Saturday, November 23, 2013
The Beat vs Fun Boy Three!
I came across this fantastic photo of Dave Wakeling of The Beat and Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three battling for a loose soccer ball, while The Beat's guitarist Andy Cox looks on in front of what appears to be a large stadium crowd. So just how did these 2-Tone alumni end up on a football pitch?
According to Wakeling, the photo was taken in 1982 at a charity five-a-side match held at West Bromich Albion's grounds The Hawthorne's near Birmingham, that featured popular bands from the Birmingham and Coventry area along with a few professional players. Wakeling added, "I just managed to pop the ball over Terry's desperate moccasin for one of my three stunning goals. The Beat are wearing West Brom away strip which includes a yellow and green striped shirt with green shorts."
Hall is a well-known Manchester United fanatic (listen to the Fun Boy Three's "Were Having All The Fun" where Hall croons "I live in a flat, I like Manchester United..") while Wakeling is a noted Aston Villa supporter and Cox (who went on to form the Fine Young Cannibals) is a long-time West Bromwich Albion fan. Read an interview with Hall that appeared in the Manchester United fan magazine Red News and then read a story about how Hall nearly caused a riot in Leeds in 2009 when he taunted the crowd about his favorite team. Then check out Wakeling being interviewed about his favorite club: