Merseyside has a rich Viking heritage – so after conquering Europe for the sixth time the most appropriate celebration for Reds fans was a rousing rendition of the famous Viking thunderclap.
Reds fan Kyle Bradford filmed these celebrating Liverpool supporters on the steps of St Luke’s Church on Berry Street, commonly known as the ‘bombed out church’, recreating the iconic celebration.
The intimidating slow chant, accompanied with a unanimous single clap, first came into the public consciousness at Euro 2016 where Iceland supporters saluted their side’s march to the quarter-finals with the celebration.
It was quickly adopted by other countries with hosts France marking their semi-final victory over Germany with a rendition of the chant.
The celebration has been described as a ‘Viking war chant,’ and most people assume the song comes from an ancient pre-battle ritual.
However, according to Icelandic publication Morgunbladid, the song was adopted by Icelandic club Stjarnan on a trip to Scottish side, Motherwell.
Fans of the Reykjavik-based side were first introduced to the terrifying terrace chant in a Europa League game with Scottish Premier League side, Motherwell! Motherwell’s slow-cap then evolves into the club’s trademark song, ‘Since I Was Young.’
Merseyside is full of Viking place names – particularly ones ending in -by, -teth and -wall.
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That means places including Crosby, West Kirby, Formby, West Derby, Greasby, Kirkby, Croxteth, Toxteth, Heswall, Childwall and Thingwall all have a history as Viking settlements.
But there are many more, from Aintree to Kirkdale, Aigburth to Tranmere.
Dr Steve Harding, a Viking expert at Nottingham University, explained: “Aintree means one tree. Toxteth means ‘Toki stadir’ – Toki was a first name, and it means Toki’s landing place. You find this all over Merseyside.”
You could also find Viking war chants last night, too!
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