Crowley is set to rock Bradford after meeting legendary singer Bob Geldof and his band The Boomtown Rats.
The 69-year-old Live Aid star and his legendary group, which produced several hits in the late 1970s and early ’80s, are rehearsing at their studio at Stone House Farm, near Horsham, West Sussex.
They are playing a warm-up gig at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Tuesday 12 October before appearing at the London Palladium two days later.
And Geldof – pointing to a dilapidated barn behind him – gleefully explained why he was meeting the Red Devils.
He added: “This is a public service announcement here at Crawley Town FC. We are here to help the team build a better clubhouse!”
Geldof revealed that he lived near Crowley in Godstone and helped build Junction 7 on the M25.
He said: “I used to drive the machines that built the Merstom Interchange and live in Godstone. So man, I’m a house guy, come and see us at the hot theater!
“The Boomtown Rats support Crawley Town FC – come on guys let’s build a new clubhouse and score some goals this season.”
The tour manager for the Boomtown Rats – whose album includes Tonic for the Troops – is Crowley fan Mark Welch.
And Yams told SunSport: “Mark is a friend of mine and he comes to games, he’s a fan and was telling me The Boomtown Rats were doing a concert at Crawley.
“I asked if we could send the boys down to help publicize the concert locally.
“All the boys, because they’re a different generation, were on Google to see who is Bob Geldof?
“He is a role model for our kitman Marcus Doyle, who is himself half Irish.
“I said to the boys, ‘You know who Lord Nelson is?’ And they had heard of that, thank goodness! But I was saying one thing, ‘That’s history – and it’s good to look back on the past and learn things. Maybe that’s from the crap they hear nowadays’ Discover better music!”
Yams revealed that he pleases his players by playing Chas & Dave and Madness.
He said: “I’m a huge music fan. I loved Scar and Soul music.
“You can’t beat a little bit of craziness and Chas and Dave. That’s my stuff.
“I drive the boys crazy – they have to listen to something from my seventies and eighties. We’ve had a great time with The Sideboard Song by Chas & Dave.
“You have to create an atmosphere. It lifts the mood. If you can’t enjoy football, what’s the point?”
And when Yams was asked if he and his team were going to the gig, Geldof interrupted and said: “They’re the support act, they’ll be singing ‘Crawley, Crawley what a mega team.’ Don’t you do it? Know?”
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