PROFESSOR Brian Cox is backing The Lads.
The particle physicist – famous for his BBC TV series – was a member of D:Ream, which recorded Things Can Only Get Better.
Sunderland fans Neil Winfield and John Thornhill, from Millfield, launched a Facebook fight to get the hit to the top of the charts to coincide with their team’s Capital One Cup Final clash with Manchester City.
The song has since been climbing the download charts on Amazon and iTunes.
The Echo reported yesterday how Al Mackenzie from D:Ream is backing the campaign.
Now Professor Cox has added his voice of support – and cheered on Sunderland to win the final.
He tweeted: “Who’d have thought it! @d_ream back in the charts thanks to @SAFCofficial. Come on Sunderland!”