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Q. How long have Everton's players run out to the strains of the Z Cars theme at Goodison Park? Has a different tune been played during that period? And which football club holds the record for the longest- playing tune?

A. Everton have run out on to the pitch to the theme from Z Cars since the 1962-63 season. The tune is actually based on a sea-shanty called "Johnny Todd", a tune that was familiar to the occupants of a port city.

In 1994, Mike Walker, the manager, decided to replace the tune with something a bit more modern - this turned out to be from the band 2 Unlimited.

The Everton faithful rebelled and 2 Unlimited's stay at Goodison Park was only slightly shorter than that of Mike Walker.

Helen Moss, Cambridge


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