Local BBC Sites

Page last updated at 13:33 GMT, Friday, 23 April 2010 14:33 UK
England World Cup 2010 song from the Defenders
The Defenders
Mark Hubbard (left) and northern underdogs the Defenders hoping for a terrace hit.

With no official football anthem being recorded for England's trip to South Africa, three Leeds lads have formed a group and penned their own version.

Mr Capello, by the Defenders, is the Leeds effort taking on all the myriad other World Cup songs.

Mentored by local charity, Leeds Music Trust, the newly-formed group get to work on the song after their day job.

Mr Capello is to be released online during May.

Watch the song's video here

The band are Tim Bradley, Chris Charlton and Matthew 'Parksey' Parkes who have jobs as teacher, statistician and joiner. The song is seen as an underground effort by an underdog group.

Surprising interest

Mark Hubbard, of Leeds Music Trust says "The interest in the song has taken us a bit by surprise, the release of a football song is one way to publicise what we are doing.

The Defenders
The Defenders are:
Left to right Matthew Parkes (bass), Chris Charlton (vocals), Tim Bradley (drums).

"We wanted to do something with local underground musicians just to prove we could do it. As a charity we are here to promote amateur musicians.

"This is a superbly catchy song that comes from an indie punk background, but once it's finished it will be a real anthem and the terraces will love it."

If there is a profit from the song it will be ploughed back into the charity.

Unknown Kaiser Chiefs

Mark works at the Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck and knows what a struggle it is to establish yourself in music. In 1996 a, then unknown, Leeds band called Kaiser Chiefs first turned up at the studios.

Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs - 10 years to be an overnight success (pic by Tim Daley)

"The Kaisers had no money for 10 years then their career took off like a rocket but for those 10 years they were working very hard."

And Nick Hodgson the Kaiser Chiefs' drummer is supporting the Defenders:

"I really like the song.

"We're very happy to support new talent and the underdog and that's what Leeds Music Trust is all about. When we started out we didn't expect to achieve what we have so it is really important for us to offer our best wishes and help where we can."

Another of the city's headline musicians, Matt Bowman of the Pigeon Detectives, is also weighing in:

"This song is catchier than Three Lions, has more class than Vindaloo and a chorus that deserves to be shouted by every England fan on the terraces in South Africa.

"A football song the way football songs should be... oh and the band's from Leeds which is a bonus."



Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific