I can’t find an answer to that question actually. I’ve searched around but there’s no explanation as to why Stoke City use “Delilah” to run out to. Any Potters fans reading this – help me out.
So then this week the Prediction League is featuring matches from the old 2nd Division. I decided to take a look music-wise too at the current leading contender to take Derby County’s and Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland slot as next season’s whipping boys.
Ah come on you are kidding yourselves if you think that Stoke will be able to mix it up there with the rest of them, once you get there you might as well enjoy the brief ride.
I do hope though that I am wrong and that Stoke City have a good few years residency in the top division, but I really can’t see it. These days you need mega rich backing and a ton of money – or take a risk at putting some huge loan debts on the club, to make sure that you stay in the toppermost league these days. I know they have a chairman with a bit of wedge, but not many of these big suits put their hand in their pocket to help out the club once they’ve got promotion. Case in point – Madejski at Reading who is still looking to get shut of the club.
This post isn’t about current footie politics though. The intention here is too look back at Stoke who were many years ago up there with the “big clubs”. But back then in their heyday Stoke were the biggest team when there were no big teams, just football teams.
In the 1930’s Stoke had this flying winger called Stanley Matthews, who started as an apprentice at the club.
A few years later they had a decent goalie named Gordon Banks.
I don’t know when these songs about the club were recorded, they sound very ’70’s.
First up – An instrumental called Theme For The A Team…
No not them. This lot:
I don’t actually know if the song was done for the 1972 League Cup winning team, but as I mentioned when listening to the songs they sound like they were done around that time.» The Potters – Theme For The A Team
The next one has lyrics:» The Potters (Stoke City FC Supporters) – We’ll Be With You
» Tom Jones – Delilah
EXTRA TIME: Since I mentioned it you might as well have it:
and related to that… one of my favourite duets:» Space and Cerys Matthews – The Ballad Of Tom Jones
“…I never threw my knickers at you. / And I don’t come from Wales…”
Thanks to a very bored today MickMills who found this on a Stoke City forum which talks about the roots of the song and some of the altered lyrics.
– Plus I found this Stoke FC Potters website page (links to the audio on there don’t work unfortunately). It talks about a fan called TJ who gets up in the crowd and sings a changed lyrics version.
May 9th, 2011 Update: Vote in the Blue Moon v Delilah poll