I watched the FA Cup final today. Contested between the current top two teams in the English Premiership, Chelsea and Manchester United. The two teams with the most expensive squads. The first final in the new Wembley Stadium. It was always going to be something special for the neutral spectator. Except it was shit. One of the worst finals that I can remember. For god's sake they didn't even have an FA Cup song between the two of them to mark the occasion.
Gone are the days of an FA Cup song with Chas and Dave. It's a pity really as I always got a good laugh out of them. Footballers and pop music always make for an interesting combination. Think 'Diamond Lights' by Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle. Think of John Barnes rapping on 'World in Motion' by New Order. As an Arsenal fan myself I'll always hold dear the 1993 collaboration with Tippa Irie and Peter Hunnigale entitled ‘Shooting For The Gunners'. It really must be the effort from Liverpool in 1988 which is the worst ever. The 'Anfield Rap' once again featured the lyrical styling of John Barnes. Grandmaster Flash he ain't. Check out the state of Ian Rush, Bruce Grobelaar et al. It also contains the following peculiar line:
I'm from Jamiaica, my names John Barnes,
When i do my thing the crowd goes bananas