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Manchester United fans campaign for Paul Hardcastle's 19 to be a big hit again

18 May 2011 16:13:03

Manchester United fans campaign for Paul Hardcastle's 19 to be a big hit again

Share There's one number on the mind of Manchester United supporters everywhere at the moment. And they're not going to let anybody forget it. When the final whistle was blown at Ewood Park last Saturday, it signalled that United had secured a memorable 19th league title, putting them one clear of their great rivals Liverpool. And following the memorable success, United supporters have succeeded, partially at least, in a campaign to get the Paul Hardcastle hit 19 riding high in the music charts again.                                                                                                                                        The song, first released in 1985, spent five weeks at the top of the charts. It highlights the average age of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war. YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS...Hardcastle's famous hit was knocked off the top of the charts in 1985 by The Crowd's version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', which has become a terrace anthem of Liverpool over the decades. And the song re-entered the charts at No 40 last Sunday, following a campaign from United supporters on fans' forums, and the microblogging site Twitter. Some fans did voice their disapproval that the song was being used to score points over their rivals, given its subject matter, but they will probably be placated by news that proceeds are going to the armed forces.  Hardcastle is actually a rival for Chelsea, one of United's main rivals of modern times, but he seems happyenough. 'My twitter has exploded,' he said. 'So the challenge to the MUfans is get it back in the charts then, works for me.' Happy days: United players celebrate their 19th league title at Blackburn Music impressario Simon Fuller was Hardcastle's manager at the time, and he named his famous management company after the song. All eyes will again be on the charts this weekend, but it seems that despite the best efforts of United fans, there is a long way to go before the song replaces 'The Lazy Song' by Bruno Mars at the top of the hit parade.  Carry on, Paul! Neville pleads with fellow Manchester United great Scholes not to quit the gameConcentration is key! Neville implores United to call on spirit of 2008  Explore more:People: Simon Fuller Places: Liverpool, Vietnam


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