Who started seven nation army

Doug Funnie's picture
January 30, 2012 at 12:53p

I had a debate the other night with one of my friends on which school started the seven nation army chant.  He said PSU, I said OSU.  I was in B deck in the south stands when OSU played the night game vs USC.  The score board operator played it once and the student section got nuts.  Then later in the game students started chanting it until it got so loud the score board operator put the song back on.  The next week when OSU played Toledo in Cleveland Browns stadium TBDBITL played seven nation army, and the rest is history.  I always thought OSU started one of the more popular recent game day chants, if I am wrong thats fine, I just want to know if anyone has any info on who started this chant?

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Jim Marshall's picture

Started in Europe during football matches..   As all good chants do...

BED's picture

Started in Europe during football soccer matches..   As all good chants do...



The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
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Doug Funnie's picture

Thanks guys I guess my friend and I were both wrong. Those European fans sure get rowdy

cplunk's picture

If you ever get the chance to go to a match over there, do it! Don't wear any jersey or the colors of either team- just show up, tell the folks around you that you are a dumb American who doesn't know crap about soccer but wants to learn, and buy the first round for everyone in the seats around you. You'll have a blast with all the cheers and the game. Doesn't even matter if you like soccer or even know who ends up winning.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Hoping my passport comes thru here soon so I can go to the UK for 2 weeks in March. Hoping to catch Chelsea vs. Napoli in Champion's League action, as well as Bolton @ Villa and the Villa @ the Arsenal. You could say I'm a little excited. I will probably wear my Villa shirt to Stamford Bridge. (That, or at least my Tim Couch Browns jersey.) If somebody wants to fight me over my clothes, then I guess I'll deal with it when I get there. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

William's picture

Awesome. Would love to see Villa @Arsenal. 

BucksfanXC's picture

I went to see Fulham v Aston Villa at Craven's Cottage in 05. They ask you your address when you buy tickets and we told them we were from America so they just wrote "Americans" on that spot on the tickets and seated us in the "Neutral" stands. We were surrounded by the more tame of the away crowd basically. So we chatted it up with some old dudes, who were nice enough until the end of the game when the only American on the field, my favorite and the reason I chose to follow Fulham, Brian McBride, had scored two goals. The old dudes were Villa fans and they weren't happy that we cheered for Fulham goals.

I was amazed by the age of the stadium, the turnstyles were so narrow most NFL fans wouldn't even fit. There were cops everywhere and they were mounted for crowd controll after the game. The subway ride afterwards is where I learned more about futbol than from any other source. The highlight of the night, besides the American stealing the show, was the 8yr old in front of us cussing out the old dude Aston Villa fans after each goal.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Doug Funnie's picture

Attending a soccer game overseas is on the bucket list, as well as seeing OSU play on the road in every big ten stadium

JakeBuckeye's picture

Euro soccer team. Penn State got it from them. We got it from Penn State. Now everyone does it.

Bucksfan's picture

According to the 11W Dubcasters Luke and Johnny, it most certainly started on this side of the Atlantic with Penn State.  It is something that would be best for Ohio State to try to phase out.  Anything associated with Penn State football needs go bye-bye for a while.  Every time I hear that f'ing chant I think of their white-outs.  It has no place in the Horseshoe as far as I'm concerned.

Johnny Ginter's picture

preeetttyyy sure luke mentioned it started in europe, although i think luke got the actual location incorrect

Bucksfan's picture

Yeah, I meant regarding where it started State-side.

Johnny Ginter's picture

oh then yeah, PSU did it first

popeurban's picture

Totally PSU.  I remember being so envious that they did it. 

rampageripster's picture

I don't get this attitude... at all.  It's a cheer, pretty much everyone in the world does it, it gets the stadium on their feet and loud, and it seems to have been embraced by the teams.  If you don't like it, then don't do it.


It may have "started" in the college football world as a stadium wide cheer at PSU, but the song had been played as arena pump up music by many pro teams for longer.  It is a staple in most marching bands' repitoire.  Now that EVERYONE is doing it, I think it will become like the "Hey" song, a stadium anthem that peaked at one time to be repalced by something different.


So quit your hum-bugging and just be happy that they are cheering.

Cause I couldn't go for three

awwwwwwop's picture

My high school was doing it in 2004 so I think who started it is kind of a silly thing anyway. I have always associated PSU with Zombie Nation.  Like when the OSU scoreboard operator played it after we lost the ball on 4th down this year.  Really stupid because it got their fans and players excited.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I've heard the PSU band play the song when they're on offense, but I've never seen their fans really jump and sing to it (other than that one night in front of Joe Pa's house or whatever, but that was very recent).  It's kind of like when Wishagain fans say that "We did Script Ohio first!"  Yes, you may have done a block formation that looked like the word Ohio in cursive writing, but we took what was just a simple formation and turned it into our own great tradition.  It would be 5% as notable as it is today if we just went with Wishagain's simple block formation of it.  It's kind of like this with the song - we do our own thing with it, PSU does their own thing with it.  Now everyone seems to be doing that song - Wishagain (go figure, if you can't beat 'em more than once a decade, join 'em, right?), an increasing number of other schools, and now even some pro teams are playing that song during their games (Ravens, heard an ORGAN VERSION OF IT!  Either hockey or basketball game, I forget). 

I don't think we should stop it.  Everyone's doing it - and like what's said above - it was started in European soccer.  And probably before that, White Stripes concerts!  Penn State didn't invent it.

Class of 2010.

rampageripster's picture

No, PSU did it A LOT... it got replaced by "Zombie Nation"... but they still chant it a lot, though it's not their go to cheer anymore.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Riggins's picture

I'd rather have "OOOOOOOOOOO-H-I-O!" for kickoffs over 7NA anyday.  And I'm still fairly young.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

^So much this.... we have our own traditions. We don't need to be copying other people's pseudo-traditions. I like when there's no music leading up to kickoff (save for maybe one of the big drum guys steadily beating the big drum as the players line up for the kick). I think it's more intimidating to just here deafening crowd noise and not some stupid chant with a song in the background.

awwwwwwop's picture

Every game I went to starts with Seven Nation Army to pump up the players and then blends into the prekick OOOOOOO.  I always thought that was a cool transition.

"Who cares? Go Bucks." - Aaron Untch

DefendOhio's picture

This chant needs to die. It's so unoriginal. Everyone does it!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I totally agree, and I swear I heard it first in Happy Valley.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

CGroverL's picture

I know... I'm just a long haired metalhead... but if there is any song that would get a crowd hyped up it would be "Raining Blood" by Slayer. I can't see any chants coming from the song, but watching the team run out to that song would be totally sick and unbelievable. You would forget all about The White Stripes very quickly.


Go Bucks, and down with using 7NA!

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



Run_Fido_Run's picture

Playing "Raining Blood" might be a copyright violation. I think Kyle Kalis already laid claim to it as his theme song.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Iv'e heard Slayer played in the Horseshoe. I think they played the beginning of Bloodline. Badass guitar riffs. Real deep menacing sounding. I loved it. Of course it was during a game against Marshall though. haha  I think the OSU band should start a new trend, and play Bloodline by Slayer.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.