The FAI's brass band are back.
Ireland are in action gainst Iceland in an international friendly at the Aviva tonight, with John Egan and Conor Hourihane handed debuts in a much-changed Irish team.
That's not the only change in the ground tonight: there's been some alteration to the Brass Band, which made its debut at the Aviva during last Friday's 0-0 draw with Wales. Aided by a PA system, the band went unnoticed by nobody, and was rounded slandered by fans both Irish and Welsh alike.
The band made an inglorious return to proceedings at the Aviva tonight, but with one important change: they were denied access to the PA system.
Not that it made too much difference to their opinion among supporters. Shorn of their amplification, the band assembled within the first couple of minutes of the game to strike up some atmosphere. In fairness to them, they achieved their aim. Unfortunately, the atmosphere consisted entirely of ambient boos directed towards them.
The brass band are in situ again and are ready to a̶d̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ drown out any potential atmosphere that the singing section might create.
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) March 28, 2017
Mexican Wave, brass band, Thunderclap. Welcome to Hell. #IREvICE
— Kevin Coghlan (@kevin_coghlan) March 28, 2017
In a new approach to breath testing, An Garda Siochána are asking random match goers at The Aviva to blow into a trumpet.
— Colm O'Callaghan (@aslinndubh) March 28, 2017
Bring the earplugs folks. Trumpet is back pic.twitter.com/MkokNIsiUb
— YBIG (@YouBoysInGreen) March 28, 2017
— Cathal McMahon (@CathalJourno) March 28, 2017
— Seán Hussey (@SeanHussey00) March 28, 2017
I really hope the trumpet guy is just an experiment at Ireland matches. It failed so badly. Never again. We can make atmosphere without them
— OfficialRonnyElse (@RonnyElse) March 28, 2017
Mr Trumpet getting booed everytime he stands up. Correct 👍
— Ross Zambra (@TheKingOfPing) March 28, 2017
When you're not getting a reaction from the people sitting right in front of you, it's time to hang up your trumpet. #IREvICE
— David Sheehan (@DavidSSport) March 28, 2017
Iceland took the lead with a free-kick which Keiren Westwood and his wall could have done more to block, and the comparisons tumbled forth:
Iceland's goal vying with the booing of the brass band for the highlight of the night so far.
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) March 28, 2017
The band won't be playing Wonderwall after that
— aidan o'hara (@oharaa) March 28, 2017