New Mood on Monday

This may not sound like the usual cheery Monday morning post, but bear with me.

Friday was a day for celebrity deaths the likes we’ve not seen since 2016.

Not in the order that they were announced, we lost the Wales and British and Irish Lions winger J.J. Williams. As many of you will know, I lived in Wales from the end of the 1980s, and though this was long after JJ’s time had gone, he was still spoken about with a dewy-eyed reverence, and justifiably so.

Then there was Nobby Stiles; you might not be aware of this, because it rarely gets mentioned, but in 1966 England won the footiekickball World Cup, and Nobby was one of the players what won it. Nobby was most famous for a) having no teeth, and b) dancing around holding the Jules Rimet (still gleaming) trophy aloft. Thankfully, the latter was immortalised in The Greatest Football Song Ever (Yes, the NewOrderEngland song was cooler, but does it get sung on the terraces like this does? No.):

It’s just a shame that Nobby dancing was recreated by…*checks notes*…Nottingham Forest legend Steve Stone.

But saddened as I was by the passing of both these sporting legends, it was the death of a comedy great that saddened me most.

I – and everybody I knew – loved Bobby Ball in the late 70s/early 80s – we all wanted to have braces, we all would say “Rock on Tommy!” in the school playground come Monday morning – so to hear that he was the latest high profile victim of Covid was truly unwelcome news.

Monday mornings, though, are supposed to be a time of positivity around these parts, and we can still do that, by posting Cannon and Ball’s frankly bloody great signature tune:

It’s what he would have wanted, I’m sure.

RIP you fecking legends.

More soon.

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19 thoughts on “New Mood on Monday”

  1. And then Sean Connery on Saturday.
    At the Hibs v Hearts Scottish Cup semi- final on Saturday they took the field to the Bond theme tune. A fitting tribute to an Edinburgh lad.

  2. I’d just like to point out that “World Cup Willie” – the song which accompanied England’s winning of the World Cup in 1966 – was sung by a Scotsman.

  3. I don’t know if you have the whole album or not, but C & B’s version of ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ is definitely worth hearing.

  4. Nobby was a Manchester legend. I’m too young to have seen him but growing up as a United fan from the late 70s onwards his name was always around, as one of the 68 European Cup Winning team (something that round here meant as much if not more than the world cup 2 years earlier). He lived locally too, very unassuming and humble bloke. Someone said at the weekend that the list of Englishmen who have won the world cup is short. The list of those who have won it and danced around Wembley with Jules Rimet in one hand and their dentures in the other is even shorter. RIP Nobby Stiles.

      1. Sorry, I’m a bit behind on the blogs so just read this one – I foolishly tried to become a daily blogger for a while but it’s not easy, is it? All hail to those who manage.

      2. No need to apologise! I’ve been meaning to stop by your place to wish you well in the task you’ve set yourself. It certainly isn’t easy: I try every now and again but never manage to sustain daily posts for very long. My advice, for what it’s worth, is to try to write two or three in one sitting, that way you can have a day off if you lack inspiration, and it gives you a little more time and breathing space if you want to pass comment on anything going on in the world.

      3. Yes, that would have been a good plan however I’ve had so much else going on that involves sitting in front of a computer that I’ve done my neck and shoulders in. I have another blog I’m going to populate for a wee while then return with 30in 30 #14….

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