Ross Wood Theater | Readers Auditorium

SOCCER SING-A-LONGS

“You’re Football crazy, you’re Football Mad”, one of the best known lyrics from just one of the many soccer themed songs.  When it comes to songs and soccer the rules are simple, the lyrics must be catchy, the chorus easy to chant and the tune simple to follow. Then there are the songs adopted by soccerteams for their fans to sing as they watch the matches such asWest Ham’s “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”, Liverpool’s “You’ll never Walk alone”, Leeds United’s“Marching On” and “We are The Champions” by Queen.

The tradition of World Cup and European Championship songs began in 1970 and continued until 2006 (apart from the finals that England failed to qualify) those years were 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1994 and 2008.  The first soccer themed song released specifically for the World Cup and approved by the soccer Association was “Back Home” which got to number one in the charts, performed by the England squad themselves. “This time (we’ll get it right)” was released in 1982 and was again performed by the England players.

In 1986 the song was “We’ve got the whole World at Our Feet”once again performed by the England Team and arranged to the tune of “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands”. Then in 1988 the song “All the way” was sung by the England Team and written by Stock, Aitken and Waterman for the Euro soccer competition.  The Collaboration between The England squad and the group New Order in 1990 provided the number one selling song “World in Motion” for the World Cup and featured a rap by John Barnes.  The Lightning Seeds and Baddiel and Skinner performed “Three Lions” again getting to number one in the charts for the Euro competition of 1996. Overshadowed by the unofficial anthems “Three lions 98”, and “Vindaloo” For the World Cup of 1998  the song “(How does it feel to be) on top of the World?” was written by Ian McCulloch and performed by artists Echo and The Bunnymen, Space, Spice Girls and Simon Fowler.  In the year 2000 “Jerusalem” was sung by Fat Les, then the famous duo of Ant and Dec performed the 2002 World Cup song “We’re On The ball”.  For the Euro Competition of 2004 the song “All Together Now 2004” was sung by The Farm, featuring the SFX Boys Choir Liverpool. For the 2006 World Cup the group Embrace sang “World at Your Feet”Then though not an official song of The World Cup, “Shout(Shout for England song)” got to number one in 2010, though permission was granted later for all the Royalties to go to great Ormond Street Hospital. Several Celebrities including Gary Barow, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and footballers such as Gary Linekar, Michael Owen, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Sir Geoff Hurst all got together in 2014 to perform the World Cup song “Sport Relief’s Greatest Day”

The crowds gather, the noise grows and the atmosphere becomes electric as soccer fans come together to cheer on and sing for their chosen team. If you’re passionate about soccer and want to learn more about Soccer Training Drill Videosthan go to https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp.To sing loudly and passionately as your soccer team scores an amazing goal is part of the reason thousands of men and women continue to support local and International teams every week.