She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, The Arsenal’s Wembley Song

The Arsenal first wore a golden Yellow shirt in the FA CUP final in 1950 and again in the 1971 final. From elder fan’s I have spoke to the “she wore a yellow ribbon” song was sung in the late 50’s but took until the 70’s to really become popular.

Like all football songs old and new they are ripped off from a popular song and ‘she wore a yellow ribbon’ comes from a 1949 John Wayne’s film of the same name. It become a song that was sung in different army regiments as well as other football clubs, West Ham and Villa have a claret version, but it was The Arsenal that made the song our own with 3 cup finals in a row 1978/79/80.


What did she wear ??
She wore, she wore,
She wore a yellow ribbon,
She wore a yellow ribbon,
In the merry month of May!
And when, I asked,
Oh why she wore her ribbon,
She said it’s for The Arsenal,
And we’re going to Wembley!
We’re the famous Arsenal,
And we’re going to Wembley!

This website was formed in 2007 and named after the song
and in 2011 when the club ran the competition ‘build a banner’ a ‘she wore a yellow ribbon’ banner was made and sits proudly in the North East corner of the ground.



22 thoughts on “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, The Arsenal’s Wembley Song

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  3. Harry Barracuda

    From Wiki:

    In the United States military, the symbol of the yellow ribbon is used in a popular marching song. The first version copyrighted was the 1917 version by George A. Norton, which he titled ‘Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon” (For Her Lover Who Is Far, Far Away). While he tells in the song about the love between Susie Simpkins and her soldier lover Silas Hubbard, his chorus goes:

    ‘Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon,
    She wears it in winter and the summer so they say,
    If you ask her “Why the decoration?”
    She’ll say “It’s fur my lover who is fur, fur away.


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  6. GJ

    Im having a debate with a United supporter. They use scarlet instead of yellow and said Arsenal copied their version! And claims they started it in the 70s. Anyone got info that could help a gooner out.


  7. Vic Martin

    Just a piece of trivia but the film She Wore A Yellow Ribbon has been shown on tv more than any other film as it was used as a trade test transmission twice per day for 2 years from 1967 when the BBC first started broadcasting in colour on BBC 2.


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