'Let's go retro!': Supporters offer their verdict on Charlie Methven's big Sunderland 'Til I Die decision

A quick glance on social media shows that the lingering memory from season two of Sunderland ‘Til I Die is the same for most viewers.

Sunday, 5th April 2020, 9:00 am

It’s a memorable scene from episode one where, accompanied by marketing staff, Charlie Methven bids to change the pre-match music at the Stadium of Light.

While it may seem like something of a trivial matter, it was quite the hot topic around Wearside in the early weeks of the 2018/19.

Some loved the new-look music, others longed for something more nostalgic.

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But what are fans saying now? We take a look:


Methven’s Megamix of The Chemical Brothers, Energy 52’s Cafe Del Mar and Invaders Must Die by the Prodigy has hit the right notes with some.

It certainly can’t be accused of failing to build up suspense ahead of kick-off and, for a number of fans, it’s the perfect pre-match playlist.

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On Twitter, @mcaz1985 said: “The new music is far more uplifting to get the adrenaline going than the old dance of the knights.... bet there’s not many tune in to classical fm in the car for a sing along!”

Maggi Bulbeck on Facebook agreed, commenting: “Don’t change it. I love The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die.”


Sunderland have frequently switched their walk-out music over recent years, and some supporters are yearning for some old classics.

They include Dance of the Knights – brought to fame by The Apprentice – and Republica’s Ready To Go, both of which were early staples at the Stadium of Light.

@ajwilso tweeted: “I think they should have a set routine of songs from 15 minutes before kick off building to Dances of the Knights with the volume up on where it has been stuck for a couple of years.”

Zoe Marshall Taylor posted on Facebook: “Always loved Republica ‘Back and ready to go’ - Let’s go retro!!”


How about something completely different? Sunderland fans had some interesting ideas.

Keith Maddison suggested: “Bee Gees staying alive changed to Stadium of light Stadium of light”

George Howe added: “Mandy by Barry Manilow (but change Mandy for Sunderland obviously)”