Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian still talks about his visit to Clapton six months on – and one song from the terraces ‘absolutely floored him’.
The Leicester City-supporting singer was among the 356 at the Old Spotted Dog in March supporting visitors West Essex in a 1-1 draw.
However, perhaps surprisingly the rock star was most impressed by an Ultras’ song based on a dance track – an elongated, rhythmic version of Rui Silva’s Touch Me.
ADan Reading, general manager of West Essex, said: “Serge from Kasabian came down with us last year.
“Clapton in the morning’ absolutely floored him. Still talks about it now.”
He added: “If my memory serves me right, pretty certain he knocked back tickets to West Ham V Leicester to come along.”
And Serge has been invited to the game between the sides at Mayesbrook Park later this season.
West Essex have strong links with the music industry in general, sponsored by indie club night This Feeling and have also been plugged online by Radio X presenter Gordon Smart.
However, Serge is by no means the only musician to have seen the Tons play in the Ultras era either.
St Etienne’s Bob Stanley saw the Tons’ opening day 5-1 defeat at Haringey Borough three seasons ago.
The Tons had a mare, including forgetting their kit, and new manager Mike Walther missed the start of his first game in charge, but Bob was impressed with the Ultras nevertheless.
Infamously, acoustic singer-songwriter Frank Turner visited the Old Spotted Dog on a mate’s stag do last season, prompting a backlash blog. Best not rehash that…
Other music types we’ve seen at Tons game in the last few years include Radio 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, Hefner singer Darren Hayman and dance act Caribou, aka Daniel Snaith. However, we’ve been unable to provide photographic or social media evidence yet.
None of them can match DJ Locksmith of Rudimental for commitment to Step Five football. He’s played against the Tons several times in recent years for Ilford, under his real name Leon Rolle.