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Throwback Thursday: 25 Years Since Wheelbarrow Song First Sung

16 April 2015

The media team delve into the archives…

The famous terrace chant was first sung 25 years ago, at Shrewsbury Town’s Gay Meadow on April 17th 1990.

The story if believed, some supporters may have different versions, begins with Town going 2-0 ahead against Neil Warnock’s Magpies.

Notts were struggling to find any rhythm in a crucial match as they looked to clinch a playoff position with seven games to go.

The home side began to sing a chant to the tune of ‘On Top Of Old Smokey’, however Notts supporters behind the goal interrupted the Shropshire accent into ‘I Had A Wheelbarrow, The Wheel Fell Off’. Thus the song was born and minutes later, Notts scored twice through Tommy Johnson and Kevin Bartlett.

Notts remained unbeaten until the end of the season and reached Wembley. The Wheelbarrow Song was sung under the Twin Towers as Notts beat Tranmere and stuck with the fan base all the way until the top tier.

Join the conversation on the club’s social media pages. Were you there at Shrewsbury that night? Do you have a different version of events? Is it the best chant in the Football League?

The club would like to thank Bowles Associates, JMS Photography, Action Images, Dan Westwell and the Nottingham Post for supporting the NCFC History archives. 

Look out for more classic photographs every Thursday.

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