Duo’s final anthem makes Wembley dream come true
A Brighouse Bradford City fan has sung his way to the Capital One Cup final thanks to donations from supporters after creating a cup final song.
Tom Fletcher, originally from Clifton, teamed up with his City fanatic friend Dominic Newton-Collinge to create a song for the team’s final at Wembley against Swansea City on Sunday.
The duo produce the podcast Bantams Banter and needed to raise the money so they could broadcast at the final.
After posting their anthem Lets Get Ready For Wembley on YouTube, donations came flooding in and raised the £1,350 needed for the licence.
“The song just took off,” said Tom, a former Brighouse High School pupil. “In three days we had 10,000 views on YouTube and had donations flooding in.
“We will now be one of the first podcasts teams to be in the press box at Wembley.
“We want to say a big thank you to all the fans who have supported us and donated to make this happen.”
With the help of friend Tom Lever who filmed and edited the video entirely on his iPhone, the track was recorded at Woolpack Studios in Otley .
The video, which was only uploaded a week ago, has now been viewed by more than 12,000 people.
Tom, 28, now of Wyke and Dom, 26, from Otley, started Bantams Banter about three years ago after losing their jobs at BBC Radio Leeds as sports broadcast assistants. They decided to produce and record the show from every single home match ‘live’ as the action unfolds.
“The first season was OK and we managed a couple of thousand downloads in total we were happy with, then we started getting into the flow of making shows every week and suddenly the downloads grew and grew.
“By the end of the second season we hit 500,000 downloads in total. We nearly fainted.
“This season we continued to make the podcasts and because of our amazing cup run and doing a joint podcast with Alan Davies from QI and Jonanthan Creek last month our downloads topped one million overall and we hit number two in the overall podcast chart, just above Ricky Gervais and Rohd Gilbert.
“We could not believe it that something that started from nothing reached these heights.”
The duo are now set to travel down to London on Saturday to watch the Arsenal vs Aston Villa games, two teams they ironically knocked out in the cup competition.
They will there as guests of Alan Davies who said they could come and watch the game if Bradford got to Wembley.
“I think if we can take the game to penalties we will have a chance, “ said Tom. “It is just going to be a great day and a great occasion for everyone involved with the club.”
To listen to their song visit bantamsbanter.com/videos/lets-get-ready-for-wembley/
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