Non-league footballers from North Shields FC are being serenaded on their way to Wembley by a song given a new lease of life after first being penned almost one hundred years ago.
The song, The Red, Red Robin, (goes bob, bob, bobbing along) was first written by Harry M Woods in 1926 and was performed by many stars of the 1920’s including Al Jolson. Now, talented teenagers from North Shields band, The Middens, have rerecorded a contemporary and up-tempo version.
The song has been adopted by the fans and is the official ‘road to Wembley’ song for the club who are also known as “The Robins” and are in the semi final stages of the FA Vase, the final of which will be played at Wembley Stadium in May should they be successful.
The band who are all from North Shields play a modern blend of new wave and mod influenced rock and have supported many classic acts such as 999 and are due to play with 80’s band The Beat in the summer.
Copies of the single are available as a free download in a new football / culture magazine based on North Shields and the Robins. Any profits from the magazine will go to the club and also to a cancer campaign called checkemlads.com, which raises awareness and gives support to people suffering from testicular cancer. The campaign is supported by ex Paul Weller drummer, Steve White who follows The Middens progress via social media.
The magazine, Harvest From The Deep, has been produced by fans of the club who put it together to raise much needed funds for the club and to raise it’s profile, especially considering the potential visit to Wembley.
The name ‘Harvest From The Deep’ is a translation of the Latin phrase which adorns the North Shields FC badge, as well as being the motto on the coat of arms for the old borough of Tynemouth, ‘Messis Ab Altis‘. The phrase is an interpretation of how historically, people have drawn upon the depths of the land and the sea in order to live and survive. Whether through fishing and shipping, or through mining and agriculture, and all of which we see in steady decline.
As well as featuring the Middens, the first issue includes an interview with former Blackburn and Aston Villa player Graham Fenton who is the current manager at North Shields FC, a feature on ex Newcastle United striker, David Kelly and iconic goal scorer Malcolm MacDonald.
The magazine can be purchased online at www.harvestfromhtedeep.com or at the second leg semi-final of the FA Vase on March 28th at Daren Persson Stadium in North Shields.
Media download of the song here;
NOTE: song isn’t downloadable, just for listening.