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Mixing sport and music is like baking a cake.

Unless the ingredients are absolutely spot on, the results can be extremely messy.

There are strict rules if you want your record to top the charts like 'Three Lions' did in 1996.

  • Tie it in with a major sporting event
  • Make sure you are a VERY popular sports star
  • If you know a comedian ask them to help out
  • Keep it simple
  • Make sure your team are playing well


    Football's first duet with music began back in 1927 when Abide With Me was sung by the entire 90,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium.

    It was the FA Cup final between Arsenal and eventual winners Cardiff City. This tradition is still going on in 2002.

    After a few failed efforts in the 1930s - including one catchy number called 'I Do Like To See A Game Of Football' - we saw a footballing first.

    Manchester United and their neighbours Manchester City released a record together.

    It was called "City & United - The Manchester Football Double", celebrating City's FA Cup win and United's League title by the 'Busby Babes'.

    Since then we've had everything from the impressive "World in Motion" to Gazza's woeful but curiously catchy "Fog on the Tyne".

    Skinner and Baddiel have proved there is still a place for sports anthems - but don't expect Liberty X to be quaking in their boots.

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  • God Save the Queen
    Flower of Scotland
    Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
    Ireland's Call
    Make ur own
    Three Lions

    Academy's top five football songs
    Nice One Cyril by the Cockerell Chorus

    Football's Coming Home Baddiel & Skinner

    Daydream Believer (Cheer up Peter Reid) by Simply Red & White

    George Best Belfast Boy Don Fardon

    Come On You Reds Manchester Utd

    Academy's bottom five football songs
    Diamond Lights Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle

    Highbury Sunshine Yeah & Arsenal

    Anfield Rap Liverpool

    Blue is the Colour Chelsea

    Do The Right Thing Ian Wright

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