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Brighton fans single makes top 20
Seagulls Ska perform their song
The group are Brighton fans headed by poet Attila the Stockbroker
A single released by Brighton football fans keen to highlight their club's fight for a new stadium has made number 17 in the official charts.

"Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)" charted above the likes of Girls Aloud, Blue and Christina Aguilera.

All profits from the single are going towards Brighton and Hove Albion's efforts to build a new stadium at Falmer, on the outskirts of the city.

The single has been backed by the Skint record label of famous fan Fatboy Slim.

'Fantastic publicity'

The lyrics of "Tom Hark (We Want Falmer)" have been written by poet Attila the Stockbroker, a lifelong Brighton fan and the club's poet in residence.

He also produced and sang on the record, which is a re-working of 1980s ska tune "Tom Hark" by The Piranhas, often adapted as a football chant by fans.

He said: "It has gone really well and it's fantastic publicity for the stadium.

"They played the whole song on the Radio One chart show and at the beginning they said this was created by Albion fans.

The cover of the single
The cover of the single shows the proposed stadium design

"All I can say is thanks to everyone who bought it - especially people who didn't like it and still bought it."

Brighton and Hove Albion have not had a permanent home since the Goldstone Ground closed in 1997.

The team played at Gillingham for two years before returning to Brighton to play at Withdean, a 7,000-capacity athletics stadium in the city.

The club wants to build a 22,000-seater stadium at Falmer, but the final decision on whether the scheme can go ahead rests with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

He will make his ruling after the long-running public inquiry into the scheme re-opens in February.

Profits from the single will go to the Albion's Alive and Kicking Fund, set up by the club in September in an attempt to raise 2m to fund its side of the inquiry process.




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