Yes Sir, I Can Boogie vs. Three Lions: a battle of the football anthems
Scotland and England fans will belt out their favourite terrace songs at Wembley
England vs. Scotland is the oldest rivalry in world football, says Bleacher Report. In the first meeting between the two nations, which is recognised by Fifa as the sport’s first-ever international, Scotland took on England at the West of Scotland Cricket ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick. The match ended in a 0-0 draw and was played in front of 4,000 spectators.
England vs. Scotland: Tartan Army could have 20,000 fans in London but only 2,800 will get in to see tonight’s (18th June 2021) Match.
Friday’s Euro 2020 group D fixture at Wembley (8pm, live on ITV) will see the capacity limited to just 22,500 fans because of Covid regulations. However, despite the smaller crowd, the rivalry off the pitch could be as entertaining as the one on it as both sets of supporters tune up to belt out their favourite terrace anthems.
With football (sort-of) coming home, England fans will hope that Three Lions will inspire their team to victory. But for the Tartan Army, a bit of disco is the choice genre.
Seventies hit Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara has become Scotland’s unofficial football anthem, Metro says. Scottish fans have embraced the disco track as their own – and with 2,800 expected at Wembley, you’ll likely hear it ringing out in the stadium.
Scotland can thank Aberdeen cult hero Andrew Considine for Yes Sir, I Can Boogie being adopted as their unofficial national anthem, The Daily Telegraph reports.
It was originally adapted by fans as a tribute to Considine after the 33-year-old famously danced to the song on his stag do. Then following the play-off win in Serbia, the Scottish team celebrations went viral after a video showed them “bouncing around the dressing room” to Baccara’s hit.
What’s on the stadium playlist?
The English Football Association has picked the Baddiel, Skinner and Lightning Seeds classic Three Lions for their pre-match Wembley playlist at the Euros, the Daily Mail reports.
Gareth Southgate and his team will also hear New Order’s World in Motion, which the Mail says is “arguably the finest football song of them all”, and Fat Les’s Vindaloo.
For Scotland’s games at Hampden Park Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is a must-play. The Scottish FA have also chosen Runrig’s Celtic classic Loch Lomond, Gala’s Freed From Desire and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.
Record-breaking football anthem Three Lions to get limited edition vinyl release to mark 25th anniversary.
The 1996 classic from Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner is set to get a vinyl release this June.
A limited edition vinyl of iconic football anthem Three Lions has been announced to mark the track’s 25th anniversary.
Released 25 years ago on 20 May 2021, Sony Music has revealed that a limited edition red 7″ vinyl of Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was released on June 4.
The A-Side features the original 1996 recording with the B-Side featuring Three Lions ’98, plus a numbered sleeve.
Back in 1996 the FA approached Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie to write an official Euro ’96 track with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner. The exceptionally catchy song that resulted became an instant classic, reaching Number 1 on its release and returning to the top spot three more times over the next 22 years.
During the Summer of 2018, it broke an all-time Official Chart record after scoring four separate runs at Number 1 with the same artist line-up. View Three Lions’ full UK chart run here.
Matching the drama of England’s performance in the 2018 World Cup, the track made history again the very next week when it saw the biggest ever drop from Number 1, falling 96 places (!).
To date, the original single has notched up 1.2 million chart sales – including 936,000 physical and digital sales and 45.6 million audio and video streams.
The dates 3 Lions made No.1 to break all records:
PS – Friday Evening Wembley: The sound of Flower Of Scotland echoing around one end of Wembley and loud jeers emanating from the other provided the snap verdict on the goalless Euro 2020 meeting between England and Scotland.