Gary Lightbody loves Manchester United and Norman Whiteside, but the Snow Patrol man just can’t have his side winning the Premier League over selling out somewhere like Wembley Stadium. Fair enough, talkSPORT.com thought.
1. What was the first football match you went to?
Sneaking through the fence at Clandeboye Park Bangor (now the Bangor Fuels Arena) to watch Bangor FC v Ards. I think it was £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for kids at that time and my dad still made me hop the gate while he went through the turnstile. Ha. Sorry, Bangor. My secret shame revealed. A bit later in my childhood I became a Manchester United fan because of Norman Whiteside; always a Northern Irish connection in there somewhere. Most Northern Irish people have an Irish team, Scottish team and English team. My Scottish team is Dundee FC as I went to uni in the city.
2. What was the first gig you went to?
Red Hot Chili Peppers in the Ulster Hall, Belfast in 1991. Nirvana in the King’s Hall, Belfast was my second gig.
3. Which was better: the match or the gig?
The gig. My tiny mind was blown.
4. Who was your childhood hero?
Norman Whiteside. He was the youngest ever player at a World Cup (Spain ’82) so I think a lot of Northern Irish kids grew up idolising him.
5. Who has been your club’s best signing, and why?
Eric Cantona. Everything about him; his style, audacity, vision, skills, confidence. All of it.
7. Sell out concert at Wembley Stadium, or your team to win the league?
Ha. Sorry but Wembley. Yeah, every musicians dream.
8. Which footballer would you refuse to do a karaoke duet with?
How mean do you think I am? Ha. Get involved I say.
9. What’s the best terrace chant you’ve ever heard?
The best one is the David Healy chant to ‘Away in a Manger’.
Away in a manger,
No room for a bed
The little lord Jesus Lay down his sweet head
The stars in the bright sky,
Looked down where he lay
Healy! Healy! Healy!
10. What song do you think your team should run out to?
They’ve played Snow Patrol songs before the Northern Ireland team walk out at Windsor Park before Northern Ireland games. Life complete!
11. If you had to support a different team, which one would it be and why?
There are a fair few Northern Ireland players at West Brom, so they are always a team I look out for. Such a shame what happened this season but the form since Darren Moore took over was so good that they will hopefully bounce back up next season.
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