Who Are We? Where Do We Come From?
The Barmy Army was started by David Peacock, Paul Burnham and Gareth Evans during England’s 1994/95 Ashes tour of Australia. What started as a small group of 30 or so fans chanting and conga-ing their way around Australia has evolved into a World renowned supporters’ club that is welcomed with open arms at every International cricket ground in the world. The songs and the anthems will vary from tour to tour but the core values of supporting the England team, having great fun and partying together both on and off the pitch, have remained the same.
There is a different Barmy Army that forms at every day of every International match. New recruits are always welcomed into the fold, with HQ’s arranged and seating areas nominated before every match, it is really easy to join in. The Barmy Army continues to attract all ages and backgrounds into their fold with every supporter encouraged to join in and play their part in creating the atmosphere we’re famous for. We’re often led by Bill the Trumpet or some of the legendary Barmies, many of whom have now clocked up between 50 and 100 overseas test matches - so whether you’re on your first tour or an experienced traveller you’ll always be surrounded by like-minded, fun loving and passionate England cricket fans.
The Barmy Army is geared up to help all supporters for matches at home and overseas. From arranging official tours to providing ticketing and travel advice, coordinating HQs to meet up at and arranging events and parties to celebrate our success or drown our sorrows - we’re dedicated to making watching England as easy and as much fun as possible. Highlights have included winning the Ashes in 2010-11 and partying long and hard with the players into the early hours, but even if we lose heavily we can always look on the bright side of life and appreciate that we are the lucky ones travelling to some amazing countries and meeting so many like-minded sports fans, many of whom will remain friends for life.
We look to give back as much as we can to the game that we love and we are incredibly proud that our Barmy Army Colts have now run over 15 overseas tours and two of our colts have gone on to represent the full England side in Reece Topley and Ben Duckett. Having started off by raising £1,000 for Soweto Cricket Club on our tour of South Africa in 1995, we’ve now raised over £250,000 for numerous charities with £50,000 being contributed to the Broad Appeal after the Ashes Campaign of 2013-14. We also have our own Barmy Army Cricket teams that play home and away and we are delighted to be the current holders of our own version of the Ashes having beaten our Australian counterparts, the Fanatics, in their own backyard in 2013-14, and retained the trophy at home in 2015.
We hope that you find the website and our social media sites informative and helpful, we’re very keen to sign up new recruits to join the thousands of Barmies who already benefit from being a member of what we believe are the finest and most loyal cricket supporters club in the World.