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Sunday, 28 August 2011

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The singing of West Ham fans during their nPower Championship football match against Nottingham Forest today has been praised by a top music expert.

Hammers fans were in fine voice at Forest's City Ground as they watched their team take a 3-0 lead at half time. The traditional "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" was ringing out of the East Midlands with gusto.

Prof TP Mozart, head of football music studies at the Royal Acadeemy of Music, said: "They're a proper clever bunch, them Irons fans, and no mistake.

"They sings the first part of the song up to 'then like my dreams, they fade and die' and they finds they're in too high a key for the next part, 'Fortune's always hiding' and to a man, they drops an octave.

"It's a brilliant example of unplanned but communal understanding. 'ar they does it week in week aht is a mystery, but one we're 'avin' a butcher's at dahn 'ere at the Royal."

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