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Walsall Wembley charity anthem set to hit iTunes

'Walsall FC go to Wembley...from Bloxwich, Bescott and Wednesbury'.


The lyrics from one of the region's unsigned band's new charity single, which celebrates Walsall's trip to Wembley this month.

Indie quartet, The Assist, from Walsall, have released a sneak preview of their new song 'Walsall FC Go to Wembley', but fans will have to wait until Monday to get the full version on iTunes and Spotify.

The preview has had almost 2,000 plays on SoundCloud in less than two days and has even had the thumbs up from Saddlers players Romaine Sawyers and Andy Taylor on Twitter.

All proceeds will go to Walsall FC Youth Development and The Brain Tumour charity in memory of Burntwood born Charlatan's drummer Jon Brookes, who died of the illness in 2013.

Guitarist Ryan Stanton said Mr Brookes had done a great deal for local music and raising money in his memory is the least the band could do in return.

"We were contacted to do the song by the Walsall Supporters Trust, who sorted us out with free studio time," he said.

"It's a great charity too - our first ever gig was at the tribute gig for Jon Brookes after he passed away so it made sense to raise money in his memory.

"We're really buzzing about the response the song has had already though, everyone has been saying really good things about it."

"When I was growing up all we cared about was music and football so for Walsall to get to Wembley after 127 years is massive for the town.

"It means everything to the town. You walk down the street and there are scarfs everywhere and its all painted red. Everyone I know is going to Wembley – we all got our tickets as soon as they came out."

The Assist's first live performance of 'Walsall FC Go to Wembley' will be on the night of its release at Yates on Leicester Street, for an evening with former player and manager Paul Merson.

Tickets are £2 in advance or £4 on the door.

To listen to the preview go to or follow The Assist on Twitter at @TheAssistBand.

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