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Crouch-bot

claire_stocks.gifLONDON - Photos of Peter Crouch's 80s robot dance are here.
Anfield Red has one better and has video of Crouch in action on the dance floor. Check out the footage of him on the mike too.
But if you want to see how the robot should be done don't miss this.
Wait for the boy in the orange sweater, seriously unbelievable!
Claire S - blog editor

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  • 1.
  • At 04:25 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • AnfieldRed wrote:

Thanks for the mention Claire, a well taken goal by Crouch yesterday too!

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  • 2.
  • At 05:01 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Ian wrote:

of course he can take penalties, he's got a Good Touch For A Big Man.

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  • 3.
  • At 05:15 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Jimmy wrote:

Nice moves Crouch. The guy in the Orange top - Mr David Elsewhere should be familiar. Gene Kelly in the Golf ad....anyone?

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  • 4.
  • At 05:40 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Jason Salt wrote:

Crouchie is gonna have to pull his socks up to beat the guy in the orange shirt (surely that's not Mr Robin Van Persie?!).

Hopefully he'll get alot more chances to bring the routine together in Germany.

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  • 5.
  • At 05:45 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Phil wrote:

Crouchie, what a legend.

He can take penalties - remember the Saints v. Pompey FA cup game two seasons back?? I remember Redknapp was quoted after the game feeling pretty nervous that someone had let Peter step up and take it!?!

When are the squad numbers officially decided for the world cup?? I want to go out and get my Crouch England shirt done but I don't want to risk getting no.24 if he's gonna be our new number 9!

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  • 6.
  • At 05:47 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Rich wrote:

Crouch ROCKS!

People thought I was mad to bet on Crouch scoring in each cup game he plays in but I'll have the last laugh I tells ya!

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  • 7.
  • At 06:06 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Edward wrote:

Great game last, good step up by Peter. I have to admit I was being very sceptical about him infact he amused me with his basketball body and stuff. But now I must admit that he has progressed and I think he can be a good striker and hopefully he does well for England in Germany! Cheers

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  • 8.
  • At 06:17 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Anfieldred wrote:

Crouch has been given number 21 hasnt he? thought they were all confirmed on thefa.com the other week?

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  • 9.
  • At 06:18 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Anfieldred wrote:

Crouch has been given number 21 hasnt he? thought they were all confirmed on thefa.com the other week?

edit -just read the fa.com, crouch IS number 21 for world cup

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  • 10.
  • At 06:31 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Andrew wrote:

The first two links do not work :(

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  • 11.
  • At 06:37 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Bob wrote:

They've given Carra 15.. it shoulda been 23 *grins*

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  • 12.
  • At 07:03 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • duncan wrote:

Peter Crouch needs to work on his heading. He is not as effective or powerful in the air as a target man should be.

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  • 13.
  • At 07:09 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Dan wrote:

Crouch is number 21, I've already bought my shirt! :D

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  • 14.
  • At 07:45 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Steve wrote:

The great man.

What odds on a Crouch winner in the final from an assist from Walcott?

Good to see an all Saints strikeforce :-)

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  • 15.
  • At 08:18 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Tris Robinson wrote:

Wonder how long Peter Crouch has been practicing that one in front of the mirror!

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  • 16.
  • At 08:18 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Sean wrote:

I honestly believe sven has lost his mind. The injury to Wayne Rooney is unfortunate but please, Walcott as a replacement? And Peter Crouch as a main striker? Can Crouch run? No. Can he finish? About as well as Alan Smith? His balance is beyond poor! He's on the ground more than Emile Heskey! England are much better off taking Defoe, Johnson and/or Darren Bent to the world cup

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  • 17.
  • At 08:21 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Sean wrote:

I honestly believe sven has lost his mind. The injury to Wayne Rooney is unfortunate but please, Walcott as a replacement? And Peter Crouch as a main striker? Can Crouch run? No. Can he finish? About as well as Alan Smith? His balance is beyond poor! He's on the ground more than Emile Heskey! England are much better off taking Defoe, Johnson and/or Darren Bent to the world cup. Oh and his robot was about as impressive as the Robert Pires Thierry Henry one touch penalty attempt.

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  • 18.
  • At 08:21 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Sean wrote:

I honestly believe sven has lost his mind. The injury to Wayne Rooney is unfortunate but please, Walcott as a replacement? And Peter Crouch as a main striker? Can Crouch run? No. Can he finish? About as well as Alan Smith? His balance is beyond poor! He's on the ground more than Emile Heskey! England are much better off taking Defoe, Johnson and/or Darren Bent to the world cup. Oh and his robot was about as impressive as his looks.

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  • 19.
  • At 08:53 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Adam D wrote:

Yer it was a nice goal from Crouch y/day he played really well and came on, and from an England perspective was gr8 2 see him do well after what happened last time he played for England at Old Trafford when he got jeered, but didn't he take his goal well.

And well the Celebration...Pure Genius...was in hysterix, but if he does that in the world cup final 2 win, i won't be complainig

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  • 20.
  • At 09:55 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Adam D wrote:

Well Done Peter Crouch I Say...

Great Goal N A Lovely Litle Cameo From Him.

Nice 2 See Fans On His Side After The Appualing Jeers He Got Last Time Out At Old Trafford.

And The Celebration...Well Its Different...Really Funny.

Wud Love 2 See Him Do That In World Cup Final.

C'mon Crouchie...C'mon ENGLAND!

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  • 21.
  • At 10:21 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • CS Smith wrote:

Come on up to www.oleolefootball.com and see the videos as well. We love the Crouch-bot.

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  • 22.
  • At 10:55 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • RASH wrote:

Crouchinho is a legend.He is gona win da WC 4 England. and what was so bad about the dance moves. i'd like to see you haters do better.

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  • 23.
  • At 11:07 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • Bazac wrote:

With Rooney's baseball cap and Crouch's body popping, I'm not sure if England's players are going to Germany or 1983.

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  • 24.
  • At 11:08 PM on 31 May 2006,
  • alan robinson wrote:

He's Big
He's red
His feet stick out the bed
Peter Crouch...

Nice comment from RASH above, Crouchinho I love that one!

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  • 25.
  • At 12:04 AM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • James Williams wrote:

Crouch has to play a major part at this world cup! His recent record for england is pretty awesome now, and some of the footwork he was doing was worthy of the name Crouchinho! As for me and my flatmates at warwick uni though, weve named him Pierre Crouche for that touch of mock class. And as for classy goal celebrations, look no further.... !

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  • 26.
  • At 02:11 AM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Mike wrote:

Just thought I'd mention to the guy who posted comment number four (and for some reason again in number five) that David Bernal/Elsewhere didn't do all the stuff in the VW Golf advert. It was him with another couple of guys, Crumbs and Jay Walker. The Kollab videos are old but good; you can find loads of Elsewhere's stuff online.

Oh and big up to Robocrouch!

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I'm sorry but i hate Crouch he is a waste of space but....He did take that goal really well but an assist from Theo Walcott on his England debut how's that for a start! Crouch will play some part of the World Cup and so will Theo but i do think that Sven has lost his mind not taking Darren Bent. He is much better than Crouch & Walcott put together!

Oh and a fantastic celebration from Peter! Nice One Crouchy!

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  • 28.
  • At 10:46 AM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • 23 carra gold wrote:

some players have boring celebrations (e.g. shearer, gudjohnsen) but crouch is a breath of fresh air. he is having fun no matter how bad people see the celebration. crouch will be effective in the world cup, but rooney & owen still main hopes. i think its disgraceful that walcott makes his england debut before his premier league debut. did look good but thats no excuse

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  • 29.
  • At 11:42 AM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Skazz wrote:

I think Crouch should be sent to Australia, see what he can do there.

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  • 30.
  • At 01:23 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • RichA wrote:

Have a read of this analysis of why Crouch shouldnt start for England. It is written by Paul Mason the Newsnight business editor....???
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulmason/2006/05/
how_to_bt_about_football_without_talking_bs_an_occ.html#commentsanchor

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  • 31.
  • At 01:49 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • munklefish wrote:

Indeed the orange geek is in fact the now legendary David Elsewhere! Who is actually one of three amazing guys who play the role of Gene Kelly in the Golf advert.

He does the bits with the robotic styles, which are quite clearly his work, i could tell from the first minute i saw the ad. The other bits such as the up-wall backflip are the work work of the other two guys performing the ad.

If your interested their are plenty of David videos knocking about on t'internet. Do a search - hes amazing!

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  • 32.
  • At 02:23 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Bongo-man wrote:

You really don't have much of an idea what you're talking about, do you Claire?

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  • 33.
  • At 03:55 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Claire wrote:

Hi, er, 'bongo-man'.
I'd love to defend myself but i guess random abuse is easier than specifics?

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  • 34.
  • At 04:20 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Raz wrote:

Crouch plays like a Brazilian and dances like a brazilian. He is our no 1 striker alongside owen but i still hope Rooney gets fit.

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  • 35.
  • At 05:16 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • JJ wrote:

haha, that dance looks so funny

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  • 36.
  • At 08:11 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Philip Temidara wrote:

Hey Claire

Nice Dance footage. However, Crouch's dance was more like the 80s robot dance.
The kids in the video were doing more of a modern adaptation to Break Dancing called Pop-Locking. Just thought I should clear up some Hip Hop dance terminology so know one gets misled ridiculed for being out of sorts with Hip Hop Culture.

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  • 37.
  • At 08:29 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • scouse wrote:

Crouch has been speaking on the radio today and has said he may do 'the dance' if he scores again (again being the key word here ;)

As people have said already it's great to see a bit of humour from players, the Italians and Brazilians have been doing this for years, heh even the Irish Robbie Keane has his trademark 'cartwheel and shootin the guns'

If he continues to work on those robot moves I have no doubt he will be able to stealth past defences everywhere

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  • 38.
  • At 09:14 PM on 01 Jun 2006,
  • Fred wrote:

The song was obviously written with him in mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBG6CncRX8s

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  • 39.
  • At 01:10 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • Charlotte wrote:

tell you what...dont underestimate the crouchmiester!
come on pete, help becks bring it home
xx

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  • 40.
  • At 01:11 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • Charlotte wrote:

tell you what...dont underestimate the crouchmiester!
come on pete, help becks bring it home
xx

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  • 41.
  • At 02:17 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • streaky wrote:

We shouldn't be so hard on peter, being a tall guy myself (6' 10") when you're that age it's hard to keep balance (having not stopped growing like he probably has) - when he reaches his 'final height' it will be far easier for him to balance, and thus turn on the spot, run and tackle, and shake off tackles.

I personally couldn't play any football at all from the age of 17 up till I was about 23 (25 now), I'd suggest he's doing very well to have got where he is - plus he's also trying to get used to a new fitness and training regime (note he’s improving all the time), give it a few years and he'll be world class, easily.

-- streaky

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  • 42.
  • At 02:21 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • streaky wrote:

Can anybody clear up the Gerrard numbering situation while we're on the subject of numbers?

I was about to go out and buy my new shirt in the morning, don't want to buy it to find out he's switched to number 9, because I'll have to injure somebody at the FA :p

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  • 43.
  • At 02:22 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • roger wrote:

Nicely taken Crouchie. The team obviously like him a lot, you could see the spirit shining through. We're gonna need him cos Owen and Rooney are clearly not fit. But we should take both Defoe and Johnson as well. Far too many average midfielders in the squad, so bye bye Downing and Hargreaves.

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  • 44.
  • At 04:38 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • Joe wrote:

what the hell?
thats not a robot dance!!!
what are you all smoking...
and btw peter crouch is a useless gangly piece of animal faeces...
face it guys he's crap

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  • 45.
  • At 11:53 AM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • Rob wrote:

Help the campaign.....VOTE FOR A BANK HOLIDAY IF ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP!

A day of football carnivals and tournaments throughout England!

Your country needs YOU...VOTE at

www.worldcupbankholiday.com

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  • 46.
  • At 01:30 PM on 02 Jun 2006,
  • Dave Brady wrote:

I was amused to see Peter Crouch's celebration v Hungary. Being Irish I'm impartial on England - best of luck to them anyway. But as a Liverpol fan my main point is that I hope to see many more crouchbot celebrations at Old Trafford in a Liverpool shirt (prefferably)

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  • 47.
  • At 11:12 AM on 03 Jun 2006,
  • cold alex wrote:

I wouldn't mind seeing that Crouchy goal celebration against Hungary in full. Living in France I didn't get to see the match so would appreciate it if someone knows of a link.
Everton supporter supporting Crouch

(Whilst on the subject of living in France I'm sick of connecting up to BBC video and radio links and being told that they are for UK users only. Come on don't be so miserable, share those links with the rest of us)

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  • 48.
  • At 06:29 PM on 04 Jun 2006,
  • antony wrote:

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • 49.
  • At 08:30 PM on 04 Jun 2006,
  • cold alex wrote:

I tried the above link and it doesn't work. Shouldn't it have w's in it or something?
Otherwise nice hatrick Crouchy and you are in the England record books now with Mcdonald's record of 5 to beat.

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  • 50.
  • At 01:05 AM on 05 Jun 2006,
  • Robo Kop wrote:

Robocrouch song for you all to hate or love!
http://www.therobocrouch.com

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  • 51.
  • At 09:23 PM on 12 Jun 2006,
  • andrew wrote:

Cant wait to see Crouch doing the robot again when he scores in the next game!

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  • 52.
  • At 03:59 AM on 17 Jun 2006,
  • joey666 wrote:

it's embarrassing to see how soul-less white people are. look how anyone in south america celebrates after a goal.

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  • 53.
  • At 09:15 PM on 30 Jun 2006,
  • Danny wrote:

he is a lanky green giant and it is ashameful to have such a rubbish player on the england team GET HIM OF

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