#7 Eric Clapton – West Bromwich Albion
So far, we’ve dabbled in many genres but let’s get back to good old Rock n Roll. Eric Clapton, is perhaps one of the most recognised guitarists ever. He was the lead guitarist of Cream, The Yardbirds, Derek and the Dominos, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Blind Faith.
A successful solo career further cemented Eric ‘Slowhand’ Clapton as one of the best guitarists in rock and roll history. Clapton is a West Bromwich Albion fan and even suggested so in the back-cover of his 1978 album ‘Backless’ which had the Baggies scarf draped on the couch.
However, nobody had seen Clapton at the Hawthorns – West Brom’s stadium – until recently. Just a few months ago in December itself, an Albion supporter met the iconic guitarist at the Hawthorns and posted the picture on twitter. Judging by the tweet, we’re guessing Clapton is pretty happy these days with Tony Pulis as Albion’s boss.
#6 Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) – Manchester United
Richard Ashcroft is one of the great lyricists and singer/songwriters of our generation. Although he was born in Wigan, the lead singer of the 90's band ‘The Verve’ is a huge Manchester United fan. The Verve were together responsible for a number of hit albums and songs, the most famous of which were – ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Lucky Man’.
He has since focused on a solo career releasing a number of solo albums. Songs like ‘On A Beach’ and ‘You On My Mind In My Sleep’, from his solo work are stand-outs. He was reportedly at the Nou Camp for THAT 1999 Champion’s League Final against Bayern Munich.
He was also pictured in a video with a No.11 Manchester United jersey with his last name at the back.
Ashcroft hasn’t got as much recognition outside the UK, despite his obvious talent and genius. However, just to show you how well respected he is in the music community, Oasis brothers Noel and Liam dubbed him ‘Captain Rock’ and even dedicated a song called ‘Cast No Shadow’ to him.
He did, however, don the club’s jersey in a celebrity charity game between Manchester United and Celtic. The musical genius is a proper Red Devil.Published 11 Feb 2017, 16:13 IST