Watch: The amazing reaction to the Welsh national anthem
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is the great anthem of all time – well by Welsh people at least.
As today marks Dydd Miwsig Cymru – Welsh Language Music Day, we thought we would mark this annual celebration of the Land of Song by showing you what we consider to be the greatest reaction to the Welsh national anthem you will ever see.
It comes from a superb video put together by Welsh football Tik Tok account CymruJames.
The footage is actually from Wales’ World Cup play off clash with the Republic of Ireland in 2017, but was resurrected and brilliantly repurposed by the Tik Tok user, who found the original video on YouTube posted by Irish fan, Ben Farrell.
It features an amazing reaction from Ben in the away end at the Cardiff City Stadium who cannot believe what he is hearing, so amazed is he by the collective vocal power of 30,000 Welsh fans belting out our incredible anthem.
As the anthem gets underway and surges ahead he’s heard to say ‘this is great’, by the time it reaches the swelling chorus of ‘Gwlad! Gwlad!’ he’s singing along and as the anthem’s closing line of ‘O Bydded i’r Heniaith Barhau’, he’s lost in reverie and wonder, all he can do is exclaim WOAAAAHHHH!
And let’s be honest who can blame him.
You know it’s a special anthem when your opposition sings it. Fair play to the Irish fans for the respect they showed.
Although we’ll forget about the result on the pitch that night.
Dydd Miwsig Cymru Hapus! / Happy Welsh Language Music Day everybody!
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Dw’in meddwl ei fod yn ceisio dweud “cerddoriaeth”, efallai na all ei sillafu 😀
I’m not surprised at his reaction, when they used to screen the words to both home and away teams’ anthems at the (then) Millennium Stadium, everybody would belt out both anthems – who doesn’t love ‘O Flower of Scotland’ or ‘Nkosi Sikelel iAfrica’?
It’s to the WRU’s discredit that tradition was stopped, and I, for one, would like to see it re-instated.
Excellent post mate…and .would add La Marseillaise…
You’ve both missed the point of the singing of anthems (though you’re by far not the only ones).
Anthems are sung to motivate the team you support not motivate the opponents.
Yet significant numbers of supporters of Cymru belt out the opposition’s anthem just for their own self indulgent pleasure.
It’s probable that these – the day’s about me me me – supporters of Cymru will make the singing of Flower of Scotland so loud next week that the Scots can imagine they’re playing at home.
Take a look at Kizzy Crawford’s lovely version of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau on YouTube — just her and a guitar. Hyfryd iawn!
Can’t beat Cardiff City stadium and a Cymru game for the anthem. It’s quite an atmosphere and great setup there.
Isn’t it great that they’re now singing the anthem at the soccer games as well.
I love to hear the Iish sing Fields of Athan Rye too!