Going All The Way ?

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There are some international runabouts coming up soon (end of March 2011). A few of them matter, but most of them are pointless friendlies.

The F.A. will be counting the cash a week on Wednesday with England hosting Nigeria at Wembley, but before they are away in a Euro 2012 qualifier away to Wales.

Now going on previous results/form of both national teams England *should* walk this one…

Additionally we have the sideshow of the newly anointed Gareth Bale, currently on form. But as you know one man does not make a team.

Before we get to the next Euro competition though I want to remind you about England and their journey in a previous Euro Championship which didn’t go that well…

Euro 88 logo

Ok that’s an understatement. It was in fact an unmitigated disaster.
England went out in the group stage after they played and lost all three games, scoring only two goals and conceding 7 in the process.

My friends in Ireland will remember the first group game well and will not need reminding. For the rest of you though it was when Ray Houghton nodded one in with the only goal of the game.

– As recreated a few years later by Baddiel & Skinner on Phoenix from the flames:

After this the Republic of Ireland drew with the Soviet Union and then narrowly lost to the Netherlands, the eventual winners. It wasn’t enough for them to go through and along with England (but above them in the table !) they went home.

» Via dermothardy.com: A detailed look at Ireland’s progress for Euro ’88.

» Article in the Guardian: On Second Thoughts: England at Euro 88.

In the above article Rob Smyth argues that it wasn’t just a poor performance that was to blame for their results, but some ill-fortune that fell upon the England team.

I myself believe non of it and can pinpoint exactly where it all went tits up. It was even before a ball was kicked and all because of these three:

Stock Aitken Waterman

For those of you of a younger age who never experienced this particular dark part of our musical history: They are Stock, Aitken and Waterman, or S.A.W. as they were also known, and from the mid-later 80’s they were responsible for production line, mass marketed bland music.
In fact listening to today’s music with the Beibers and Jonas and that type, it’s like they never went away.

So because they were the thing at the time and could pretty much guarantee a chart hit* with whatever they were given, (a soap star, a struggling band – or something the manufactured themselves, such as a tea boy) the clueless suits at the F.A chose them.
*For the record: It reached Number 67)

So then shudder at this production that nearly stopped all decent football and music:

England Euro 88 single
» England Football Team (1988) – All The Way

» England Team (1988) – All The Way (Extra Time Mix)

» Eng Team (’88) – All The Way (On Yer Head Dub)

Oh and joy of joys… here’s the video as well:


  1. March 22, 2011 @ 5:53 pm Barry

    Not sure if you’ve heard this one from Christy Moore all about Euro ’88?

    No Irish classics like that anymore, although we’d need to qualify first.

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  2. March 25, 2011 @ 9:29 pm JamesB

    That’s def not the players singing in that. They sound *too* good.
    Look at the video – Beardsley on the mike there ! No chance. It’s got to be Big Fun doing the vocals or someone.

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  3. March 29, 2011 @ 9:21 am PeteBluesky

    I have to be honest and say that I’d heard of ‘World In Motion’ by New Order and ‘Three Lions’ by Baddiel, Skinner and Ian Broudie, but ‘All The Way’ just completely passed me by. How did that happen? It’s definitely not a great song by any means, but i’m a bit confused as to why I’ve never heard it before. Were they ashamed of it or something ;)

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  4. March 31, 2011 @ 10:23 am Ken

    Hope the boys have better luck this time around than they did in the world cup.
    And would be nice for them to go “All The Way” instead of flopping out as usual.

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  5. October 25, 2011 @ 12:10 am FootieAndMusic – England Podcast | Football and Music

    […] Football Team (1988) – All the Way (On Yer Head […]

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  6. January 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am chris weatherall

    I dont mind this song tbh, but my god as if there is no youtube video! is there not one copy out there of the music video??

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