Latest team news is that ‘arry is going to throw them under the bus give the kids another run out in the UEFA Cup 2nd leg against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday.

This gives us the chance to see the new Clown Prince of goalkeepers in action…

Gomes in action against Stoke - and his own team - and himself

Pictured above: Gomes in action where he knocked out one of his own players, pulled an injury of his own and conceeded a 2nd goal. All this happened in the same game.

…Before he puts his boots back on again for Sunday.

(Cudicini is cup tied for the League Cup Final, but is eligible to play in the UEFA cup. Redknapp though is wisely saving Carlo for the Prem league run in which will be a relegation 6-pointer at home to Middlesbore the following Wednesday.)

– I want to post one for each team but I was having difficulty choosing something for Spurs because of a certain musical act associated with them.

So what I’ve done is gone back to one I posted last May when old Hurry up ‘arry was in another Cup Final with another team…

In that post (if you can’t be arsed clicking that link) I added one done by the late great Ian Dury.
The reason being (obviously) is that the song is called “Hurry Up Harry” and in the lyrics it sings about going up the Wembley Way.

Now I know neither the song or that line is about either of these things (if you do want to find out try here) but it was convenient for the occasion and is a flag of convenience again with a remixed version I stumbled across:

Ian Dury » Ian Dury & The Blockheads – (S)mash It Up Harry (Remix)

I think that the Blockheads are probably more associated with the residents of Upton Park than of White Hart Lane, so this could be an insult to some Hammers fans. But in my defence Redknapp was the boss before he jumped ship to Southampton (and then to Pompey) before going back to the Saints and then back yet again to Pompey until he abandoned them for….

Now for the other team.

Again I wanted to find something local* to them and happened upon something done by another established English musical act who call themselves loyal supporters:

*Well to their fanbase in Guildford at least…

The Forest Hill, London born Francis Rossi with his partner in Quo – the Woking, Surrey born* Rick Parfitt, did this one for their 1994 FA Cup Final appearance:

*See I told you.

The Manchester United - Status Quo single » Status Quo & The 1994 Manchester United Squad -Come On You Reds

Some fun facts for you fact fans !

– The song was a rewritten version of Burning Bridges (you know it – the one with; “…On and of and on again…” Burrm burrum. “…On and off again…”)

– This was technically the last number one single Status Quo ever had. (Technically because the single was release as: “by Manchester United”)

– Some interesting lyrics to begin the song:

Busby Babes they always made me cry
Thinkin' 'bout the teams of years gone by
Charlton, Edwards, Law and Georgie Best
We're United, you can keep the rest

Schmeichel, Parker, Pallister
Irwin, Bruce, Sharpe and Ince
Hughes, McClair, Keane and Cantona
Robson, Kanchelskis and Giggs

Come on you reds, come on you reds
Just keep your bottle and use your heads
For ninety minutes we’ll let them know
Who’s Man United, here we go

Come on you reds, come on you reds
Just keep your bottle and use your heads
For ninety minutes we’ll let them know
Who’s Man United, here we go

Glory Glory Man United
Glory Glory Man United

We’ll maintain the status quo
We’re Man United, here we go

So Old Trafford let us hear you loud
Cheer us on and we will do you proud
Fifty thousand voices sing our song
Keep us at the top where we belong

So here’s to Alex Ferguson
He’ll take us all the way
We’re on the road to glory now
Winning at home and away

Come on you reds, come on you reds
Just keep your bottle and use your heads
For ninety minutes we’ll let them know
Who’s Man United, here we go

Come on you reds, come on you reds
Just keep your bottle and use your heads
For ninety minutes we’ll let them know
Who’s Man United, here we go

Glory Glory Man United
Glory Glory Man United

We’ll maintain the status quo
We’re Man United, here we go

Come on you reds , come on you reds
The team that’s able to defend their net
We won the Doubles we’ll let you know
We’re Man United, here we go

Come on you reds, come on you reds
Just keep your bottle and use your heads
For ninety minutes we’ll let them know
Who’s Man United, here we go
Man United, here we go
Man United, here we go

I will of course next week post a song for the winners and I think that it is the first time I wish that – looking at the other stuff I have from both teams – that nobody actually wins on Sunday…

Is it possible to cancel the final because of lack of interest….?

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