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Boss’s backing for Blues song

A SONG to celebrate Birmingham City’s Carling Cup final appearance has received a ringing endorsement from Blues’ boss Alex McLeish.

A SONG to celebrate Birmingham City’s Carling Cup final appearance has received a ringing endorsement from Blues’ boss Alex McLeish.

Althea Gaye and Ray Fullard, from Hobs Moat, had written a single to cheer on players in their trip to Wembley.

And they were amazed when they got a call from the club manager, saying how much he’d enjoyed the anthem.

Ray, aged 49, said: “I’d sent a copy of the video to the club, but I was gobsmacked when I got a call from Mr McLeish last Wednesday.

“He was a great bloke, very down-to-earth, and said that he’d play our song to the players on the coach trip down.”

The duo, known as the Octave Tinkling Twosome, had released Battle of Blueday last month.

And the song had the desired effect, the Blues beat Arsenal 2-1 to lift their first bit of silverware since 1963.

“I was just delighted by the result, I’ve never seen a team look so committed,” added Ray.

Mel Rogers, aged 23, from Solihull was among the thousands of fans who travelled down to see the match.

“I’m a teacher but my throat is so sore I doubt I’ll be doing much talking at work,” she said after the game.

 

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