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Dedicated Bradford City supporter pens song he hopes will accompany players walking onto the pitch
7:00am Friday 24th August 2012 in Bantams
A blind Bantams fan’s ditty for Bradford City could be the new anthem of the terraces at Valley Parade .
Richard Thompson, 50, who lost his sight in a footballing accident 30 years ago, hopes his song Claret & Amber will become a regular fixture at the League Two club’s home games after it made its debut at City’s clash with Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.
The Silsden masseur approached club co-chairman Mark Lawn 18 months ago to say the side deserved an original anthem – better than its current offering, Hi Ho Silver Lining.
“I felt like a historic club which has been through highs and lows, disaster and administration – a club who’s fans have stood by them, coming in their thousands – should have an anthem,” he said.
“This is something that’s very much from the fans, for the fans and I hope it will become a ritual as the players come down the tunnel.”
Mr Thompson, who had never written a song before, composed the song – working with singer Damien Short and producer Tony Garthwaite at Jam on Top studios in Keighley to have it professionally recorded.
The lifelong Bantams’ supporter goes to each of the club’s home games with friend John Gavin, who tells him what’s happening on the pitch, and said it would be a “dream” if it became part of the club’s history.
“When I go to games I love to sing. I have a friend commentate for me because I don’t like to wear headphones – I want to soak up the atmosphere and be part of creating the atmosphere.
“I believe in the power of supporters, I believe a song sung by a number of people can be really powerful and spur on the players.
“It’s been a long journey and I’m really proud of the song.”
Club boss Mr Lawn said he is backing the tune and would let fans decide if it becomes the official music players walk out of the tunnel to.
“I think it’s like anything else and will take a while to catch on, so far we’ve only played it at one game – but it’s catchy!
“We’ll let the fans have their say after playing it at a few games and if they don’t like it, we could go back to a pop tune.”