Belle of the ball

Depending on just how extensive your BELLE & SEBASTIAN collection is, you might already know Scotland’s favourite band have recorded a song called I Don’t Want To Play Football. But this wasn’t the case yesterday afternoon for B&S frontman Stuart Murdoch (above).

Representing Oxjam, a nationwide music festival in aid of Oxfam, he led his celebrity soccer team in a charity match against Oxfam volunteers at Hyndland Secondary School (right) in Glasgow.

In a field full of guys several years and beers past their peak, superfit Murdoch carried his indie pop team-mates and scored with a peach of a chipped header in the first half. With Justin Currie (below) in attack – and possibly a Teenage Fanclub member in defence – the quality of play was definitely more Del Amitri than Del Piero.

The Oxjam and Oxfam players left the field at half-time (see video at end) with the applause of the supporters ringing in their ears, although it was all too much for one B&S fangirl, who was spotted crying into her friend’s cardigan.

However, with the scores evenly poised at 2-2, The Pop Cop dropped a bombshell… Murdoch’s 11 men were up against 12.

Obviously astonished, the musician-turned-midfield maestro told us: “It did feel like we were working extra hard!” Clearly, Oxfam’s morals don’t extend to fair play on a football field.

After some half-time oranges the boys returned to action and Murdoch and Co, fired up by a sense of injustice, duly kicked some Oxfam ass to win 6-3. How’s that for an encore?

4 Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap (live at Bowlie 1999)


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