Additional information about this England World Cup Squad vinyl art.
The England World Cup Squad – The Artist
The England World Cup Squad of 1970 made a considerable impact to novelty sport themed pop songs as this was the track that set the trend for football players swapping the pitch for the recording studio. Though none of them were singers professionally after some coaching and by enlisting the assistance of a marching band this rousing tune became very popular.
Back Home – The Song
Back Home is a song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. It was recorded by the 1970 England World Cup squad. The single, which began the tradition of the England squad recording World Cup songs to celebrate their involvement, reached number one on the UK singles chart for three weeks in May 1970. England were the reigning world champions at the time, having won the 1966 World Cup, but were knocked out in the Quarter Finals after a 3-2 defeat to West Germany.
The tune to the song was also used as the theme tune for popular BBC mid-1990s football/comedy TV programme Fantasy Football League.
The Football / Soccer Shirt – The Shape
In association football, kit (also referred to as a strip or uniform) is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. Footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Originally a team of players wore numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding roughly to their playing positions, but at the professional level this has generally been superseded by squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs also usually display players’ surnames or nicknames on their shirts, above their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport and advances in clothing manufacture and printing allowed shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with increasingly colourful and complex designs. With the rise of advertising in the 20th century, sponsors’ logos began to appear on shirts, and replica strips were made available for fans to purchase, generating significant amounts of revenue for clubs.
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