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For men of a certain age singing football songs on match day with their pals after a few pints is their idea of heaven.

People might wonder why football brings out the latent choirboy in grown men but there is no doubting its appeal.

So for 52-year-old Town fan Dave Scholefield, who has been supporting Town for more than 40 years, there was only one answer – bring back the glory days of the Leeds Road Cowshed!

And on Saturday he and around 30 like-minded males – and two females – gathered at the club’s Canalside base to flesh out their plans to recreate the atmosphere of times gone by.

The meeting started inevitably with a rousing rendition of an old Town favourite: ‘Those Were the Days, My Friend...’ before getting down to the serious business of promoting the new Home End.

The campaign began last season when the Home End was trialled at the FA Cup ties against Charlton and league games against Barnsley and Bolton.

The Fantastic Media lower stand became the new singing Home End and the campaign appeared to capture the imagination of fans with around £1,500 already raised for new flags and banners .

Members of fans’ group North Stand Loyal agreed at Saturday’s meeting to spend almost £1,000 on four giant flags for the area ahead of the new season.

 

These will be You’ll Never Win Three in a Row, one with a European-style Terrier, a Herbert Chapman history flag – you have either got it or you haven’t, Thrice Champions, 1924, 1925, 1926 and A Certain Romance – based on an Examiner photograph of fans celebrating in the Cowshed in 1979-80.

Ultimately, the aim is to purchase 11 flags, funds permitting, and local schools are going to be invited to design one.

A member of the All Together Town supporters’ group , Dave, of Roberttown, said: “I was delighted with the response on a miserable, wet afternoon. I thought we might attract a dozen so to have more than 30 turn up was excellent. The intention is that the flags will be ready for the new season. One of them will be a 20ft x 10ft surfing flag.”

Ben Greaves, 26, of Bradford, said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea and it is essential to improve the atmosphere . We want to create the atmosphere that there is when we play away from home.”

Dominic White, 23, a BBC interactive researcher, from Skelmanthorpe, said: “I am all for it, let’s be All Together Town!

“We need to develop a singing culture and tackle the lack of atmosphere. We can’t rely on the away fans to do it for us.

“I think it will be a slow process but the important thing is that we have made a start.”

To donate towards the flags go to www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/34522