Rik Mayall’s ‘Noble England’ – Repeat Rotation Video: Proud to be English?

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No, I’m not a fan of football, in fact I rarely watch it. But, I did love British comedian Rik Mayall who sadly died last week at the young age of only 58. So, as a tribute to the lovely Rik Mayall, and as a positive commentary on his single about the World Cup reaching the UK Top Ten this week, I’ve been playing Rik Mayall’s ‘Noble England’ as my Repeat Rotation Video today.

Just in case you don’t know, Rik Mayall released Noble England in 2010 with the hopes it would become the official song of World Cup 2010, but it failed to make it


Since his death, Noble England has been resurrected by fans on a Facebook page with the intent of having it named the official World Cup song for 2014.

In Noble England, Rik adapts the rousing speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V to rally the English football team to a victory (hopefully). “Once more unto the pitch, dear friends, once more to raise up these walls with our English seer. When the whistle blast blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger.”

Sure, while it’s not the best song you’ll ever hear, it does get you feeling all patriotic and British and gives a nod to Rik Mayall – gone too soon.

You can watch it below.


Michelle Topham