The Football League Paper - - FINAL THIRD - By John Lyons

IT WOULDN’T be a cup fi­nal with­out a song – and Coven­try City have had one ded­i­cated to them in the lead-up to the Check­a­trade Tro­phy fi­nal.

Ir­ish band the Cor­ri­gan Broth­ers made them­selves fa­mous al­most a decade ago with their YouTube hit, There’s No One As Ir­ish As

Barack O’Bama, but football, and not pol­i­tics, is one of their big pas­sions.

The trio, Ger, Donny and Brian, have recorded football songs be­fore and have now switched their at­ten­tions to the Sky Blues. They’ve taken the melody from their O’Bama song and re­worked the lyrics to pro­duce Back Home At Wem­b­ley Coven­try City.

It’s now 30 years since Coven­try shocked Tot­ten­ham to win the FA Cup fi­nal, but they’ve hit hard times since, slump­ing to the bot­tom of League One and facing rel­e­ga­tion. Singer Ger, 51, told The

FLP: “With all the trou­ble the club have had in re­cent years, we thought it would be nice to do some­thing for the fi­nal and give the fans a bit of a buzz. We like to do quirky songs and have fun – we don’t take our­selves too se­ri­ously.

“I re­mem­ber how long Coven­try were in the top divi­sion and they are a sleep­ing gi­ant. They’ve got a fan­tas­tic fan base and it’s sad to see where they are now.

“Coven­try have had a mas­sive Ir­ish con­nec­tion over the years with play­ers like Robbie Keane, Phil Babb, Gary Breen and Willie Boland.”

The Lim­er­ick broth­ers have sent the lyrics to the club and are hop­ing their song will cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of sup­port­ers when it is re­leased next Satur­day.

“If they want us to sing it just be­fore the team go out on to the pitch, we’re willing to do it,” joked Ger, who ad­mits to be­ing an Arsenal fan. Donny fol­lows Leeds while Brian is a Manch­ester United sup­porter. So, will Coven­try be cel­e­brat­ing when the

fi­nal whis­tle blows on April 2 against fel­low League One side Ox­ford United? Ger is con­fi­dent.

“Ox­ford are a very good team, but I think des­tiny dic­tates Coven­try are go­ing to win,” he said. “They are def­i­nitely go­ing to win it – and stay up, too. They will get the bounce off Mark Robins com­ing in as man­ager. He’s a win­ner.”

GLORY: Coven­try cel­e­brate their FA Cup vic­tory in 1987

GIVE US A TUNE: The Cor­ri­gan Broth­ers

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