The Courteeners frontman Liam Fray admits he has been blown away by the reaction to his anthem Not Nineteen Forever becoming the official celebration song for United’s 20th title triumph.
The track was played at Old Trafford after the Reds sealed the championship crown with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa late last month and has subsequently been re-released on itunes with some of the proceeds going to the Manchester United Foundation, in turn raising funds for Francis House and The Christie.
And for Middleton-born Fray - who used to be a ball boy at the Theatre of Dreams and went to the same school as Paul Scholes - the opportunity to join forces with his team and generate cash for charity in the process was not to be missed.
“It really wasn’t a big decision to make, of course we’d let United use our song,” Liam said. “It’s humbling and surreal. I don’t want to sound careerist but it’s the biggest football club in the world – my team - and it makes me proud. People at home are proud, it’s really nice and it just feels cool.
“We’re really happy to help the Foundation too because we’ve never been asked to do anything with a charity before. Some people say ‘oh, you think you are Bono for helping out’ but it’s a mega cause and if you’re asked to help, it’s a no-brainer.
“My friend Kevin was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 18, which put things into perspective for me. I was coming home from parties in Fallowfield or Withington and he was going the other way for treatment. That woke us all up and The Christie has been close to my heart since.
“The single has done really well since it was re-released and charted highly on iTunes. It’s great because most of the money will go to local charities like Francis House and The Christie, which is extra-special. You can give money or time, but if you give both then that’s amazing.”
The Courteeners will donate proceeds to the Foundation, which in turn will be distributed to Francis House and The