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Mickman
13-06-11, 12:06
Always used to have a favourite CD/ song list I used to have playing in the car on the way to the ground when I used to play (turned up nice and loud).

Just wondering if anyone has a similar pre-match ritual? Have they changed from playing to refereeing days?

While I was in London, pre-game ritual was Saturday breakfast at favourite cafe. Not so much since I have returned home.

There is a club in our local competition that always has loud music (often country/rock) playing in their change rooms as they gear-up. This would drive me crazy week in, week out.

Iron_Lung
13-06-11, 12:06
Lots of clubs around here use music in the change rooms prior to the games. Usually it involves some pretty hard rock, hip hop or something equally appropriate for increasing the adrenaline levels for the team in question. Personally if I had to listen to songs about my wife leaving me and my dog dying I'd be ready to do myself in :biggrin: (tvic)

As for me, the music I listen to depends on what I need to get ready. If I'm in need of clarity and focus it usually is something to pick me up, if I'm nervous it's something to calm me down. Always have a pre game warm up to lead me into the first whistle though, starting about 15 minutes out, adjusted for game...

Adam
13-06-11, 12:06
I listen to The Bugle on the way to my matches. It comes out late on Friday evening so is ideal for Saturday matches. It's available on iTunes or here (http://gamesplusone.com/thebugle/).

Toby Warren
13-06-11, 13:06
Friday night comedy from radio 4 (prefer the news quiz but now show is ok as well)

Mickman
13-06-11, 13:06
Thinking this could be a good one to have handy BUT maybe post-match on those bad days :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JK7D9pliMY&feature=related

didds
13-06-11, 14:06
Friday night comedy from radio 4 (prefer the news quiz but now show is ok as well)

agreed... tho the Now Show can be a bit hit and miss at times.

last week's was pretty good :-)

didds

Phil E
13-06-11, 14:06
I listen to The Bugle on the way to my matches.

Last Post or Reveille? :rolleyes:

Bryan
13-06-11, 16:06
I'll rock out during the warm-up with some of my faviourite tunes, but really when it's 15mins to kick-off, my warmup's over, To3 talks, team talks, and the coin toss are all well past, at this point I dont like a lot of distractions. I typically review the action plan again, go through the pre-match "mental pictures", and then do a lot of visualization. There can be a lot of hurry-up-n-wait and you're at the mercy of the runsheet (esp. with anthems!) so there's not much to do but relax or you'll get yourself wound up.


That being said, if I ever get to referee a night game, I'm rockin this out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAfFfqiYLp0) before going on the pitch (note, may cause seizures. I'm not kidding).

ExHookah
13-06-11, 16:06
I used to get pumped up listening to Metallica, but found that it put me into games much to tense and wound up. So now I make a point of going in to matches very relaxed.

ddjamo
13-06-11, 16:06
I'll rock out during the warm-up with some of my faviourite tunes, but really when it's 15mins to kick-off, my warmup's over, To3 talks, team talks, and the coin toss are all well past, at this point I dont like a lot of distractions. I typically review the action plan again, go through the pre-match "mental pictures", and then do a lot of visualization. There can be a lot of hurry-up-n-wait and you're at the mercy of the runsheet (esp. with anthems!) so there's not much to do but relax or you'll get yourself wound up.


That being said, if I ever get to referee a night game, I'm rockin this out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAfFfqiYLp0) before going on the pitch (note, may cause seizures. I'm not kidding).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IiIHzfXEiA

Phil E
13-06-11, 16:06
This gets me going http://youtu.be/taKWeKzAni4 :wink:

ctrainor
13-06-11, 18:06
Tony Black burn on radio 2 Pick of the pops plus of course the Traffic Guide on the radio.!!!
My Clubs first team have taken to playing loud music pre match but it does make them look *rses when they get beat

The umpire
13-06-11, 18:06
The Beautiful South, "Don't marry her........." The version you won't hear on the radio - always makes me smile.:biggrin:

TheBFG
13-06-11, 20:06
Anything upbeat by Muse especially the HARRP cd! Love live music.

ckuxmann
13-06-11, 21:06
Something nice and calm.

Robert Burns
14-06-11, 02:06
Depends if I need chilled or picked up to get in the mood.

If I need chilled - Shine on you crazy diamond by Pink Floyd will do that well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLKiMbC6s2k)

If I need picked up, then I'm with Muse as well, I love the resistance, especially the start where the piano kicks in.

DrSTU
14-06-11, 03:06
Need to go up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX9szPDN7Bg

Need to go down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7hd4e_EFg

Drift
14-06-11, 03:06
I wasn't a big fan of music until this year, I have a "rugby mix" on my iPhone which I will rock out to before a game and whilst I am getting changed. It's a bit odd but it's the following:
Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McRgkE_vgjU
I Wish - SkeeLo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyf0YwUJcqk
Pursuit of Happiness - Kid Cudi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyf0YwUJcqk
Hello - Martin Solveig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK42LZqO0wA
The Time (Dirty Bit) Black Eyed Peas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwQZQygg3Lk
I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman - K-Os http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyo_VAz847g
Enter the Ninja - Die Antwoord http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3f4xU_FfQ

It's odd as most of this music is not the normal stuff I listen to in the car or at home, just seems to work for rugby.

Chickref
14-06-11, 03:06
30 Seconds to Mars and any other crappy alt-rock I can get my hands on.

TigerCraig
14-06-11, 06:06
Nothing before refereeing, but before playing it was always belting the stuffing out of a tackle pad and a huge sniff or two of Dencorub.

"I love the smell of Dencorub in the morning" (cue "Ride of the Valkyries")

Chickref
14-06-11, 07:06
Ah, liniment, so powerful the only thing that can cover the smell is axe/lynx deoderant. Unfortunately thats not an improvement

didds
14-06-11, 10:06
uddermint was the pre game spalsh of choice round these here parrrrrrrts...

didds

TheBFG
14-06-11, 10:06
30 Seconds to Mars and any other crappy alt-rock I can get my hands on.

you just fancy the lead singer!:wink:

to be fair their "this is war" CD is on my gym playlist too :o

Lee Lifeson-Peart
14-06-11, 21:06
Something nice and calm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvYNb67B5dQ&feature=related

DrSTU
14-06-11, 21:06
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvYNb67B5dQ&feature=related

utter *$%
:norc:

Lee Lifeson-Peart
14-06-11, 21:06
utter *$%
:norc:

A considered and cogent appraisal Doctor! :biggrin:

Stop doing press ups and listen! :cool:

Account Deleted
14-06-11, 22:06
Before playing it used to be a couple of pints.

Now water and any one of the following:

Cat Stevens
Pink Floyd
Yes
ELP
Queen
Crosby Stills Nash (etc).

OB..
15-06-11, 00:06
Piatti (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON0spYLt3eM)

Ian_Cook
15-06-11, 01:06
Lots of clubs around here use music in the change rooms prior to the games. Usually it involves some pretty hard rock, hip hop or something equally appropriate for increasing the adrenaline levels for the team in question. Personally if I had to listen to songs about my wife leaving me and my dog dying I'd be ready to do myself in :biggrin: (tvic)

Of course, you know the story about what happens when you play Country Music backwards?

► Your wife/girlfriend/mistress comes back.
► Your horse/dog comes back to life.
► You get back all the money you lost gambling.
► You get your car/truck/motorbike back

Chickref
15-06-11, 01:06
you just fancy the lead singer!:wink:

to be fair their "this is war" CD is on my gym playlist too :o

Damn skippy I do!:love:

But their music makes for good running music.

Ian_Cook
15-06-11, 01:06
Back in the day.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dJl-g_xlEM

However, if I was still refereeing and wanted some pre-match music, this is what I would prefer..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7DiX3uZzzU

Funny how musical tastes change as you get older. I still like Joe Cocker, but I would have hated the music of Emma Shapplin in my youth.

Adam
15-06-11, 02:06
I listen to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWXazVhlyxQ) before a match. ;)

DrSTU
15-06-11, 04:06
A considered and cogent appraisal Doctor! :biggrin:

Stop doing press ups and listen! :cool:

Nope, listened to it again and it's still crap!

Saying that, people tend to run out of the lab when I put my music on:mad:

Robert Burns
15-06-11, 06:06
This is Joe Cocker's best song by miles!

I believe it was written by a rugby referee after their first game! (Listen to the words!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdViS3BEckI&feature=fvst

Robert Burns
15-06-11, 06:06
Nope, listened to it again and it's still crap!

Saying that, people tend to run out of the lab when I put my music on:mad:
Not as bad as this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQCx6psv13M

or this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rTcLqSbcE4

:rolleyes: :cool: :D

Chickref
15-06-11, 06:06
Or This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

Robert Burns
15-06-11, 09:06
Or This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0
Wow, I feel better already!

4eyesbetter
15-06-11, 11:06
Or This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

Are we sure there was a human involved somewhere, or has an Auto-Tune machine finally achieved rudimentary sentience?