Posh will be on song as fans count down to Wembley - video & photos

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Fans gathered to see the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Queensgate this week, and they will have their own song to sing as they seek to fire up Peterborough United to lift the cup at Wembley.

City musicians The Harrington Blues have put their own take on the Billy Joel classic and called it “The Posh have got the fire” - watch it on YouTube.

Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Queensgate: Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-140318-095457001
Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Queensgate: Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-140318-095457001

And it has even had club directors bopping about in the boardroom.

The team will face Chesterfield in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Sunday, 30 March and more than 16,000 tickets have been sold.

The build up to the big game gathered pace this week as the club released the official song for the match and fans were given a chance to get their hands on the trophy.

Posh announced that the club had teamed up with The Harrington Blues to release the song, which is available for download on Soundcloud.

Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Queensgate shopping centre: Adrian Stratton (40) with his dad Ray Stratton (66) who had a heart attack at a Posh match. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-140318-095313001
Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Queensgate shopping centre: Adrian Stratton (40) with his dad Ray Stratton (66) who had a heart attack at a Posh match. Photo: David Lowndes EMN-140318-095313001

The band approached the football club about the possibility of putting their track into production and the club have also produced a video for the song, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Club spokesman Phil Adlam said: “Not only are they a talented local band, but they are also big Posh fans.

“They are regulars at London Road and two of the band actually met at a game, so when they approached us about a track they had written, we were keen to hear it.

“The song tells the story of how the club came through that semi-final at Swindon. It is the band’s own take on a Billy Joel classic.”

Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Pictured are Adrian Stratton (40) with his dad Ray Stratton (66) who had a heart attack at a Posh match EMN-140318-095336001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Pictured are Adrian Stratton (40) with his dad Ray Stratton (66) who had a heart attack at a Posh match EMN-140318-095336001

Ben Gooch from The Harrington Blues said: “The inspiration for the song came from a football song the Rifles once did, and our love of Posh.

“We wanted to do a football song without it being cheesy. We thought by telling a bit of a story, the fans could relate to it and it would be more appealing.

“We wanted a chorus that the fans could adopt and could be sung in the terraces. The video was good fun, it was strange being at an empty London Road and having a kick about. It’s brilliant, the club have been fully behind it - even club chief executive Bob Symns was bopping about.”

Meanwhile, Posh fans were able to get their hands on the trophy when it was put on display at the Queensgate Shopping Centre - which also saw team boss Darren Ferguson pop along to chat to fans.

Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Mayor  June Stokes with trophy EMN-140318-095348001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Mayor June Stokes with trophy EMN-140318-095348001

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The occasion was extra special for fans Adrian Stratton (33) and his dad Ray Stratton (66). Ray was taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest while watching the team’s semi-final match against Swindon at London Road last month.

The match was halted in the 87th minute so that Ray could be treated by paramedics on the pitch.

Having made a full recovery Ray and Adrian will be at the big game - after Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony offered the pair tickets.

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Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095416001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095416001

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Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095555001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095555001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095651001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. Joe Newell, Darren Ferguson, Craig Alcock and Jack Payne celebrate Posh getting to Wembley EMN-140318-095651001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. EMN-140318-095703001
Johnstone Paint trophy at Queensgate. EMN-140318-095703001
Johnstone's Paint trophy at Queensgate. Darren Ferguson with trophy EMN-140318-095151001
Johnstone's Paint trophy at Queensgate. Darren Ferguson with trophy EMN-140318-095151001
 

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