Tuesday, November 29, 2022

World Cup Geeza: More Tea Vicar

THURROCK indie rockers More Tea Vicar have recorded a song for this year’s World Cup in memory of a football-loving fan.

The Stanford-le-Hope band teamed up with Linford sound engineer Andy Spurrell to record the track, Geeza, which will go on sale on iTunes next month.

All the money raised from sales of the track will be donated to the Meningitis Trust, in honour of Stanford-le-Hope man and More Tea Vicar fan Andrew Burroughs.

Andrew, 26, a former St Clere’s school pupil, died within two days of being diagnosed with the disease on Christmas Eve, 2008.

More than 30 of Andy’s friends, plus two police officers, got together at East Tilbury Recreation Club to record the video for the song, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Andy, 26, a student at Wolverhampton University, knew Andrew at school and was the brains behind the song and the video.

“The death of our school mate a huge impact on us all,” says Andy. “I was inspired to record Geeza after seeing a photograph of a football hooligan being led away by police on TV at Euro ‘96, with a big Union Jack painted on his stomach.

“The fact he had a painting on his stomach made me laugh and would have made Andrew do so, too, because he was a keen football fan. He also attended loads of More Tea Vicar gigs.

“We hope the charity song makes the Top 40 in the UK chart, so we need all the support we can get.”

Geeza can be downloaded from iTunes from June 7.

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