Music, like football, transcends many of the usual logical reactions we apply throughout life. Both can take the soul to the heights of ecstasy and the depths of despair, both can set the pulse racing or send you to sleep. And how our clubs LOVE to pick us a musical anthem to welcome our beloved teams.

Look at Boro, love it or hate it, we all know it. When those opening Perfecto All Star samba beat drums are cranked up to number 11 on the Riverside Stadium’s weeping, ageing, amplifiers we rise as one as our gladiators enter the arena and we sing and we clap and the rest of life is temporarily forgotten. Often the singular highlight of our persistent pilgrimage, we are one – we are Middlesbrough Football Club – we are unbeatable… we are a … Pig Bag.

I’ve always wondered how a club picks its entrance music. Particular favourites of mine include Dirty Old Town at Salford City and, I even have to admit a soft spot for Knopfler’s Local Hero at Newcastle Utd. Both evoke the spirit of their community and their identity. The emotion of Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone; The Shakespearian drama of Sunderland’s Dance of the Knights, The pre-Kay campness of Chesterfield’s Way to Amarillo. Why are they picked and how have they stuck?

And so, I thought it might be good to start a little musical journey of discovery and tell you about the reasons behind – and histories of – the music being belted out through stadium tanoys and sung by terrace choirs at Boro’s away fixtures this season.

For now, enjoy Tranmere Rovers – my mam’s team of choice back in the day. ‘At the tone, leave your name and message. I’ll get back to you.

Photo credit: Chronicle Live

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