Which football managers have appeared in music videos? | Soccer
“José Mourinho’s cameo alongside Stormzy made me wonder: what other managers have appeared in music videos?” asks Katie Wright.
Mourinho, who is forcefully living his best life these days, appears alongside Stormzy in the promo for Mel Made Me Do It. Both men are seen putting their fingers to their lips as Mourinho’s famous quote – “I’d really rather not talk. If I talk, I’m in big trouble” – is sampled during the track.
It’s not the first time a former Manchester United manager has appeared in a Stormzy video. Well, sort of. A David Moyes face mask played a key role in the 2015 video for Know Me From, a song that includes the lyrics: “I come on your team and I fuck up/I’m David Moyes.”
As for actual, real and consensual appearances, let’s start with another modern-day Chelsea manager: in 2017, Antonio Conte celebrated winning the Premier League in his first season in England by appearing briefly in the Smoking Fine video. by Grime MC Eyez.
While Conte had a cameo role, former Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and England manager Stuart Pearce was the (slightly menacing) star of the show when his beloved Stranglers made their video for This Song.
If you know of other managers who have appeared in music videos, write or tweet us @TheKnowledge_GU. And if you want to know everything about football players on the MTV stage, check out that old Joy of Six, while there’s more acquaintances exploring songs referencing teams and players.
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“Bernardo ‘Españata’ Edo, Valencia’s late and great former kitman, will have a street in the Spanish town named after him. » notes Niall McVeigh. “Are there any other examples of streets, buildings or stadiums named after the club’s backroom staff?”
“The road to Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough is Shepherdson Way, named after Harold Shepherdson,” writes Richard Slater. “He only played 17 games for Boro and is best known as assistant manager/coach to Alf Ramsey when England won the World Cup in 1966. He also coached at Boro for many years and served as interim manager on four occasions.Unfortunately, he only received his World Cup medal posthumously.
“Shout at the Gordon Guthrie stand at Pride Park?” adds Tom Hopkins. “Named after the physio, equipment man and Derby legend who we miss so much.
“Recently the chairman of the South African club, Royal AM, who is registered as a player, was appointed as a substitute. He never came, but have there ever been any instances of a chairman playing for his club? Tweets by Kameel G.
We reviewed this back in 2017 – don’t tell us you forgot Willem ‘the Cannon’ Hesselink – but it’s worth a quick update, especially since we missed a few examples back then. But let’s start with a more recent case, involving a gentleman who is a Netflix series waiting to happen.
Then, the curious/comically narcissistic case of FC Kallon.
Naming a team after yourself is all well and good, but Jomo Sono has raised the bar by adding a bit of New York glamor to his favorite project.
In 1974, Elton John briefly quit the day job…with hilarious consequences.
Rod Stewart, a more proficient footballer, also played in the game.
Then there are the presidents who signed up but for one reason or another did not make it to the field. “Gillingham’s Paul Scally signed up as a player in 1996 hoping to make an appearance in the final game of the season if the team had already won promotion,” writes Chris Matterface. ‘They had, but he still hasn’t played – it’s widely believed manager Tony Pulis refused to pick him and it was the first stage in the deteriorating relationship between the two that ultimately led Scally to fire Pulis for gross misconduct in 1999 and a lengthy trial.
And finally, that surely can’t be true. Can he?
Oldest international rookie
“With Remko Pasveer having just made his debut for the Netherlands aged 38, is he the oldest debutant for any national team?” asks Juliusz Nitecki.
Pasveer, the Ajax goalkeeper, made his debut for Poland last week aged 38 years and 318 days. He’s not really the oldest debutant in the Netherlands, let alone any country. Another keeper, Sander Boschker of Twente, won his only cap against Ghana in 2010 aged 39 years and 224 days.
There is a list of the oldest debutants in men’s international football on the big site RSSSF. There are a few asterisks, mostly involving games from the 19th century, and there’s the inevitable debate over whether some games are official internationals. Either way, Pasveer is around 30th on the list.
There are a few notable entries. In 2001, Željko Vuković made his debut in Austria as outfield player at the age of 39 years 260 days. And let’s be honest, we had no idea former Stockport County manager Danny Bergara played for Brunei, let alone the age of 41.
As recently as 2019, 50-year-old goalkeeper Keith Yon made his debut for Saint Helena. (There’s some doubt about which game constitutes his official debut, but everyone agrees he was in his 50s when it happened.)
This puts Yon second on the RSSSF list, which lists the oldest debutant as former Retford Town midfielder Barrie Dewsbury. He was 52 years and nine days old when he came out of retirement to play for Sark, one of the Channel Islands, against Gibraltar at the Island Games in 2003. Not to mention the scoreline: they lost 19-0.
“I recently read somewhere that the 1878 FA Cup final between Wanderers and Royal Engineers featured an Engineers goal which remains with no credited goalscorer”, wrote Greg Lea in 2012. “Playing the kicking and rushing tactics of the day, the whole team put the ball in the net and, without the ability to shoot instant replays, no one really knows who actually got the touch final. Are there similar examples of this in more modern times? »
Although not the answer to the question posed, Greg’s question triggered a synapse in the memory banks of Ciaran Grant, who recalled reading something about the League’s only case. football where an own goal was credited to two different players. “I can only determine that this happened between 1954 and 1957 when the two players involved both played for Leicester City,” he wrote. “The story goes that Stanley Milburn and Jack Froggatt both went to clear the ball simultaneously causing the missed ball to end up in the net. It could not be decided at the time which touch was the last, so the “goal” was credited to both players.Interestingly, Stanley Milburn was a cousin of Jackie Milburn and an uncle of Bobby and Jack Charlton.
Thanks to Ciaran’s prompting in the right direction, further investigation by us has revealed that the comedic own goal in question was indeed scored in a match between Chelsea and Leicester at Stamford Bridge on December 18, 1954. Unfortunately, we had neither YouTube nor Pathé News images of the common shame of MM. Milburn and Frogatt, but if you squint really hard at the attached archive thumbnail you can see how it was reported in the Guardian’s classified results at the time.
Can you help ?
“Who was the first player to miss (or potentially miss, like Gazza in 1990) a major final by suspension?” wonders Emily Flacker.
“Kevin De Bruyne has played against Wales nine times in his international career. Has a player won more caps against the same opposition?” asks Joran.
“Norwegian side Aalesunds Fotballklubb were promoted from tier two in 2019 with a solid 79 points from 30 games. The following season they were relegated with 11 points from 30 games. This means they went from 2.63 points per game in 2019 to 0.29 in 2020. Has any team seen a bigger drop in average points per game from season to season muse Arne Bjarne Fjøsmælås.
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