Sir Elton's song to Super Blues

PUBLISHED: 14:07 23 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town's pre-season tour has come to a glorious finale in Estonia with a tribute and dedication from one of music's superstars.

IPSWICH Town's pre-season tour has come to a glorious finale in Estonia with a tribute and dedication from one of music's superstars.

As George Burley's team joined fans for Sir Elton John's sell-out concert in Lauluva Park, Tallinn, last night, they were stunned to hear him dedicate a song to them.

With some simple changes to the lyrics Sir Elton belted out I Guess That's Why They Call Them The Blues in an ultimate tribute to our own Super Blues.

The song may have been lost on most of the 30,000 people in the audience at the open air concert but it was an exciting and special moment for the Tractor Boys and the culmination of a great day for the team who had enjoyed a 5-1 win over FC Flora in the afternoon.

Following the match they were asked to go to a special reception room and as Sir Elton, dressed in a red suit, walked in, the excited Town players burst in to rapturous, spontaneous applause.

The singer, who bankrolled the meteoric rise of Watford from the old Fourth to First Division, asked: "Where's George Burley?"

He took the Ipswich boss to one side to talk to him and spoke of his great affection for the club, adding congratulations on their success last season.

The day's events provided the perfect end to Ipswich Town's pre-season tour, in which the team has played in Finland and Estonia, and a memorable finale for the players and officials before they return home to Ipswich to gear up for the new season.

They all spoke with great admiration for Sir Elton, who has enjoyed international chart success since the seventies and is today widely held to be one of the world's biggest stars, renowned for his extravagant life style.

John Kerr, Ipswich Town director and former chairman, said: "It really was a superb way for our three-match tour to end. Elton spoke so warmly about our club and recalled with much affection our late chairman, John Cobbold."

The Blues coach, Tony Mowbray said: "Elton made us all feel so good. It was really special. The atmosphere was unbelievable and the players loved it. We won three matches on tour and we couldn't have picked a better way to end it than last night at that concert."

Town midfield man Jermaine Wright said: "I remember watching my mother do the ironing as she sang Elton John songs. She would have loved to have been there. It was great. He really is a super, super star."

Club doctor Steve Lazar, said: "Elton John is the consummate professional. I found it quite touching to hear the way he spoke about our football club. It was genuine and from the heart. He knows his football and it was an evening that we will long remember."

Sir Elton, whose real name is Reg Dwight, was playing in Estonia as one stop on his European/Mediterranean tour which kicked off in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 7.

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