastapol. Just as they sung the first verse the Hunslet team came round the corner- it was considered a Lucky Omen and was immediately adopted by the Hunslet Team & Fans.
The Hunslet War Cry was often sung by Hunslet fans whenever it looked like Hunslet was going to earn a notible victory- and was always sung alot more
boisterous & heartily when they were playing
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