Muse FC – made up of bassist Chris Wolstenholme, two of his sons and a selection of the band’s road crew – played a select XI from Irish second-tier football club Cabinteely in Dublin earlier this week (April 4).
Kitted out in white shirts with red trim and album title ‘Drones’ plastered across the front, Wolstenholme and his sons all wore number nine, with the bassist playing as a striker in front of a crowd of around 300.
Muse FC turning up in a suburban corner of Dublin was greeted with a mixture of bewilderment – from the local hurling crowd playing on the neighbouring pitches – and enthusiastic fans clutching merchandise and markers. Wolstenholme himself hit the club bar afterwards to spend time signing whatever was thrown at him, but seemed intent on the playing out a full-length match under floodlights first.
The Muse man was a fairly anonymous striker in a first half dominated by the assortment from the League of Ireland club, with their first team manager Eddie Gormley providing the highlight as he followed up a wild volley over the top after 30 seconds with a goal greeted by exaggerated cheers. Cabinteely led 7-2 at half time, with Wolstenholme’s main contribution a blazing strike into the side netting, while one member of his team scored a spectacular back-to-goal lob.
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The League of Ireland side eased off in the second half, allowing Wolstenholme – who’s a decent competitive footballer – and his two sons all to get on the scoresheet. The Muse man’s goal saw him slot under the Cabinteely goalkeeper after charging in from the left wing.
Cabinteely, the League of Ireland’s newest side, have a reputation for clever marketing stunts. Their recent moments have included buying Yaya Toure a birthday cake after the Manchester City player’s birthday-themed meltdown, selling season tickets to kids for €20 and running a contest to become Irish champions using the club on the computer game Football Manager.
This particular game took advantage of an old Cabinteely link: Wolstenholme used to live in this corner of south Dublin, and his son Alfie is a former player for the club.
The game is the second between Muse and Cabinteely, following a November 2012 fixture, and was in aid of Muse’s official charity Doctor’s Without Borders, with bucket collections and a ticket raffle at pitchside.
Cabinteely’s Dillon Foley – who scored during the game – said:
“We’re obviously delighted that Muse make the effort to make these things happen. Chris still keeps in touch with Tony Livingstone, who was his son’s manager when he played here.”
“It’s something we thought might happen again when they came back, but it’s incredible that Chris keeps making the effort. It’s something unique and different, and it’s great for everyone involved. We hope a few of the fans who came will come down for the League of Ireland, too.”
Officially, a game that became more of a kick around towards the end finished with a 9-8 win for Muse, though the home side ‘disregarded’ a good four or five of their own goals in coming up with an official ‘full time score’ in the Devon band’s favour.
Muse’s UK and Ireland tour continues with a date at Belfast’s SSE Arena tonight.