New castle club anthem to be from a local film
Among the football clubs, New castle’s Going Home as its anthem to be selected from an album. It’s become a key element of the club’s matchday experience for supporters at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle’s signature tune is known by many names, ‘Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)’ being the full name of anthem.
The song is also known as ‘Going Home (The Local Hero)’ or simply ‘Going Home’ or ‘Local Hero’. Being an instrumental track, “Going Home” does not have any lyrics.
New castle’s Going home the signature tune
‘Going Home’ was released on March 4, 1983. It was the closing track from the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ soundtrack album. The album was recorded at The Power Station (formerly known as Avatar Studios) in New York and Eden Studios in London in 1982.
Nobody can be quite sure when the song was adopted by Newcastle United to run as their pre-match anthem, but it’s evident that the tune has clearly caught on among fans.
The melody of ‘Going Home’ was penned by Glasgow-born and Newcastle-raised musician Mark Knopfler with lead saxophone lines by late American jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker.
The instrumental theme song has developed an emotional bond to the fans of Knopfler’s hometown club, Newcastle United. Created when Knopfler who’s a lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer with the band Dire Straits now sought a new dimension for his film-score writing to reach his long last dream.
‘Going Home’ tune let the people who watched the film ‘Local Hero’ teary-eyed, the new castle fans now have the same emotional thing for New castle.
Beyond Newcastle, the composition has also aired at home games of Aberdeen, Tranmere Rovers and Burton Albion.
Knopfler performed ‘Going Home’ as a tribute to the late Formula One driver Sir Stirling Moss, and the theme was also used at the 1987 America’s Cup yacht race which is said to be one of the most important race.
When Newcastle’s stadium bar was officially relaunched as ‘Shearer’s under its new ownership in March 2022, it was only fitting that Knopfler was present to perform ‘Going Home’ live reportedly without charging a fee for the rendition for giving his debut.
The Newcastle United fan base is seen as one of the most loyal and passionate groups of supporters in England. In addition, the Newcastle supporters have produced a number of their own impressive chants that ring around the terraces on matchday.
The song, and most of the soundtrack, was written and produced by Newcastle fan Mark Knopfler. The track is played before every Newcastle United home game and is also played ahead of Scottish side Aberdeen’s home matches.
Lambert’s return story
‘Home Newcastle’ tells the story of Lambert’s return to the city after a period away working in London and is played regularly at home matches to this day.
Lambert continued to be known for writing songs about his beloved football club and in 1996 he penned the track ‘Shearer’s Back’. It was to mark England striker and Newcastle-born Alan Shearer returning to the city after signing from Blackburn Rovers.
Sadly, Lambert passed away unexpectedly back in 2009. Like most fans in England, the Newcastle United supporters have produced a series of emotional chants on the match days.
A lot of these take a jab at their fierce rivals, in this case Sunderland. However, on the whole, a wide spectrum of subjects are covered by the Geordies’ chants.
The simple but effective chant of ‘Toon, Toon, Black and White Army’ is a staple of the St. James’ Park stands and can be heard ringing around the ground at every home match.
Originating from Newcastle’s 2003 away fixture at Inter Milan’s San Siro in the UEFA Champions League, where 15,000 Magpies fans saw Alan Shearer’s brace rescue a 2-2 draw. The song simply implies that Newcastle United are a bigger club as Sunderland have never played in Milan.
Italian full-back Davide Santon endeared himself to the St. James’ Park faithful after joining from Inter in 2011, stating that he had “never seen a Mackem in Milan”.
Another regular target of the Newcastle supporters’ chants is controversial owner Mike Ashley. The businessman has been much maligned by the fan base during his 13-year tenure as the club’s owner, a period that is have two relegation zones and a European spots.