In an earlier article I compared the Premier League’s ‘Big Four’ to various musical artists. This week I will be considering the following teams…
Tottenham Hotspur – Fleetwood Mac
A wealth of similarities link White Hart Lane’s finest and Fleetwood Mac. The histories of both band and team are remarkably congruent; a healthy spell of success in the past, followed by a subsequent period of inactivity in the doldrums, followed by a recent renaissance. Spurs, successful during the 1960s and 1970s, enjoyed a disappointing spell between the early 1990s and mid noughties.
Under the likes of Harry Redknapp, Juande Ramos and Martin Jol, Spurs have returned to the upper echelons of the table and managed to land themselves some silverware. Fleetwood Mac were big in the late ‘60s, absolutely MASSIVE in the ‘70s, whilst enduring a comparative lack of success during the ‘90s and early noughties. ‘The Mac’ re-emerged during the mid-noughties with the success of their album ‘Say You Will’, with their sold-out worldwide tour of 2009 suggesting that they’re once again a force to be reckoned with.
Both Spurs and Fleetwood Mac have a strong English core – Fleetwood Mac’s longstanding rhythm section is comprised of Englishmen John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, whilst Spurs’ spine features the talents of Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.
Unfortunately the behaviour of Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Spurs’ players Defoe, Crouch and Keane suggest that they were all lying when they said they were ‘Never Going Back Again’… (and after we all thought that they would Go Their Own Way…)
Manchester City – Miley Cyrus
I must admit that I’m indebted to footballfancast.com user Busby for this comparison. Although Busby used the divisive figure of Miss Cyrus to describe Chelsea, I can’t help but think that Manchester City are a better fit.
To quote said user, both Cyrus and Citeh would be “utterly useless but for heavy financial backing.” Miley Cyrus, brought to mass public attention due to the funding of Disney, is well on her way to global domination. Having spent in excess of £300m over the course of the past two seasons, it seems as though the wealthiest side in the world have similar aspirations of grandeur.
Everton – Starsailor
As a famous supporter of Liverpool, Starsailor frontman James Walsh will undoubtedly detest this comparison, but there are certainly a few parallels between his band and Everton.
Tenuously, there is a geographical connection, as both hail from the northwest (Starsailor are from Wigan, and Everton are based in Liverpool). More prominently though, the pair have been known to have expressed jealousy at being overshadowed by more illustrious and successful local rivals. Everton have consistently worked in the shadow of local neighbours Liverpool, with fans of the Toffees referred to as ‘Bitters’ by fans of the Anfield side.
Starsailor infamously slagged off Manchester titans Oasis, with Walsh once stating that “If Oasis think the music is still important, they’re mistaken. They had their day in the sun. I don’t listen to Oasis any more and I don’t let their comments bother me any more.”
West Ham United – Iron Maiden
Apologies for the somewhat lazy comparison here. My decision to pair West Ham United with heavy metal legends Iron Maiden stems from the obvious link between the two; Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris was a youth team player for the Upton Park outfit in the 1970s and is one of the club’s most famous fans (indeed he sports a West Ham United crest on his bass guitar).
Both pride themselves on being truly great, traditional English institutions. Having conquered the global heavy metal world, Iron Maiden are regarded as a definitive English symbol across the six continents. Avoiding a mention of their relatively empty trophy cabinet, West Ham United fans frequently claim that they ‘won the World Cup’ on account of the fact that England’s scorers (Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters) in the victorious 1966 World Cup Final were both West Ham players.
Whilst both have enjoyed minimal mainstream success, Iron Maiden and West Ham United are infamous for their fiercely loyal fanbases.
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