Sadly I have next to nothing when it comes to songs related to the Wales team (Welsh team ?)

Possibly because they don’t have much to sing about, which is a pity because I would have liked to have seen Ian Rush or Mark Hughes or Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy play in at least one major final. (In the case of Bellamy there’s still Euro 2012…?) Aaron Ramsey then.

Wales have already failed to qualify for 2010 but they still have play two more matches. Which will be away to Finland on Saturday and then away to…ah nobody cares.

We are not here to reflect on their current disappointments though, this post is about another disillusionment (I’ve got a dictionary next to me here) when Wales had another disenchantment (ok I’ll put it away) in the run up to the qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. In what is now seen as a dark period of Welsh football the then manager Bobby Gould had public fallings out with Nathan Blake, Robbie Savage (well that’s not difficult), Mark Hughes – and the Manic Street Preachers…

Nicky Wire - Manic Street Preachers

Thanks to Fredorrarci from Sport Is A TV Show who tipped me the nod to remind me of this previous incident. He writes:

“At a Manic Street Preachers gig in Cardiff in 1998, James Dean Bradfield renamed “Everything Must Go” as “Bobby Gould Must Go” for the occasion. (Gould was managing Wales at the time, of course.) It caused a minor stink, I remember: Gould retaliated by criticising MSP (he called them the Manic Street *Peachers*), on Football Focus, I think it was. This was shortly after a BBC documentary about the band, which of course discussed Richey Edwards’ self-harm and the whole 4 REAL thing; Gould had a go at Richey for setting a bad example to the kids. The band responded by criticising Gould for giving stick to someone who wasn’t around to defend himself.”

– Article at the NME which covered this event.

…and the live recording of that song:

» Manic Street Preachers – (Bobby Gould) Must Go

Extra Time – Have a remix:

» Everything Must Go (Chemical Brothers Remix)

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