Martyn: Cheer Up Peter Reid

Martyn: Cheer Up Peter Reid

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I am going to cheat because my most memorable song is really two songs both related to Sunderland Football Club.

In the 1990’s when Peter Reid was the Manager of Sunderland. We were starting to do really well but Peter Reid wasn’t looking happy on the touch line. The fans started singing – to the tune of ‘Day Dream Believer’ by the Monkeys.

CHEER UP PETER REID,

OH WHAT CAN IT MEAN,

TO A SUNDERLAND SUPPORTER,

TO BE TOP OF THE LEAGUE

The song really took off and someone had the idea of recording and releasing it. One of the lads knew someone who ran a recording studio so six of us went in one night and recorded it. As soon as we released it in the shops on Wearside it was outselling the number one song in the charts- ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis. We were number one in the NME indie charts, so it was all quite exciting.

At the time Kevin Keegan was the manager of Newcastle and was on the Sugar Puffs advert. We started sending out spoof press releases using a knackered old fax machine telling people the supermarkets on Wearside had stopped selling Sugar Puffs because fans were boycotting them.

The song was featured in all the national newspapers and then Channel 4’s Big Breakfast got in touch. Peter Andre was the presenter and came up to Roker Park for a live broadcast and challenged us to a penalty shoot out against Newcastle’s keeper, John Burridge. If we scored then we achieved a life time’s ambition of scoring into the Fulwell End at Roker Park, but if we missed we had to eat some Sugar Puffs. We were all wearing player’s tops from the dressing room. I wore John Kay’s. He was a popular player but he’d never scored a goal for the team. I took the penalty and scored and had a laugh with Kaysie about that.

We charted at 39 and were told if we went up the chart again we’d get to go on Top of the Pops, that didn’t happen but we did get to sing at the civic reception when the team won the league…

Photo: sent by Martyn, Sunderland