From the football pitch to the booth
Dreams. We all have them. When growing up I can almost guarantee that you either wanted to be a professional footballer or the next big pop star, but for some, the dream was to be both. In this blog, we will be having a look at some footballers who swapped their football boots for a DJ Turntable, DJ Mixer, and microphone!
Vincent Peter Jones was born in the year 1965. Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer, he played a total of 184 games in the Premier League, scoring a total of 13 goals. He played for many great teams, some of these include; Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United, and Queens Park Rangers. In 2002, Jones released his first and only album “Respect”, which you can now buy on amazon for an amazing £4.94!
Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez was born in Tocopill, Chile in the year 1988. Sánchez has been playing football from a very young age, he made his international debut back in 2006 when playing for the national team for Chile. Since then, he has gone on to play for some incredible football teams. In 2011, Barcelona confirmed their agreement for the transfer of Alexis at the price of €26 million. Sánchez then signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in 2014, the transfer fee cost a whopping €31.7 million. Four years later, Sánchez was given the number 7 shirt from the one and only Manchester United.
It’s a well-known fact that Sánchez is an accomplished pianist. When announcing his transfer to Manchester United, Sánchez was seen playing ‘Glory Glory Man Utd’ on the piano. However, at the time many people doubted whether this was true or not, which spoiler alert, it was. A few years earlier, Sánchez can be spotted playing the piano in the ‘Christmas SoundCech’ video, which was raising money for the Arsenal Foundation.
Jürgen Locadia was born in Emmen, the Netherlands in the year 1993. Locadia has a long history of football, playing for many clubs before he was offered a professional contract at the age of 18. In 2018, Premier club Brighton & Hove Albion paid a staggering £15 million for the transfer from PSV of Jürgen Locadia. Jürgen Locadia had already released his debut singles at this point. The singles were; “Take Off”, “Epok”, and “Can’t Let Go” which featured Andrew Tejada. With more releases in 2018, you could say that Locadia is winning at both football and music.
Andrew Alexander Cole was born in Nottingham, England in 1971. Cole is a former professional footballer, he played for a number of clubs, these include;
- Bristol City
- Newcastle United
- Manchester United
- Blackburn Rovers
- Manchester City
- Nottingham Forest
In 1999, Andy released his first single “Outstanding”. This single was produced by DJ Pied Piper, you may not have heard him but he was the man behind ”Do you really like it (is it wicked?)”.
John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE was born in Kingston, Jamaica in the year 1963. Barnes was an English former professional footballer and manager, he had successful periods at both Watford and Liverpool. Barnes also played for Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic and Celtic. In 2008, Barnes retired as a professional football player and took on the management role for Jamaica’s national team.
Barnes just wasn’t a successful footballer but a rap sensation in 2002 and 2010. He performed “World in Motion” by New Order, as well as appearing on the track “Anfield Rap”. The rap portion of “World in Motion” is one of the most memorable parts of the song, leaving it as an iconic piece of English football culture.