5 ARTISTS WHO PLAY GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL



Music and football have often crossed over the years. From John Barnes' England rap to Andy Cole's "Outstanding" music video has lead to fans from the terraces shouting "stick to your day jobs".


It's the same on the other side of the coin though with the likes of Lukaku providing his own version of Fire in the Booth although I don't think Charlie Sloth will be calling him anytime soon. Meanwhile, Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause's single "Worth It" wasn't actually too bad although I doubt Chris Brown is having sleepless nights.


Anyway, back to while you're here. Here are 5 artists who are currently involved in grassroots football.


Yung Filly


Internet comedian and rapper Yung Filly is best known for presenting BBC Three’s Hot Property. He is also the artist behind songs such as “La Paila” and “Clean Up”, with the latter featuring Chunkz.


Filly signed for Sunday League side Under The Radar FC earlier this month. He made his debut against Orpington Rovers.



Don Strapzy


Don Strapzy is the founder of one of the country’s most popular Sunday League teams. He is the man behind SE Dons, who are considered the “Best on YouTube.”


Strapzy’s team has gained worldwide recognition, and fans across the country come to Lewisham to watch games. He claims that fans from as far as Papau New Guinea have shown an interest in supporting the team, which has over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube.


Having gained fame for his appearances on Fire in the Booth and his football entendres, Strapzy uses football as a way of helping young people. He hopes that SE Dons can become a semi-professional team in the near future.



Joe Black


Joe Black is the co-founder of AC United (now reformed under Starz FC), a team based in Islington, and a player/coach for Madness FC. He has also worked as a scout, coach, and is currently working for Arsenal as a recruitment officer.


Black, who studied Psychology at the University of Cardiff, started the All Cultures United Member Group in 2009. He coached a six-week program to help “challenging students” begin to build their futures, using football and support systems in the process.


Black also does scouting work for a category one Premier League academy.



Brotherhood (Menace and Blaze)


Byron and Jerome Ingham are brothers who form the rap duo Menace and Blaze. They found fame through the internet and have performed at festivals across the country. The siblings took a break from music in November 2016 to conduct volunteer work in Ghana, where they provided education to children.


Menace and Blaze are hosts at Kitchener FC, a team in their hometown of Ipswich. They plan to “put East Anglian football on the map” through their work.



Ramz


Ramz got his big breakthrough in 2018 after his song “Barking” went to number two in the U.K. charts. However, his career turned in a different direction in 2019 when he signed for Romford FC.


The 23-year-old, whose real name is Ramone Rochester, continues to make music whilst playing semi-professional football and turning out for Starz FC in the Barnet Sunday League.