IT’S the beautiful game that’s inspired a raft of performers to pick up their guitars and strum out an ode to their team – from Scotland’s 1978 World Cup foot-stomper Ally’s Tartan Army to England’s iconic Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home).
Now the Capital’s Hibbies have been given an unofficial anthem of their own to spur the side on ahead of tonight’s semi-final play-off against Rangers.
Come on Stubbsy, by the cheekily-named Leith-based band The Four Nothings, is an ode to Hibs coach Alan Stubbs and the “mighty” side he leads – as well as a tribute to the fans that cheer the players on at Easter Road.
Written and performed by Riley Briggs – who also heads up critically-acclaimed Edinburgh band Aberfeldy – the song has already racked up thousands of plays online and attracted a raft of social media attention, with all money raised from the single going towards male cancer charity Cahonas Scotland.
And today a Hibs spokesman even hinted the rousing anthem could be blasted out to players in the dressing room at Ibrox tonight as they gear up for the big match.
Yesterday singer-songwriter Riley insisted he has never intended the tune to catch on – and had even tried to keep his identity anonymous when he first uploaded it to the internet. He also revealed that his website’s internet traffic statistics showed many of the people listening to the song were being directed to it from an unlikely source – an online Hearts forum.
Talking to the Evening News about the inspiration behind the track, the 39-year-old said: “My favourite football songs are the ones where their teams have been promoted – the classic of the genre is one called Sunderland are back in the First Division [by Fine Art]. It’s super-cheesy.
“So in the event Hibs are promoted it would be nice to have a song to commemorate it. I just did it because I was bored. It took literally two minutes to write the lyrics and about 20 minutes to record.
“Somebody shared it on Facebook and within two hours it had around 3000 views.
“It’s a rousing sing-along – a catchy number about the virtue of Alan Stubbs and the mighty Hibs side, and the fantastic fans. I recorded it for my own amusement and the amusement of some of my friends. There was never the intention to promote it or trumpet it or anything like that.
It took literally two minutes to write the lyrics and about 20 minutes to recordRiley Briggs
“The website the song is on tells you where the traffic comes from and most of it is from a Hearts forum. They love it.”
And the lifelong Hibby and resident of Leith is feeling upbeat about his team’s chances of securing their place in the Premiership next season.
He said: “I think they’re going to storm it. I’m very optimistic.”
A Hibs spokesman said: “Special thanks to The Four Nothings for producing such a supportive song ahead of our play-off campaign – there’s a chance it will get an airing in the dressing room at Ibrox.
“On a more serious note, the fact that all funds generated from the song go towards such a worthwhile cause such as a male cancer charity should be applauded. For our season ticket campaign, we used the inspiring music of Leith band The Dark Jokes and we actively support local bands like The Four Nothings. They support us and we support them.”
Come on Stubbsy, get the boys in gear
Let’s win the play-offs and get out of here
Back to the league where we belong
Because one year in the second tier is one year too long
Do you wanna wear white
Do you wanna wear green
Do you wanna see a win for the finest / Hibees team
If you’re gonna wear green
If you’re gonna wear white
Give us something to celebrate / sing about in Leith tonight
Come on then Hibernian, let’s go
Come on Stubbsy, let’s be on our way
Let’s not deny the Capital a derby day
This year long you’ve done us proud
We sing your name out from the crowd
Go, ‘Stubbsy, Stubbsy, gie’s a wave
We’re behind you all the way’