Jackie Sez:

I’ve put the songs about footballing individuals on hold for a moment because there are some international friendlies being played on Wednesday (19th Nov) and I like to coincide these national team run outs with some music associated with them.

…continuing the Irish theme with a couple of songs (from the many !) recorded to celebrate their first appearance in the World Cup Finals.

More people outside of the Isle might remember the 1994 World Cup better – because of the first wally – this one without a brolly, but for the Republic of Ireland it was Italia ’90 which was the most successful of the two World Cups in which they qualified.

Packie Bonner saves the day
Pic from M+MD's photostream

These were the finals in which Packie Bonner made a save (pictured above) in the game against Romania. After this David O’Leary stepped up after and scored the last pen to put Ireland into the World Cup Quarter Finals for their first time in their history.

In the quarters they proved to be a difficult opposition against an Italy team which included Maldini, Vialli, Baggio and Schillaci – the scorer of the only goal in the game.

Before the tournament they were sent off with a plethora of tunes and I’ve selected two from the many for today.

– The first one up is one co-crafted by Larry Mullen, the drummer from U2.
It is based upon a 70’s song by the Horslips –Dearg Doom, with samples of Jackie Charlton included, as well as the singer from Clannad who adds the Olé Olé Olé tune and yes… even the Ooh Ahh is thrown in for good measure:

Republic of Ireland 1990 single » The 1990 Ireland World Cup Squad – Put ‘Em Under Pressure

Put ’em Under Pressure

Version: Single Version (3:57) First Appears On: Put ‘Em Under Pressure Single, 1990
Written By: Larry Mullen (Co-wrote & Produced) Performed By: Larry on Drums?

Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole, Ole
Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole

We’ve qualified for the World Cup
Go and compete

We’re prepared, a new goal
We’ll do our best
We’ll Put ’em Under Pressure, defense, defense

The game is about
Being effective
Being aggressive
Winning the ball
Getting it on with the play
We’ll Put ’em Under Pressure

Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole, Ole
Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole, Ole
We’re all part of jackie’s army
We’re all off to win the league
And we really shake them up
When we win the World Cup
Cause Ireland’s are the greatest football team

Put ’em Under Pressure

It’s not going to be easy for us
But it’s not going to be easy for them either
Watch, watch, watch the people
Watch the people, watch the people, watch the people, defense, defense
We inflict our game on the people
Put ’em Under Pressure, defense, defense, defense, defense

You gotta give, you gotta give, you gotta give to win
Goal!

Put ’em Under Pressure

Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole, Ole
Ole, Ole Ole Ole, Ole, Ole
We’re all part of Jackie’s army
We’re all off to win the league
And we really shake them up
When we win the World Cup
Cause Ireland’s are the greatest football team

Put ’em Under Pressure

We’re all part of Jackie’s army
We’re all off to win the league
And we really shake them up
When we win the World Cup
Cause Ireland’s are the greatest football team

And we really shake them up
When we win the World Cup
Cause Ireland’s are the greatest football team

We’re all part of Jackie’s army
We’re all off to win the league
And we really shake them up
When we win the World Cup
Cause Ireland’s are the greatest football…

– More info about the single can be found on this exhaustive/obsessive U2 fansite.

» Not much is known about the creators of this next one. If you have any knowledge then add a comment. What I do know is that it borrows the tune from Billy Joel’s – “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and adds it’s own words:

Jackie Charlton, Eoin Hand
Johnny Giles, Ireland
Mick McCarthy, Stephen Staunton
Cascarino
Tony Galvin, Niall Quinn
Packie doesn’t let em in
North of Ireland
South of Ireland
Only one can go

Paul McGrath, Back Four
Aldridge got another score
World Cup
English Clubs
Kevin Moran and the Dubs
European Championship
How can we forget the trip
Andy Townsend, Kevin Sheedy
Stapleton’s a supersub

We’re gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there’ll be no returning
Were gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

Butrague, Hungary
We scared the Dutch in Germany
Charlie Hurley, Liam Tuohy
Opel Invest
Ray Houghton, Liverpool
Ronnie Whelan’s so cool
O’Leary in the Sunday World
Con is in the press

Stuttgart was no dream
now we have a winning team
Billy Bingham, Budapest
Man of Magic, Georgie Best
Eamon Dunphy writes it down
Dalymount to Landsdowne
English Football in a mess
Trouble on the Terraces

Were gonna start a fire
And when Rome is burning
there’ll be no returning
Were gonna start a fire
We have Jack to mind us
and the fans behind us

Dasaev, Socrates,
Maradona, Ardiles,
Puskas, Bessonov,
Renevan de Kerkhof,
Hamilton, Jim Magee,
Saint And Greavsie on TV,
Maradona, Hand of God
Brady should be in the Squad

Chris Morris, score draw
Don Givens, Denis Law,
Eusebio, Junior, Ronnie Whelan Senior
Pele
We’ll never see his like again
Goikoetxea is mean[2] Champions, Argentina

Netherlands, Egypt
England got a free trip
Pleaded, Seeded
Because of the supporters
Ruud Gullit might be out
Holland wouldn’t have a shout
Hoddle and Waddle
Have they got the bottle
We have England in the draw
And the Dutch like before
One thing that were grateful for
We didn’t get the Mafia

Seeded in Sicily
Off the coast of Italy
6 hour boat trip
We can take the hardship
But the fans couldn’t care
They can travel anywhere
No one else can match the sound
Our supporters bring around
June 11, English Game
We can do the trick again
Egypt next and then the Dutch
Its the second round for us
When we finally get to Rome
No one will be left at home
Aldridge is about to score
Listen to the Irish Roar

It is with thanks again to the assistance of Fredorrarci from Sport Is A TV Show that I now have a pile of songs… pile isn’t the right word for it…or maybe it is after listening to a few of them….anyway alot from Ireland which will mean that I will be returning this theme.

Tomorrow it will be the Scotia boys turn and then after that, the Angles.

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