Chester FC fan Kevin Whalley is loving the attention because an online video of his ‘moment of Madness’ on the terraces has been viewed almost 5m times.
Former cabbie Kevin, who goes by the nickname of Taxi Wally, was in the crowd supporting his beloved Blues in an away game at Halifax when there is a call for a hush.
Kevin, 46, then belts out the opening spoken words to his favourite group Madness’ 1979 hit One Step Beyond, which begins: “Hey you, don’t watch that. Watch this! This is the heavy heavy monster sound. The nuttiest sound around.”
Everyone then joins in with a chorus of ‘One Step Beyond’ and begins jigging around in good-humoured fashion.
Kevin’s friend and fellow fan Dave Webster videoed the whole episode which was uploaded on YouTube and picked up by popular Lad Bible Facebook page where it has so far attracted 5m hits.
Chester manager Steve Burr has tweeted: “Love it lads and lasses” and it’s also been mentioned on Twitter by Talk Sport presenter Tony Incenzo who wrote: “50 year old @ChesterFC fan leads amazing football chant!”
Kevin, an HGV driver who has been following Chester for about 15 years, said: “I just said to one of the lads in the yard that everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, I think this is mine. I think it was the artist Andy Warhol who first said it.”
The father-of-two from Chester, who has since received Facebook friend requests from footie fans across Europe including Italy and the Netherlands, added: ”It’s gone nuts. It’s gone absolutely nuts. I only did it for a laugh.”
A huge Madness fan, Kevin has seen the group, headed by Suggs, in concert at Delamere Forest, Haydock Park and Manchester Arena and says ‘they’re brilliant’.
Kevin has been doing his One Step Beyond routine for years but it grew as a Chester FC phenomenon when he first ‘performed’ outside Stockport County’s ground as fans were waiting for a police escort back to the station and “a few of the lads started chimping around’.
When Chester FC played Barnsley away in the FA cup he had a whole train carriage joining in and after the match a police officer was reduced to hysterics when the routine was repeated on the train platform.
The video also features Kevin’s sons Alex, 18, and Cameron, 19, who is manager of Chester FC under 11s.
Now Kevin is promising another stunt inspired by Madness, known as the ‘Nutty Boys’, but remaining tight-lipped about the details. He wonders if the same routine will be picked up by fans of other lower league teams across the country.
Dave Webster, who made the video, said: “It’s gone crazy. I can’t believe it.”