When The Saints Go Marching In in sport

"When the Saints Go Marching In" is used by a number of teams in various sports. It may be used as the team's theme song or reserved for when they score. It may be used with the standard lyrics, specialized lyrics, or no lyrics at all.
When sung by a crowd, it is often started at a very slow tempo, around 70 beats per minute. The next verse is then dramatically sped up to somewhere around 140 beats per minute.
The following is a partial list of notable uses.

Teams / Clubs

American football

Australian Rules Football

Association Football

In various varieties of professional football, the teams using it include (in alphabetical order):


Rugby Union

Rugby League

Other sports

In ice hockey:

  • It is played by the St. Louis Blues of the NHL when the team scores as well as at the beginning of the game and at the end of each period. Its use stems from the first years of the Blues, as initially the strongest of the NHL's late-1960s expansion teams, and was sung by fans as "When the Blues go marching in..." Sometimes, Blues fans change verses to "Oh when the Cup comes to St. Loo/ Oh when the Cup comes to St. Loo/ Oh Lord I want to be in that number/ When the Blues come marching in."

It is the college basketball fight song of, among others:

In college basketball, it is chanted by the Oregon student section (the Oregon Pit Crew), replacing "Saints" with "Ducks".

It is often played by the pep band during breaks in play. However, none of these teams use a true Dixieland version, but a version more suited to a college fight song.

It is played by St. Mary's School Yala, a high school in Kenya.


St Kilda Saints Football Club version lyrics

This has been in use since the 1970s by the St. Kilda Saints Football Club. The version of the song was recorded by the Fable Singers by permission under license and only mentions the St. Kilda Football Club. The Official St. Kilda Football Club song is played at the ground when the St. Kilda Football Club Players run out before a game and after a St. Kilda victory in the Australian Football League, followed by a hearty rendition of the song by the players in the rooms after the match (it is broadcast by permission).

Oh when the Saints, go marching in,
Oh when the Saints go marching in,
Oh how I want to be with St Kilda,
Oh when the Saints go marching in.
Oh when the Saints (Oh when the Saints), go marching in (go marching in),
Oh when the Saints go marching in,
Oh how I want to be with St Kilda,
Oh when the Saints go marching in.

St George Illawarra Dragons

Often sung by the parochial supporters of the Dragons (dubbed the "Dragon Army"), the version of the song used is very similar to St Kilda's. This version does, however, remain loyal to the original, with the third line of both stanzas being "I wanna be in that number".

On rare occasion, further verses are sung by the "Dragon Army".

Providence College Friars

Saints was not originally used, but rather Friar Away, a typical college fight song. However, in the 1950s, a local radio station, WPRO-AM, began using it as the theme music to their coverage of P.C. basketball games. The fans took to it so well that it has become the fight song of the college, with Friar Away slipping into obscurity, save for a brief revival in the late 1990s.