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World Cup: Guide Dogs For FIFA Refs…

July 1, 2010

Don’t Let FIFA Drop The Ball: FACEBOOK FIFA PETITION

In our unwavering effort to make sure FIFA don’t fall asleep (again!) on the issue of bringing their match adjudication into the 21st Century, with better technology to prevent their piss-poor refs’ performance, we’re pressing forward with our FIFA petition to act sooner rather than later on the issue.

Please help show your support to apply grassroots pressure on FIFA to not only discuss the use of Goal Line Technology/ Live Video Review, but set a CONCRETE GOAL to actually have it in use BEFORE the next World Cup in 2014.

As a suggestion, in the meantime, as a cheaper solution for this World Cup in South Africa: issue all your refs with Guide Dogs and white canes, at least that way the fans won’t go so crazy when they don’t SEE an obvious goal or off-side!

Show your support and join us on Facebook, and tell all your friends…!

Don’t Let FIFA Drop The Ball: FACEBOOK FIFA PETITION

World Cup: FIFA Needs To Implement Use Of Live Video Review

June 28, 2010

Join our petition here: FACEBOOK FIFA PETITION

WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA 2010: If there is anything to be learned from Sunday’s matches (England v Germany, and Argentina v Mexico) and as mentioned heavily by the commentators of both games, FIFA needs to stop just considering using Live Video Review to improve the ref’s decisions on important calls, but needs to just man up and IMPLEMENT technology that’s been used in almost every other sport out there, certainly for important international events like the World Cup!

I don’t think there’s a single English or Mexican fan that would not vote a resounding YES to improving the extremely poor refereeing abilities. If anybody else turned up to work and ‘fucked up’ like the refs in both of Sunday’s matches (and in others so far in this World Cup!) they would have been sacked. Imagine a doctor giving a wrong diagnosis, for example – the hospital would have been sued…!!!

FIFA, sort your act out. NOW!

It doesn’t have to be used in amateur games, league games, or anywhere else, but surely for INTERNATIONAL (and European) matches, it should not even come into question. If it’s a matter of cost, add a couple of quid to the tickets!

THE LADDZ, are keeping the “CHANT” Alive and starting a Facebook campaign to petition FIFA to get off their fat lardies and SORT IT OUT…!

Join our petition here: FACEBOOK FIFA PETITION

World Cup: Neuer’s Confession (no Gestapo needed!)

June 27, 2010

This comment from German goal keeper, Maunuel Neuer, now has me fuming and is on my HIT LIST along with ass. ref. Jorge Larrionda:

“I didn’t react because I just wanted to concentrate on carrying on and making the game fast,” said Neuer, who plays for Schalke in the German Bundesliga. “I realized it was tight, but I was quite sure it was over the line. I think that perhaps the way I carried on so quickly fooled the referee and made him think it was not over.”

So, no Gestapo interrogation needed there. Why didn’t he have the INTEGRITY to fess up then and there…? If the German’s are happy to have won by… well… it’s as close to CHEATING as you can get, based on the above CONFESSION…! so be it, look where it got them the last time they tried to make up the rules in Europe?

The fact that Germany went on playing the advantage with 2 more goals cannot be considered due to the psychological advantage entering the second half one goal up creates.

I’m not happy with the German team, nor the ref’s WRONG decision. I rest my case.

World Cup: Team USA v Ghana June 26th

June 26, 2010

As the tension mounts in South Africa, an incredible match today between Team USA and Ghana…! If there’s a single fingernail left in the entire United States, I’d be surprised.

In an unexpected half time interview, when questioned about the early Ghanan goal, US keeper, Tim Howard, is alledged to have said, “Well, I saw the F**K-F**K…!!!%#@!!#@ FUUUUUU-%&*$#@@@… and then I F*******K-F-kteeee-F&^%$$#@!!!”

True to form, though, team USA came back to equalize early in the second half. Any American that wasn’t previously a fan of soccer (football, to our European readers!) will undoubtedly be converted forever, if they were lucky enough to have seen today’s match. When it looked like it was headed into a penalty shoot-out, with Team USA holding their own, the second goal from Ghana knocked the plucky US spirit a little. But surely, with Independence Day just around the corner, the same never-say-die attitude Team USA is renowned for kept them going all the way to the final, final whistle.

So, sadly, we say cheerio to our cousins from across the Pond, and hope they will now stand shoulder to shoulder with the England fans and help chant the Laddz to victory against arch rivals Germany in tomorrow’s match…

…Remember, keep the “Chant” alive and continue to CHANT LIKE AN ENGLISH FAN…!

www.theladdz.com

World Cup: England v Slovania

June 24, 2010

FINALLY boys…! A win and we stagger into the next round of the World Cup in South Africa. The same week the host nation rolled over to a crap French team… A little, spookily reminiscent of the old days of the British Empire, but let’s not go there! lol At least France is out already, nuff said.

Back to England… after a pretty disappointing start, there are signs that the England squad might actually start playing the game we invented, and play with some THREE LIONS pride. Let’s forget about all the bollox and politically correct bullshit, and get back to what’s really important: kicking the world’s arse and WINNING THE WORLD CUP.

Good chance that our worst nightmare will be repeated, and we’ll be facing Germany in the next round… hmmm… history repeating itself… going to battle against Germany…! lol Let’s f**king kick butt… pull together as a team… play strong, play with PASSION, the fans are chanting and cheering our national team on…

Sunday can’t come soon enough for this Expat footie fanatic.

Remember to keep yer “Chant” alive and “Chant Like an English Fan!”

www.theladdz.com

England v USA June 12th

June 12, 2010

We’re all still reeling… 1 – 1 final score… I think the Brazilian ref couldn’t wait to stop the painful game!

Am I the only one still feeling sick about Green’s “butterfingers’…?

The game started well, with it looking like all America was going to win was the toss, with England scoring an impressive early goal in the first 4 minutes!!! Then tragedy struck right before half-time… I can’t bear to write about the cock-up that will haunt Green’s career forever (unless England go on to finally win!)

A lack-lustre second half, with neither side really showing much spunk or passion, and obviously a very disappointing final result. For England to have any chance in future matches, especially against stronger and more experienced teams (seriously chaps, America…? It should have been a 2-0 walkover!) we have to start playing like a united force, not a bunch of glory-seekers… a little bit more teamwork and we’ll have some better footie as the weeks go on.

As to our World Record attempt… as disappointing as England’s effort on the pitch today: lack of manpower and ‘technical’ difficulties (including a person that shall remain nameless on our squad, but not Richard and Mad Ant) put a big spanner in the works of the attempt… falling rather short of our 1966 goal, so far, we’ve had reports back from a little under 100 pubs that could actually participate and play the track at half-time.

A BIG thank you to all the pubs that took part around the world. We made a valient attempt… not easy to pull off a new World Record at such short notice and with only a two-man team!

Looking forward to some excellent football over the coming weeks… and may the best team (England!) win…!!!

www.theladdz.com

Expat. Brits Attempt New World Record during World Cup 2010

May 27, 2010

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London – World Cup 2010 fever is finally in the air. For two weeks at least, the world can forget about BP oil leaks, trouble in Korea and kick back to enjoy some edge-of-the-seat international football. One country – the birthplace of football – always tends to go OTT at this time of year: England. Since there’s no official World Cup Song from the England squad this year, the fans and supporters have released a massive 165 or more ‘unofficial’ Songs to cheer along the national team.

In an effort to stand out from the crowd, one such ‘unofficial’ England World Cup Song contender, “Chant Like an English Fan” by the Laddz, is trying something very different. The independent label behind the track, Bootlace Records, has decided to show the world exactly why the English are unique and can achieve the impossible. With under three weeks until kick off, the team are attempting to have their track played simultaneously at over 1966 pubs and sports venues in the UK and around the world during the half time break of the first England match against America on June 12th. As well as trying to set an ‘unofficial’ World Record with the attempt, they are also raising money for the British Legion.

The idea for the World Record attempt came after Alan Keegan agreed to play their song during half time earlier this year at Old Trafford during the Manchester United v Fulham match, where Man Utd won 4 – 0. “We thought, if ‘Chant’ really is a good omen like that, maybe it can help England bring the Cup back home this year,” said Donnelly. “Just like when we originally came up with the song idea, we thought, ‘How hard can it be to set a new World Record?’”

The expatriated song writing duo (Richard Eyre and Anthony Donnelly) have put a big dent in their target of 1966, and have over 536 different venues already willing to participate in their World Cup World Record stunt. Most of the locations signed up to participate so far are in the US and UK, although they also have pubs taking part in Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain, Australia and Italy. Although they are still a long way from their goal, they are optimistic that they will hit their target come June 12th.

“We’re only just starting to promote the event publicly,” said Eyre. “It’s incredible the help and support we’re getting from other Brits abroad that want to help out.” With no marketing budget and just a lot of hard work, the pair is working day and night via the internet and on the phone contacting as many new venues as possible.

Pubs wishing to participate can contact the Laddz at worldrecord@theladdz.com and the track “Chant Like an English Fan” can be heard on their website www.theladdz.com and will be available on download from itunes on May 31st. “For obvious reasons, we tried to get the Song played during the friendly against Egypt earlier this year, but the FA declined,” Donnelly said, glumly. “But the crowning glory of this whole event would be, if they’d agree to play it during the half time of the actual match in South Africa!”

Although Guinness World Records have declined to formally acknowledge this new World Record attempt, the team is optimistic that the event will be so large and gain so much publicity that it will eventually have to be acknowledged as a new World Record.

About: Bootlace Records is an independent record label co-owned and created by producer, Stephe Meloy, and co-writers Richard Eyre and Anthony Donnelly. They are the inspiration behind the Laddz and their debut World Cup England Song “Chant Like an English Fan”.  For more information, see www.theladdz.com or email them at worldrecord@theladdz.com

New World Record Attempt

May 25, 2010

Everybody knows the Brits are a bit crazy… and World Cup season brings out the best (or worst) in all of us. As if having over 165 ‘unofficial’ football supporters songs for the England squad this year was not crazy enough… Mad Ant and Richard of The Laddz have decided to try and pull off an IMPOSSIBLE new World Record attempt.

It’s SO CRAZY… the folks at Guinness aren’t pitching in (yet!) so we’re having to go it alone… So, we need YOUR HELP…!

WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO:

Already we have the support of about 600+ pubs in the UK and abroad (stretching from Australia to Brazil, and Spain to Hong Kong!) but that’s not enough…

We’re trying to have our song “Chant Like an English Fan” simultaneously played at over 1966 (a very good year for English football!) pubs in as many different countries as possible during the half time break of the England vs USA match on June 12th and donate ALL the procedes Bootlace Records makes to the British Legion.

 HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Helping is EASY… we have all the promotional material ready (posters, participation forms, press releases, etc.)… what we need your help in doing is:

  1. Spread the word! Twitter this event, Facebook it, Myspace it… send emails, call your radio station… whatever you can do!
  2. Get your local pub (or wherever you’re watching the England vs US match) to get involved – it’s great publicity for them, as it’s not every day you get to take part in a NEW World Record attempt.
  3. Tell any friends abroad about it, especially if they are British/ English.

All participating pubs/ venues get a FREE copy of our MP3 to play on the day and can use the event in ANY free publicity and promotion they want to do.

For more information, email us directly: ant@theladdz.com or richard@theladdz.com

Thank you so very much in advance for all your help!

www.theladdz.com

World Cup Song Writer Takes Vow-of-silence

May 13, 2010

The World Cup kick-off is just 30 days away now and golly things are getting tense. Will England finally bring the Cup back to the Land of Football? Anthony (“Mad Ant”) Donnelly, co-writer of our song for England, “Chant Like an English Fan” is taking no chances.

In honour of the game and in support of the England team, he’s taken a vow of silence – which started at midnight last night. Spokesperson for Mr Donnelly, Iva Loudvoice, read the following statement on his behalf:

“Thank you all for the wonderful support of our song for England, “Chant Like an English Fan”, you’ve all been wonderful. Every four years the world’s greatest football teams compete for the most coveted prize of all: The World Cup.

“This year is no exception, and England looks in tip-top form to do us all proud. In honour of our national team, I have sworn to take a vow-of-silence until England wins this year. I ask for your continued support and reach out to the girlfriends and wives of all the humble England supporters around the world and beg you to join me in my vow-of-silence so we can all finally enjoy some uninterupted football this time round!”

Well, there you have it… hopefully silence will reign in your household, so you can watch some quality football this year. Failing that, we find that masking tape works wonders too (especially, if applied during sleep!)

Thank you all so much for the continued AWESOME support of our corkin’ toon: Keep the “Chant” alive… and Chant Like an English Fan for the England squad this year!

Available from iTunes May 31st…

It’s A Funny Old Game…

April 24, 2010

Some funny facts about our song “Chant Like an English Fan” by The Laddz, and some very early predictions…

Liam Sternberg, the writer and composer of the music and lyrics for “Walk Like an Egyptian” upon which “Chant” is based, is a Frenchman. Boo, hiss…!

“Walk Like an Egyptian” was originally performed by the brilliant girl band, The Bangles, who are American… England is playing the US in their first match on June 12th… more booing and hissing…!

The FA refused to play “Chant” at half-time during the friendly England vs Egypt match at Wembley earlier this year… boo, boo, hisssss…!

Now, some early predictions by Mad Ant based on the above… Perhaps some people won’t like our track because of the Egyptian, American, and French associations, but…

England WILL BEAT America 3 – 0 in their June 12th match…

The crowd at Wembley would have loved the song, but England still beat Egypt 4 – 0

If England is plays against France, England will win 2 – 1 after leading 1 – 0 at half-time…

Only time will tell, if Mad Ant is really a football tipster psychic, but the games are only a few weeks away now, and you read it here first…! Hoorah…!!!

REMEMBER: we need all the support we can get for our track, call your local DJ, radio station, or email them, ask for them to play our song, tell your friends, your neighbours, download our ringtone… play it at school, at work, at home… England’s gonna bring the Cup back home this year!!!