Newcastle United make 'exclusive' St James' Park announcement - will be revealed today v Wolves

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Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers: A world exclusive re-release of Mark Knopfler's iconic song Going Home (Local Hero) will play at St James' Park today.

A re-release Mark Knopfler's iconic Going Home (Local Hero) song will have its world-exclusive debut at St James' Park ahead of Newcastle United's match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Local Hero has been re-recorded by Mark Knopfler's Guitar Heroes, featuring fellow Geordie's Sting and Sam Fender as well as many more music icons. Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Wood also feature in the new version of the song which will help raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America. 

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 It will play for the first time as Newcastle take to the pitch ahead of their Premier League encounter with Wolves. Knopfler and guests will be pitchside to discuss the famous tune.

The song first debuted in the 1983 film Local Hero and has been Newcastle's walk-out anthem since the early 1990s.

Discussing the new version of the song, Knopfler told the club website: "What I really want to do, more than anything else, is just to thank each and every one for this sterling response.

"I really had no idea that it was going to be like this. It hit Guy [Fletcher] and I quite early on that we had to extend this piece somehow, to take in the number of people who joined in.

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"Before I knew where I was, Pete Townshend had come into my studio armed with a guitar and an amp. And that first Pete power chord... man, I tell you. We were in that territory, and it was just fantastic. And it went on from there. Eric [Clapton] came in, played great, just one tasty lick after another.

"Then Jeff Beck's contribution arrived and that was spellbinding. I think what we've had is an embarrassment of riches, really. The whole thing was a high point."

Knopfler was a member of Dire Straits and composed ‘Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero’ which Newcastle United walk out to on match days at St James’ Park.Knopfler was a member of Dire Straits and composed ‘Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero’ which Newcastle United walk out to on match days at St James’ Park.
Knopfler was a member of Dire Straits and composed ‘Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero’ which Newcastle United walk out to on match days at St James’ Park. | Getty Images

Newcastle defender and former season ticket holder Dan Burn said: "Local has been a song that I've listened to all my life and means so much to me on so many levels, whether as a fan or player.

"My dad used to play Local Hero at breakfast and it instantly made me think of St. James' Park and the excitement of going to games."

Fans will be able to purchase the new song following its world-exclusive release with net proceeds donated to the teenage cancer charities. 

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