Bideford football fans' World Cup anthem for England

TWO Bideford football fans are hoping to spur England to glory this summer with their unofficial World Cup soccer song. Phil Mathie, 41, and Brian Johnson, 43, who grew up in Bideford but now live in Chelmsford, Essex, wrote and recorded Show the World wi

TWO Bideford football fans are hoping to spur England to glory this summer with their unofficial World Cup soccer song.

Phil Mathie, 41, and Brian Johnson, 43, who grew up in Bideford but now live in Chelmsford, Essex, wrote and recorded Show the World with the help of Phil's wife Sally.

They said they decided to pen their own fans' anthem to help put the fun back into English football in time for the World Cup in South Africa.

"We are not professionals and have never done anything like this in our lives but decided we'd have a go at writing song for England," said Phil.


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"We were so proud of our efforts we started to tell people about the song and to our astonishment, everyone who heard it said we really must do something with it. Lots of people have said it is as good as, if not better, than many of the unofficial footy songs."

The would-be Baddiel and Skinners enlisted the help of friends and family and recorded a video for the song in the Mathies' back garden during Easter weekend.

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Their efforts have already won them nearly 500 fans on a specially created page on Facebook, while a video of their efforts has been viewed more than 500 times since being posted on YouTube on Saturday.

The trio are set to be interviewed by BBC Radio Essex and have been in contact with Radio One and popular weekly football programme Soccer AM.

"We were really chuffed with all the support we've had and hope that the people in North Devon will help support two Bideford boys in their quest," said Phil.

But if their song - written to the tune of The Bare Necessities from Disney classic The Jungle Book - is to become a hit, it must first pass strict copyright laws.

"We have written to Warner Chappell, who now own the rights to this tune, to ask their permission to use the song, and we are waiting to hear back from them," said Sally, 31.

"We really don't know what they will say, but it's been a lot of fun making the song and it's really got us in the spirit for the World Cup.

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