Knopfler wants the return of Local Hero

MUSICIAN Mark Knopfler has told of his desire to see his classic theme from Local Hero ring round the terraces of St James’s Park once again.

MUSICIAN Mark Knopfler has told of his desire to see his classic theme from Local Hero ring round the terraces of St James’s Park once again.

The former Dire Straits frontman spoke yesterday of his sadness that his 1983 song Going Home – the theme tune from the film Local Hero – has been sidelined at the ground.

The musician, who was brought up in Gosforth, Newcastle and is an ardent Magpies fan, told The Journal how proud he was when his song was selected as the song for the players’ entrance on to the pitch – and he is now desperate to see it return as the official anthem.

But the song was ditched at the beginning of the beginning of the season by officials, who said they wanted to “improve the atmosphere.” They plumped for punk band Sham 69’s If The Kids Are United.

But now more than 1,000 Journal readers have registered their vote to get Local Hero returned to the terrace.

Knopfler said: “I must admit to being surprised at the choice of If The Kids Are United as it was sung by a Cockney band and has already been used for a McDonalds advertising campaign. But I’ll stay an NUFC supporter no matter what.”


THOUSANDS of fans will be waiting with bated breath at St James’s park tonight.

And it is not just Newcastle United’s clash against Tottenham which is creating an air of expectancy.

Supporters will also be on tenterhooks waiting to discover what anthem club officials will plump for as the team emerges on to the pitch.

YOU can tell us – and Newcastle United – the song of your choice by:

TEXT: Voice your opinion by texting JLNEWS followed by a space, then HERO, KIDS, BLAYDON or NONE, plus your name, house number and postcode to 84080. Texts cost 25p plus your standard network charge.

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David Whetstone
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