Victory March (fight song)

"Victory March" is the fight song for the University of Notre Dame. The Rev. Michael J. Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame graduate, wrote the music, and his brother, John F. Shea, who earned degrees from Notre Dame in 1906 and 1908, wrote the original lyrics. The lyrics were revised in the 1920s; Victory March first appeared under the copyright of the University of Notre Dame in 1928.

The chorus of the song is one of the most recognizable collegiate fight songs in the world and was ranked first among fight songs by Northern Illinois University Professor William Studwell, who remarked it was "more borrowed, more famous and, frankly, you just hear it more."[1]

Other versions

In 1961, Notre Dame and other musical houses granted the South Melbourne Football Club (currently the Sydney Swans), an Australian rules football team in the Australian Football League (AFL), a copyright to adapt the Victory March into their own club song, "Cheer, Cheer the Red and the White," which begins "Cheer, cheer the red and the white / honour the name by day and by night". Previously, the Swans' club song had been an adaptation of Springtime in the Rockies by Gene Autry.[2]

Port Adelaide has also used an adapted version of the Victory March since 1971, only reflecting the team's colors of black and white. When Port entered the AFL, their senior team changed their club song to the original song Power To Win after their new nickname by Cold Chisel's Les Kaczmarek and Quentin Eyers, while their South Australian National Football League team kept their song. The East Fremantle Football Club, which plays in the West Australian Football League (WAFL/WAWFL), also uses the melody, with the words only slightly altered from the Swans version, including the East Fremantle club colours of blue and white. Launceston Football Club which plays in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) also uses the melody, again with the club colours of blue and white.

On the international side, the Northern Lights (AFL Canada- National Women's team) and the Northwind (AFL Canada - National Men's team), who are competing at the AFL International Cup held in Melbourne every 3 years or at the Parallel Cup against the USAFL, also use the song, with the club's colours of red and white. Same for the Ottawa Swans Men's and Women's teams playing in the AFL Ontario league. The song is also used by the USAFL's Chicago Swans and Houston Lonestars, with the later using the words "red, white, and blue" as those are that team's colors.


  1. ^ "Irish fight song deemed better than M's 'Victors'". The Michigan Daily News. September 11, 2003. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Sydney Swans Club Song

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Cartier Field was a stadium in South Bend, Indiana. It hosted the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1900 to 1928, and held nearly 30,000 people at its peak. The stands were torn down after the 1928 season to make room for Notre Dame Stadium, which opened in 1930. Notre Dame played its entire 1929 schedule away from campus ("home" games were at Chicago's Soldier Field), but nevertheless went 9-0 and won the National Championship. At Coach Knute Rockne's insistence, Cartier Field's grass was transplanted into Notre Dame Stadium.For more than 30 years after the football team moved out, Cartier Field remained the home of Notre Dame's baseball and track and field teams. In 1962, the original Cartier Field was replaced by a quadrangle adjoining the Memorial Library, which opened in 1963, and a new facility named Cartier Field was opened east of Notre Dame Stadium. Since 2008, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has held outdoor practices at the LaBar Football Practice Fields, and indoor practices at Meyo Field in the Loftus Center.It was named after Warren A. Cartier, an 1887 civil engineering graduate and former member of the football team who purchased 10 acres (40,000 m2) and donated it to the University for establishment of the Field. He also paid for furnishing the lumber required to enclose the Field with fencing and furnished the lumber required for a grandstand.

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