I'll Be There

Album: Single Release Only (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • Welsh four-piece The Stand comprise Super Furry Animals' Guto Pryce (bass), Funeral For A Friend's Ryan Richards (drums), Catatonia's Owen Powell (guitar) and actor Jonathan Owen (vocals). Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, who died in June 2010, was initially part of the project before Richards stepped in.
  • The quartet got together to record this single to raise money for a statue in Cardiff of Fred Keenor, who captained the Welsh capital's football team when they won the 1927 FA Cup. Speaking about Keenor, Jonathan Owen, told the NME: "In these days of 'bling' and 'roasting' being the way of some modern footballers, here was a man who lived out his life in modest means and was dearly loved by the people."
  • The song is a version of the football chant "I'll Be There," which was originally recorded by Welsh miners during the General Strike in 1926.

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