For he’s a jolly good fellow


March 27, 1920
An amazing incident occurred in Manchester on Saturday while the King, accompanied by Labour Lord Mayor (Alderman Tom Fox), was motoring to the Manchester City v. Liverpool football match.

Outside the Didsbury Hotel 40 men stood bareheaded to attention until the King was passing. When their leader cried, “Gentlemen, the King.” 41 glasses were raised for the novel toast.

More than 40,000 people cheered as the King walked on to the football field at Hyde-road. After shaking hands with the members of the two teams he entered a special box in the grand stand.

Cheers again broke out, and those in the stand sang “For he’s a jolly good fellow.” The King followed the game with marked attention. Once when the ball struck the referee he joined in the general laughter.
(London Daily Mail: March 29, 1920)

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