Hartlepool United fans urged to score a charity hit with ‘Poolie Til I Die’

FUNDRAISER: Hartlepool United's chief executive Russ Green (left) joins Ian McManus from Red Dreams, Stephen Picton and Kevin Hill from Miles for Men along with John Hart, Paul Hart, Michael Hart (14) and his brother Harry (9) at the launch of the new charity single at Victoria Park in Hartlepool Picture: DAVID WOOD
FUNDRAISER: Hartlepool United's chief executive Russ Green (left) joins Ian McManus from Red Dreams, Stephen Picton and Kevin Hill from Miles for Men along with John Hart, Paul Hart, Michael Hart (14) and his brother Harry (9) at the launch of the new charity single at Victoria Park in Hartlepool Picture: DAVID WOOD

Hartlepool United fans are being urged to raise their voices and money for two town charities with the launch of a new club anthem.

The single Poolie Til I Die, named after Pools’ motto, has been made by father and son fans John and Paul Hart.

Kyle McManus

Kyle McManus

Released tomorrow on the eve of Hartlepool United’s new campaign which kicks off at Victoria Park, sales will go to performing arts charity Red Dreams and town cancer charity Miles For Men.

Ian McManus, of Red Dreams, in Whitby Street South, said: ”Paul and his family are true supporters and have huge hearts, this song should bring the terraces and town together.”

Paul wrote and performed the track with his dad, John, and his nephew, Michael, as well as Poolie fans supplying the chants.

John is no stranger to music success, having been part of a family group who won Opportunity Knocks in 1969 and New Faces in 1974.

This song should bring the terraces and town together

Ian McManus, Red Dreams

He was signed to Decca Records whose other artists included The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.

Paul has been part of Red Dreams for several years.

The charity was founded by the parents of promising performer Kyle McManus who died from a brain haemorrhage aged just 16 in 2007.

It helps young and mature people develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief through the creative arts.

Hartlepool United’s new chairman Gary Coxall nominated Miles For Men after he and monkey mascot H’Angus ran in last month’s race.

The club said they were delighted to help support two charities and hope the song will be a big hit with fans.

A spokesman said: “Gary and H’Aangus had a great time taking part in Miles for Men this year and we are more than happy to be able to support both them and Red Dreams.

“It is great that Paul and John used our motto as the basis for a song and anything that helps get the crowd singing this season can only be good for the atmosphere inside the ground.”

There will be a small presentation on the pitch with those involved in the single just before kick off on Saturday.

Stephen Picton from Miles For Men said: “The song is absolutely fantastic, Red Dreams once again helping other charities, and it is great to see the heart in Hartlepool is alive and kicking.”

Paul Hart previously helped to raise thousands for Red Dreams by co-writing Christmas Lullaby, for Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery, who is fighting cancer Fight. The song reached number 22 in the iTunes Chart.

Poolie Til I Die will be available to buy through Red Dreams’ Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1M4Wfl9