WATCH: Hebburn star’s musical tribute to Middlesbrough ahead of Wembley match

Hebburn star Neil Grainger has created a musical tribute to his team Middlesbrough ahead of their match at Wembley.
Hebburn star Neil Grainger has created a musical tribute to his team Middlesbrough ahead of their match at Wembley.
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Hebburn star Neil Grainger has created a musical tribute to Middlesbrough ahead of their all-important match at Wembley Stadium.

The actor, who played pub singer Gervaise in the BBC2 sitcom, is hoping to spur on his hometown team as they prepare to take on Norwich City in Monday’s Championship play-off.

Neil re-wrote the lyrics to John Farnham’s You’re The Voice with an inspirational message to his beloved Boro and the video has been viewed online thousands of times.

Other well-known faces in the video include players Adam Clayton and Ben Gibson, as well as singers Kerrianne Covell and Alistair Griffin.

Neil said: “It’s been amazing really, even though I haven’t slept in weeks while we’ve been putting it together.

“It’s just me and a mate of mine, we’ve filmed it all and edited it all together, and the response we’ve had from it has just been amazing.

“I uploaded it at 12pm yesterday and I worked out that it’s had about 80,000 views all ready.

“I’m just hoping that we win on Monday now, and like the video says, I really do believe that we can do it.

“I feel like there’s something different happening in the town at the minute and we deserve to be back in the top league.

“We’ve got the facilities and the fans and everything is ready for it. I think even if we don’t get it on Monday we definitely will next season.”

Neil, who lives in London, added: “I’ve got my brother and nephew coming down tomorrow and we’re all heading to the match together.

“I’m doing a bit of work for the club as well, interviewing fans outside, so if anybody sees me there, come over and say hello.”