Back Home (1970 song)

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"Back Home"
Single by England World Cup Squad
B-side "Cinnamon Stick"
Released April 1970
Format 7"
Length 2:07
Label Pye
Writer(s) Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
Producer(s) Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
England World Cup Squad singles chronology
"Back Home"
"This Time (We'll Get It Right)"/
"England, We'll Fly the Flag"

"Back Home" was a popular song written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. It was recorded by the 1970 England World Cup squad and released on the single Pye 7N 17920. It was produced by Martin and Coulter. The arrangements were made by Phil Coulter.[1] The single, which began the tradition of the England squad recording World Cup songs to celebrate their involvement, reached number one on the UK singles chart for three weeks in May 1970.[2] England were the reigning world champions at the time, having won the 1966 World Cup, but were knocked out in the Quarter Finals after a 3-2 defeat to West Germany.

The song was also a hit in Ireland, reaching number two in the charts there.[3]

The England team failed to qualify for the next two World Cups and, although they did release records upon qualification in 1982 and 1986, they did not reach number one again until 1990 when they topped the charts with the New Order collaboration "World in Motion". The song is one of four singles supporting the England team to have topped the UK charts, along with the aforementioned "World in Motion", "Three Lions" and "Shout for England".

The tune to the song was also used as the theme tune for popular BBC mid-1990s football/comedy TV programme Fantasy Football League.

The B side of the 7" vinyl single was called "Cinnamon Stick", and was also sung by the England football team. The song began "Sweet as sugar, twice as nice, cinnamon stick, cinnamon stick; see that twinkle in her eyes, cinnamon stick, cinnamon stick." After this, the tempo increases as the song goes into declarations of love etc. The song not only had nothing to do with football, but was appalling.[citation needed]


Chart (1970) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 1


Preceded by
"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
UK number one single
16 May 1970 for three weeks
Succeeded by
"Yellow River" by Christie