Monday 15th August 2011
pic Courtesy Tina Jenner Photography
It was a day of firsts at the B2 net on Saturday - the first home game of the League One season and the first unfurling of the Champions Flag. It was also the day when the new 'Chesterfield song' rang out across the terraces for the first time.
Carl Newton's Chesterfield FC anthem - Town Song - was played for the first time at the b2net at Saturday's first home game of the season
Written by lifelong Spireite fan and singer/songwriter Carl Newton (above), the song has proven an unexpected hit amongst fans and is downloadable on iTunes.
Carl was presented to the B2net crowd during half time against Stevenage and we caught up for a chat with him to find out what had driven him to write it.
An unassuming guy, Carl is still bewildered by the attention the song has attracted but hugely grateful to the supporters and the club for getting behind him, "I've always been a Spireite, always used to go to Saltergate as a kid. I've grown up with the football team and always followed them, so, after the success of last season, everyone's spirits are up and being from town, it seemed like a good thing to do too - to write a song for the club and the town."
And he's thrilled he says with the way it's taken off "It's unbelievable, how it's been received, I'm not sure what to say - I only recorded it this time last week - it went up on YouTube and has just gone on from there. I really didn't expect it - it's all gone a bit mad!"
The single release is not just a bit of fun, it's a serious attempt to show support to the team for personal reasons as Carl explained to me, "I've been in a band before, I wrote the song whilst in the band but I took it on for myself, including the bass and guitar. I've been a struggling musician for many years, and am still working on my solo album and so have been unable to attend a lot of matches. This was one of the ways I felt I could show support to the lads, and show the team that I'm behind them all the way."
The single will also benefit charity, with proceeds going to the local 'Pathways' charity, situated across from the stadium, and the only homeless day centre in town.
Carl is thrilled by the support he's had from the club itself who have got behind the tune and allowed it to be played at matches through the PA system, and Carl wanted to acknowledge that fact, "The club has helped, particularly Tina [Jenner], the club photographer, they've been great - it's fantastic."
The single 'Town Song' is available to download from iTunes now at 0.79p and the YouTube video can be seen on www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0X99kk0yZc
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