The mystery surrounding Sol Campbell’s sudden exit from League 2 side Notts County was dramatically solved last this afternoon after it was announced that the 35 year-old former England international has agreed to link up with Dave Peacock, one half of seminal 80’s ‘rockney’ group Chas & Dave to form ‘Sol & Dave’. The announcement, made at London’s Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, where the duo are expected to perform a run of sell-out gigs, came as a shock to both the football and music industries, many of who assumed that both Campbell and Peacock had seen the last of their respective spells in the limelight.
Peacock, 64, had recently split from long-standing band member Charles ‘Chas’ Hodges, after eight top-40 hit singles and nine best-selling albums. Campbell, on the other hand, this week left professional football in a state of shock, having played 486 professional games for the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Portsmouth, and, fleetingly, Notts County. “Me and Sol first met down the Spurs, years back” said Dave in a carefully-worded statement, “and we always knew that we shared a love of old-fashioned sit around the old-joanna, pub-themed sing-along music. It was just a matter of finding the right time and place to make it work.”
Although many outside football are said to be surprised by Campbell’s move into the entertainment industry, one former team-mate recounts how he always knew that the former England stopper was destined for a greater stage, even than the World Cup itself. “Sol used to gather us all round his Casio keyboard on the long coach journey back from up north,” the anonymous former player said. “It was great…he used to have the whole coach swaying and singing along – the most amazing thing is, and not many people know this, that Sol has a beautiful, lovely melodic singing voice.”
Amongst the songs that Sol & Dave are Dave are thought to be covering on their soon to be sell-out tour are some of the old Chas & Dave classics, including: Rabbit, Gertcha, The Romford Rap and a re-mastered version of Snooker Loopy, known simply as Campbell’s Loopy. The duo refused to be drawn on media speculation suggesting that Sol Campbell had turned down an offer to join the Sugababes ahead of linking up with Peacock.