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21 musicians and the football clubs they support

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Modified 11 Feb 2017, 17:22 IST
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#5 The Beatles –  Liverpool or Everton or Arsenal? 

The Beatles are regarded as the greatest band of all time

Ok so let’s set the record straight. The Beatles were arguably the greatest band ever (according to most people), they pretty much own every record in the music industry from most number one singles to number one albums to highest all-time album sales – you name it. 

However, the plain fact is that none of the Beatles took football very seriously. They represented the city of Liverpool more than Liverpool football club. We’ll still give you a bit of the theories nonetheless.

Paul McCartney supposedly leans towards Everton because his family are all Evertonians. In an interview with Radio Merseyside he said, “Here’s the deal: my father was born in Everton, my family are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby match or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have to support Everton.”

“I support them both[Liverpool and Everton]. They are both great teams. But if it comes to the crunch, I’m Evertonian.” 

George Harrison wasn’t really much of a football fan. He was quoted, when asked about which club he supported saying, “There are three teams in Liverpool and I prefer the other one.” –  Not much of a football fan, quite clearly. 

John Lennon wasn’t a big football fan either, but it is believed he supported Liverpool as a child. However, a drawing he made when he was 11 years old showing an FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Newcastle in 1952 has baffled Beatles and Liverpool fans for years. The drawing was used in his 1974 album ‘Walls and Bridges’. Newcastle beat Arsenal 1-0 to win the FA Cup in that final.  

However, he was not a fan of either club or football in general and it was just a memory he drew as a child. 

Finally, Ringo Starr is apparently an Arsenal fan because his Londoner father took him to only Arsenal games in his youth. But the drummer’s children are season ticket holders at Anfield. So in the end, it just leaves everything ambiguous with the Beatles. 

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#4 Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) –  Manchester United

Radiohead are a British band who have sold over 30 million records

Radiohead are one of the greatest bands in the world who are still together after their formation in Oxfordshire in 1985. After numerous successful albums through the years and releasing their ninth album, called ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, last year in May 2016, Radiohead have established themselves as one of the most revered bands today.

They are – Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood and Philip Selway. Everything they make is different, brilliant, mesmerising and they are undoubtedly the ultimate alternative rock band.

When it comes to football, it is believed that their front-man Thom Yorke supports Manchester United. It’s strange though because United pretty much represent a lot of what Thom rebels against in his music. A number of sources online say he is a United fan, but there is no photographic evidence to suggest so. 

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Ed O’Brien, however is a big Manchester United fan and has confirmed the same in numerous interviews. In one of them, he says, I’m also a big soccer fan — Manchester United — so I check out the MU sites, and there are a lot.”

O’Brien studied Economics at the Manchester University, so it probably could be the reason why he supports the Red Devils. 

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Published 11 Feb 2017, 16:13 IST
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