John Barnes wows Bristol club with World in Motion rap

John Barnes performed the song at an awards ceremony in Bristol

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England star John Barnes wowed a local football club in Bristol by performing his famous World Cup rap from Italia 90 at an awards evening.

The former Liverpool player pulled parents on stage to help with the performance for Ashton FC.

The rap comes from World in Motion which was England's official song.

Ashton FC chairman Ian Jones said it was "absolutely quality" while parent Nikk Fielden said many of the mums danced along.

More than 1,200 people at the awards party witnessed Barnes sing the famous rap which begins "you've got to hold and give but do it at the right time".

"He was mobbed afterwards. It made the night. It was amazing," Mr Jones added.

"He weren't expecting it, and it wasn't discussed before. It was amazing, really."

Paul Gascoigne at Italia 90 England - aided by Paul Gascoigne - made the semi-finals of Italia 90 before being knocked out by West Germany
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World in Motion
  • The song, performed by England New Order, reached number one in the charts
  • It was co-written by Keith Allen and members of the band New Order
  • John Barnes won the right to perform the rap ahead of Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle
  • England reached the semi-finals of Italia 90 - and were knocked out by West Germany on penalties
  • Match remembered for Paul Gascoigne crying after being booked - which meant he would have missed the final had England won
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Mr Jones said they had booked Barnes for the events, to recognise the boys and girls who play for the club, because they wanted to "make a special occasion" of their 20th anniversary at the weekend.

Parent Nikk Fielden, whose son Jamie plays for the club, said it was a "once in a lifetime thing" to meet Barnes saying it was a "big surprise" for him to be at the event.

He said: "I tried to explain to my son it would be like Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney coming up giving him a medal.

"For a lot of the parents it was a moment of history."

He added "most people" remembered the words and joined in.

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