I’m cross posting a couple of themes here – Continuing with the Scotia one, but introducing a new theme too. This theme will be tunes written with the subject solely concerning association football players.

– Starting with the wee man below:

Strachan

This isn’t about his current position, it is a tune that reflects on his time in a yellow strip.

The song gets very specific and it reflects upon on particular match in which he scored a hat-trick. I don’t know which game it was, if there any Leeds fans out there who can provide more info…

The tune about a Scottish player in an English club was written by a band from Limerick, Ireland.

The Hitchers were/are still going I think… and this track was done in the late 90’s and appeared on their excellently titled album: “It’s All Fun & Games ‘Til Someone Loses An Eye”.

If you want to go out and look for it – the song was on a Double A side single with the other track: “You Can Only Love Someone So Much But You Can Hate Them All The Way To Hell”. Apparently it made it onto John Peel’s Festive 50 in 1997.

Enough chatter. On with the listening…>

» The Hitchers – Strachan

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She waited for the match to start
to start a fight up with me.
She said, “What’s that you’re watching?”,
“It’s a programme about art”.
She said, “A programme about art?”, I said
“A programme about art” and then the greatest
midfield artist of them all walked out onto the park.
The crowd were on their feet and they whistled and
they cheered for the tiny wee Scotsman
with the copper coloured hair.
She said, “You just don’t care, You never listen you know…”

Lukic out to Wetherall and Wetherall to Dorigo.
Dorigo knocks it on to Fairclough, Fairclough looks for Speed.
Now she’s ranting like a lunatic, “I’m switching off that telly”.
“Look at me while I’m talking to you!”
To Strachan now, puts Kelly through
There’s one man pulling all the strings and twenty-two
know damn well who.
The air begins to thicken. Inside the box Strachan has stricken
The gap unfilled -he makes the kill -One-Nil!

She waited for the match to start
to start a fight up with me.
She said, “what’s that you’re watching?”,
“It’s a programme about art”.
She said, “A programme about art?”, I said
“A programme about art” and then the artist
tackles perfectly and floats over the park
to the waiting Rodney Wallace who knocks
it back in to Deane and now the Deane Machine
to McAllister and McAllister’s just seen
that Gordon Strachan slipped his marker
and he’s free now in space
he’s got ’em pouring forward spraying the ball
all over the place.
Now Gary Speed is involved again, he steadies the ball.
“Am I talking to myself?”, she says, “or talking to the wall?”
“Will you look at me while I’m talking to you!”
To Strachan now, puts Fairclough through
There’s one man pulling all the strings and twenty-two
know damn well who.
The air gets even thicker.
The ‘keepers quick – Gordon Strachan’s quicker.
The gap unfilled, he makes the kill -Two-Nil!

She waited for the match to start
to start a fight up with me.
She said, “what’s that you’re watching?”,
“It’s a programme about art”.
“If you don’t take your grief and bad vibes and get out of my face
I’m gonna sit right here and whistle my way through Melrose Place”

You could’ve lit the air in the room with a matchstick,
McAllister’s cross sets up Strachan’s hat-trick
The gap unfilled, Strachan’s skill – Three-Nil!

EXTRA TIME:

Some more stuff for reading/watching/listening…

– The wasn’t a video made for the song, but some enterprising bloke has created one:

Have a read of an interview with The Hitchers drummer who also wrote the song. His name ? Niall Quinn. No seriously, it is. And no it isn’t… In the interview he talks about the single and if they have met Strachan. – At the time of this posting they haven’t but I read somewhere else that they had and/or had received a note from him.

– Like the song ? Have a listen to more of their stuff here.

A big thank you to Jim in York who originally suggested this (plus another one) – and a thousand apologies that it took me so long to post it.

One Comment

  1. Fantastic.

    Continuing the theme of songs about (in particular) Scottish midfield geniuses, how about putting up ‘Pat Nevin’s Eyes’ by The Tractors from about 1987? I’ve been looking for that for 20 years – all I’ve got is an old Peel bootleg.

    And from my own part of the world, on individual players you can’t touch Dave Banana’s “Barrie Vassallo (What A Guy)”.

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