Pass Shoot Goal by Gracie Fields
Here is an article from the Rochdale Observer about the song Pass Shoot Goal by Gracie Fields. You can download the track from Document Records and there is also a remix of the same song by Cherry Sheriff.
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Soccer anthems? They’re just copying Our Gracie
EVERY four years a large portion of the world’s population turn on their TV sets to watch the greatest tournament on earth – the World Cup. And one of the enduring traditions of the English football fan is to send the team off to the cup with a good song behind them.
Remember ‘Back Home’ in 1970, four years after England had won the cup at Wembley? In 1982 Kevin Keegan’s men belted out, less than melodiously it must be said, ‘This Time’, and the 1998 World Cup gave us Fat Les’s ‘Vindaloo’, probably the most repetitive song ever penned.
Now the race is on to find an appropriate tune for Germany, but what is probably not known is the first football anthem was recorded by none other than... Gracie Fields. Rochdale’s most famous daughter recorded ‘Pass. Shoot. Goal.’ in 1931, delivered in her trademark Lancashire accent. This startling information was unearthed by Document Records, a major cataloguer of music hall, blues and jazz records, which has a copy of Gracie’s original recording. Document Records’ Gillian Atkinson said: "There has been a lot of talk about which song should accompany England to this year’s World Cup, but what probably is unknown is that Rochdalians pipped them all with Gracie’s risque little number all those years ago. "One theory is that the song was made to go with a film entitled ‘Derby Day’, presumably about a derby match between Oldham Athletic and Rochdale. "The film was never made, but Gracie’s recording, which we have managed to digitally remaster, is still with us." The words to Gracie’s song were written by the Northern songwriters Evans, Lowrie and Tyldesley. The chorus goes: "Football, football, it drives me up the pole. You hear their gentle voices call – pass, shoot... goal!" Despite her heavy workload at the time, Gracie Fields always kept an eye on how Rochdale were doing. In February 1931, when a cash crisis nearly caused Dale to go under, she paid the team’s entire expenses for an away game to Barrow.
So now, along with ‘Sally’, ‘Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye’ and ‘The Biggest Aspidistra in the World’, can go ‘Pass. Shoot. Goal’!
Thanks to Dave Appleton for this article.