Following the Brit Awards which saw good awards (Cheryl Cole didn’t win anything!) and bad results (Take That won best British group) we at Football Transfer Tavern thought it might be nice to ponder on what might have been, had music not won out over football, for 5 young men:
Serge Pizzorno – The Kasabian guitarist, and songwriter, Serge is known for his love of Leicester City. But did you know that he once had trials with City’s rivals Nottingham Forest? According to rock legend, Serge wore his blue Leicester socks under the Forest ones he was given to wear, as a protest.
Famously, Serge appeared on Sky Sports Tiswas style Saturday morning football show, Soccer AM. Apart from promoting his band’s new album, Serge was also charged with the task of putting a football through the B in the word Wembley (it’s on youtube if you’ve not seen it!). Wearing ‘rock-star shoes’ and skinny jeans, Serge flicked the ball up and volleyed it through the hole without a moments hesitation. I’d rather watch that goal again, then listen to Kasabian’s second album, Empire.
Johnny Marr – Teenage boys have alot to thank Johnny for. Along with his pal Morrisey, the Mancunian guitar hero created some of the best (and most miserable) music Britain has ever seen. Whenever I’ve had too much of Rihanna, I like to sit in a darkened room and listen to Panic by The Smiths on repeat for 3 hours.
The young Marr was a decent footballer, having trials with his heroes Manchester City and also at Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. Johnny used to turn up for games wearing mascara, a tactic which he’s since said earned him as many kicks as it did goals. Marr’s footballing career was going nowhere fast and, having started something that he couldn’t finish, the guitarist turned his back on the game for good.
Bob Marley – Few people know that reggae superstar (in fact…superstar full-stop) Robert Nesta Marley, was a talented footballer. In fact, close friends and associates claim that he would have chosen the sport over music, given the choice. Levi Roots, the man behind Reggae, Reggae sauce, was lucky enough to play with Bob when he visited London to record the Exodus album.
Levi has since claimed that Marley was a proper midfield general, similar in style to Cesc Fabregas. Bob often said that football and music were the same thing, and was good friends with Jamaican international Alan ‘Skill’ Cole. Though he never had professional trials, he often played matches with music journalists, and it’s rumoured that following a nasty tackle from one French journalist that ripped the toenail off his big toe, he contracted the cancer that would claim his life.
Robbie Williams – This is probably the only list in the world, where ‘the fat dancer from Take That’ (copyright Liam Gallagher) will share the spotlight with Bob Marley and Johnny Marr. But, Williams was quite a good footballer in his youth and supposedly had trials with Port Vale.
Since then, he’s played in several charity matches and has his own team out in LA, which competes with other ‘Celebrity Teams’. Robbie is often seen at Vale Park for matches, but declined from investing in the club when they were on the verge of administration.
Tinchy Stryder – Pretty much every London grime artist has had trials at one of the London clubs. In fact, pretty much everyone in London has had a trial with a London club! But Tinchy was one of the ones who came closest. He was on the books at Wimbledon and Leyton Orient, but he chose music over football. Well, he was too lazy to do both (his words!) and decided that he was a better rapper.
He’d never have been Number 1 at either club…because he was an outfield player! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! His name incidentally comes from the fact that he’s quite small (5 foot 1 inch) and his favourite Sega Mega Drive game. Despite his London roots, Tinchy is a Man United fan.
Football’s loss was music’s gain! But imagine this lot on your local 5-a-side pitch! To be fair, you wouldn’t be too bothered about Williams! He’d probably be the goalie….
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