Strikers get sung about, so do wingers and captains.

But when was the last time that Valley Parade regularly serenaded a right back?

The “Stephen Darby baby” chant, to the tune of the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me, has become the latest anthem among City fans.

Darby has earned the accolades with some stirring defensive displays. That’s why he was voted players’ player of the year by his team-mates.

But he admits hearing his name belted out by the supporters is a real thrill.

Darby said: “It sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. But the fans have been magnificent right from the first game and I’m sure it will be the same tomorrow.

“They turn up in their numbers home and away and they’ve always believed in us.

“They are our 12th man and it doesn’t go unnoticed. All the lads always talk about them and the noise they make every week.”

Darby has suffered the bitter taste of play-off final defeat when his Swindon side were beaten by Millwall in the League One showpiece three years ago. He has no intention of finishing empty-handed again.

“I can’t think of a worse feeling than to lose the play-offs at Wembley because it’s what you’ve worked really hard for all season.

“It’s an incredible achievement to be going to Wembley twice and to get to the League Cup final was magnificent. But we’ve got a job to do now.

“Northampton are a very strong side and proved that with their league position. We’ve got to be really focused and on top of our game to give it one last push.”

Darby has got plenty of family backing – and they will add their voices to the choir.

“My mum and dad and girlfriend are down as well as uncles and cousins. They’ll sing along as well – I think they’ll probably start it off!”