One would think a music artist, well respected by his peers with two Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards on his record, would approach watching a football game differently. He would probably analyse and criticise cheers and chants.
That may be partly right but Marcus Mumford, lead singer of the English folk rock band Mumford & Sons, joins the stands “bare-chested and singing!”
“90 minutes! I love it!”, he said in an interview with German football magazine 11 Freunde.
He added that going to a game is like “holiday”. “Everything is a little bit smaller than elsewhere. Still we have standing room only”
Marcus Mumford is a long-time supporter of AFC Wimbledon. The League Two club which was founded in 2002 after it was decided that it’s predecessor Wimbledon FC got relocated for financial reasons and then in 2004 was renamed in Milton Keynes Dons FC. Despite the relocation AFC fans maintained the history and spirit of Wimbledon FC as their own.
After experiencing the tough loss of his admired club getting relocated it is hardly surprising that Marcus Mumford hates an profit-driven club like Chelsea.
But that is not the only reason the 26-year-old musician dislikes Chelsea. He said about the musical performance of the Blues: “Actually they only got three songs and all of these are bog-standard. That says certainly a lot about this so called club.”
Fortunately there are still some good chants in football. “The fan’s of Manchester United FC have really remarkable songs, very rhythmic and complex, somehow elegant and poetic as well as funny. I am always surprised and even a bit jealous. They often steal other melodies, but that’s okay.”
What do you think? Which supporter’s are cheering and singing the best ...
...the Blues ...
...or the Red Devils?
image: © Andrea Sartorati