D:Ream back fans’ campaign to get Sunderland anthem Things Can Only Get Better to No1

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A CAMPAIGN to get 1990s anthem Things Can Only Get Better to No1 in the charts has received star backing – from the band themselves.

Sunderland fans Neil Winfield and John Thornhill, from Millfield, launched a Facebook fight to get D:Ream’s hit to the top of the charts to coincide with their team’s Capital One Cup Final clash with Manchester City.

Black Cats fans adopted the chorus as their own following the team’s disastrous start to the season.

Neil set up the Facebook page ‘Let’s get Things can only get better to number 1 for the League Cup final’ on February 19 and has managed to attract 4,068 likes to date.

The song is No19 in Amazon’s MP3 downloads chart and has now been backed by Al Mackenzie from the band.

He told the Echo: “The whole thing is a little bizarre.

“It’s come totally out of the blue but I’m loving every minute of it. We’ll make nothing off it due to the way record companies work so if we’d known beforehand, we’d have got our new version up. Hopefully, it’ll get some people listening to stuff we did recently.”

Neil, 42, said he was surprised at how well the campaign was doing – but likened the chance of it going to number one as the same as struggling Sunderland beating title contenders Manchester City.

He said: “I didn’t expect the response to be so great. It just shows how well people have took to it. The top 10 is a big challenge to meet as it needs something like 40,000 sales.

“We are very happy with the way things are going at the moment. It’s generating massive interest on Facebook, Twitter, football forums and in the public.”

Neil added: “We want to get the song in the public eye as there’s a buzz on Wearside with the league cup final coming up, a potential semi-final leg in the FA Cup looming and the general feeling around the city that the team’s recent performances has created. It’s a great way to get everyone involved.”