Pick the United anthem

TODAY will be your last chance to choose which song you want Newcastle United to play as the teams run onto the pitch at St James’s Park.

TODAY will be your last chance to choose which song you want Newcastle United to play as the teams run onto the pitch at St James’s Park.

More than 1,700 people have voted over the last 10 days after The Journal responded to complaints from fans about the music from the film Local Hero being dropped in favour of the Sham 69 song If The Kids Are United.

Club officials have promised to listen to the views of our poll and tomorrow we will be taking them the results.

With one day to go, Local Hero is easily the fans’ favourites with 1,606 votes followed by the Blaydon Races (87) and If The Kids Are United (16). A total of 39 people have voted for no music to be played.

Among those voting yesterday was Russell McIver, a supporter who maintains his season ticket despite having lived in London for the last 12 years.

He said: “When I think of the Toon one of the things I think of is Local Hero and it still sends a shiver down my spine every time I hear it.

“Whether I’m in Newcastle or London, when that tune comes on, I’m home.

“I am also a massive Dire Straits fan and the fact that the song is written by Mark Knopfler, a Geordie, adds extra credence, resonance and impact of what is already a fantastic tune”.

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.

Online: Go to our website www.journallive.co.uk/anthem

Post: Send to The Journal newsdesk, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1ED.

Email: Send to jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

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