Football is often defined by the passion it evokes from its supporter base, with the voice of the terrace sometimes considered an expression of a team’s soul.
Football is often defined by the passion it evokes from its supporter base, with the voice of the terrace sometimes considered an expression of a team-s soul.
And in the ultimate acknowledgment of this unique relationship between fan and club, Melbourne Heart FC has adopted as its anthem, a song which was initially penned by members of the Club-s unofficial supporter group, ‘Red and White Unite-, and has been produced as well as sung by Mark D-Angelo.
An ode to Melbourne-s newest football club, ‘Under the Red and White- is set to feature prominently throughout Heart-s inaugural Hyundai A-League campaign, encapsulating the Club-s mantra of developing into an institution truly representative of the State-s football community.
Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn praised the initiative of Red and White Unite members Lachlan Wight, Zach Jackson and Holly Caldwell, in developing the song.
“For our official anthem to be born of the terraces, organically, really summarises what we are about as a football club,” he said.
“Red and White Unite have shown tremendous support for the Club-s vision and philosophy from day one, and we are grateful to have such loyal fans on board.
“I would like to thank Lachlan, Zach and Holly for their contribution, which has ensured their names will forever be etched in Melbourne Heart FC history.”
Wight, Jackson and Caldwell said their key motivation was to create an iconic anthem for the fans, by the fans.
“The whole concept of writing a song for the club arose from wanting Heart to be different from other Hyundai A-League clubs who made a song and forced it onto their fans, whether they liked it or not,” they said.
“We based it on the Irish Lullaby and changed the lyrics to be based around Melbourne and our club. As time went on, the song changed from our original version with acoustic guitar, one singer and simple strings to what it is now.
“It will take a bit of time to grow on fans, but we can see the whole of AAMI Park as a sea of red with scarves raised singing Under the Red and White as we hold the Championship trophy aloft.”
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