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Sports reporter’s play-off final song is hit with fans

A sports reporter on a regional newspaper has written a song about his beloved football team which has become an internet sensation.

Steve Canavan, the Blackpool Gazette’s football writer penned the song about Blackpool FC, also known as The Seasiders, who played their way to Wembley in the Championship play-off final against West Ham tomorrow.

As the team were making their way down the M6 on Thursday, Steve was penning his Wembley song which can be heard via on the newspaper’s website.

The song came about after local entertainer Joey Blower recorded the fans’ favourite song ‘The Best Trip’.

Not wanting to be outdone Steve, who has been covering Blackpool FC for the past decade and is lead singer in local band Lupa Tom, also had a bash at penning his own tune and lyrics to celebrate the team’s success.

As soon as it was uploaded onto the paper’s website the hits started multiplying and it has now had thousands of hits.

Said Steve: “The office heard Joey’s song, loved it – then said I should have a bash.

“I’ve played guitar for a few years, just as a hobby. But I do like writing the odd tune so I spent ten minutes jotting down some lyrics and came up with my own little tribute.

“Granted, it’s not got quite the same production values as Joey’s – basically it’s me sat in my bedroom with a guitar and a cheap tape recorder –and I’m pretty sure it won’t go down in history as one of the great footballing songs. But I’ve had a go – I just hope chairman Karl Oyston’s got a sense of humour otherwise I’ll be banned from the ground.”

The Gazette is also asking readers to vote on its website for which song they like the best. Steve’s song is currently in the lead with 70pc of the votes.

Log on to to hear both songs.