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Peter Crouch and Paul Potts plot Christmas number one with new remix album of football chants

Peter Crouch and Paul Potts plot Christmas number one with a new remix album of popular football chants usually heard on the terraces.

The former footballer has linked up with the well known opera singer and a 20-piece orchestra in a bid to turn terrace song into chart success.

Crouchy has put together a classical album of football songs including such chants as You’re Not Singing Anymore, VAR My Lord and Engerland, Engerland, Engerland.

The project, which sees eight tracks recorded – Crouchy Conducts The Classics – has been produced by Paddy Power and all proceeds will be donated to LGBT+ charity Stonewall in response to World Cup hosts Qatar’s human rights record.

The 41-year-old said: “I’ve always wanted to release my own album – so what better time than during a World Cup at Christmas? We’ve taken the best terrace chants and sprinkled a bit of festive magic on them.

“The whole team put in a big shift and I’m really happy with the teamwork, dedication and the finished product. With Paddy Power’s bank roll and the people’s support, we hope a Christmas number one album is coming home at the very least.”

The tongue in cheek record was released earlier this week and bookmakers Paddy Power has already pledged £25,000 to the charity.

Potts said: ‘I’ve always wanted to release my own album – so what better time than during a World Cup at Christmas?

‘We’ve taken the best terrace chants and sprinkled a bit of festive magic on them.

‘The whole team put in a big shift and I’m really happy with the teamwork, dedication and the finished product. With Paddy Power’s bank roll and the people’s support, we hope a Christmas number one album is coming home… at the very least.’

Paul added: ‘Our goal with the album is to inspire England fans to cheer on the team give the country the lift they so desperately need right now.

‘It was an honour to get the World Cup call-up from an England legend like Peter. I’ve always looked up to him.’

Also featuring on the album are soprano Olivia Safe, who has previously recorded with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Trevor Horn and Robbie Williams, with English National Opera singer Robin Bailey as a tenor.

Working with musical director and Royal Academy of Music alumni James Radford on the album, Peter Crouch has undergone classical training ahead of this, also making his conducting debut.

The debut single will raise money for men’s mental health charity Talk Club and was released on the 11th of November ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

Crouch and co could also be battling for Christmas number one with Tyson Fury who is currently joint favourite, with his version of the classic, Sweet Caroline.

‘The Gypsy King’ has spoken honestly about his own struggles with mental health and suicidal thoughts since returning to boxing in 2018 after it looked like his career was over.

In 2015, after one of the greatest performances from a British fighter on foreign soil, Fury had depression.

As well as alcohol and cocaine abuse, ‘The Gypsy King’ was dealing with bipolar disorder and was engrossed by suicidal thoughts.

“I’ve been an alcoholic, I’ve been a drug addict, I’ve been a fat b***** because I am a food addict and there’s not much I haven’t been addicted to, to be fair,” Fury told talkSPORT in May 2021.

“But I have recovered and I do feel better for it. There is life after mental health, if you manage it, and the last thing we need is for people to give in to mental health.

“It is a fight, it is a battle that we will have to continue to battle and fight for our whole life. But life is so much worth fighting for.”

Fans reacted as Peter Crouch and Paul Potts plot Christmas number one with their new remix album of football chants…

@Cclarke93: Brilliant 🤣

@CurtyB86: If there’s no “Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea!” it’s a hard pass from me.

@paulcalixte1: Don’t worry – Bocelli’s featured on that one

@seanbennett123: So Jokes, who ate all the pies is a personal favourite

@J555SST: That’s fucking quality 😂😂😂

@Andrew_Lawn: A natural evolution of football chanting. Closes the circle from Edward Elgar and a Victorian Music Hall in Norwich, to terraces around the globe…

@PughJoanne: It’s the sausage rolls you should be afraid of! Looks like a great Album ⚽️

@alister_masters: Who are all the pies… 🤣🤣🤣

@nigelwnw: Very funny 😂

@axelk: very good

@Jon_Bon_27: I didn’t believe this was real. Looked it up. Entire album will now be played on repeat till New Years

@VishRana_: Like, listen, stream, download and buy – all raising important funds for the brilliant team at Stonewall

@foreverayellow: ok this is just superb haha so gotta check this out on spotify

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