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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK
'Lost' World Cup song unearthed
Bobby Moore and Alan Ball
World Cup heroes Bobby Moore (l) and Alan Ball performed on the song
A "lost" World Cup song with vocals by Sir Alf Ramsey and the victorious 1966 England team is to be re-released.

We Were There was recorded in 1982 as a good luck message to the World Cup squad of that year.

The single was never properly released, but recording studio director Lew Branston held on to a video of the players miming to the song.

He plans to release it on DVD, with a share of the proceeds going to the Bobby Moore Fund for cancer research.

In the video, Alan Ball plays violin while Bobby Moore shakes a tambourine.

Geoff Hurst, who scored England's winning goal in the 1966 World Cup, is seen playing the drums.

'Spirited performance'

In reality, the music was provided by a brass band from Leicester, The William Davis Construction Group, while the England stars provided vocals.

They recorded the song in Mr Branston's Q Recording studios in Leicester.

And so to the boys of '82, we would like to wish good luck to you
The lyrics to We Were There
"They were initially somewhat reserved," he recalls, "But around midday we took a break for lunch and took them down the road to the Britannia pub".

When the squad returned "they gave a much more spirited performance," he added.

The lyrics, written by Bob Wragg from Leicester group The Dallas Boys, contained the lines: "And so to the boys of '82, we would like to wish good luck to you.

"And remember when you play the game, play it fair because you know we'll be there."

Although the song was directly addressed to Kevin Keegan's World Cup squad, the team are unlikely to have heard it, after a misunderstanding with record label EMI hampered distribution of the single.

The 1982 team's own single This Time (We'll Get It Right) was a number two hit.


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