The Manics have released their official song for the Welsh national team. Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan – a villain to Welsh fans for nearly 40 years – should cover his ears
The song, with a video featuring the Wales football squad pogoing along behind the band, pays tribute to the former Wales player and manager Gary Speed, gripes about Joe Jordan’s handball playing for Scotland against Wales in a decisive qualifying match for the 1978 World Cup finals, and namechecks large chunks of the current squad, with special attention paid in the chorus to Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
“Nick [Wire] had written lyrics for a song during previous campaigns, but of course, they’d all bitten the dust,” singer James Dean Bradfield told Wales Online. “It was the Belgium home game where the cogs in Nick’s head started whirring when we knew it was game on and we had a great chance of qualifying.”
He added: “You always wonder if you can actually pull off a football song, because let’s face it there have been so many bad ones out there. We’ve got to admit that the benchmarks are Three Lions and World In Motion – they are two great football songs.”
But is it a World in Motion, or more of a Come on You Reds? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
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