Blyth Spartans have given the Quireboys their full backing as the band bid to step up their race against time – and release an official anthem for the Croft Park club in time for next month’s FA Cup third round tie against Blackburn.

rushonrock understands guitarist Paul Guerin – Blyth born and bred – and Geordie singer Spike have already penned three possible versions of a tune guaranteed to get the Spartans faithful in full voice ahead of the visit of Sam Allardyce’s Rovers.

And the duo will hit the studio on Tuesday, immediately after Monday night’s Newcastle Carling Academy show – the final date on their latest UK headline tour. The band are currently riding high on the back of latest album Homewreckers And Heartbreakers and have toured Europe on and off for most of 2008.

But Guerin is determined to work round the clock over the festive period in a bid to boost his boyhood heroes. Spartans secretary Ian Evans said: “We’re right behind the boys and it’s a great idea. Blyth have never had an offcial song and we can’t wait to see what happens.” 

Tyneside-based Global Music, formerly Demolition Records, have given the Quireboys free use of their Newcastle studios in an attempt to speed up the recording process. And the band’s record label, Jerkin Crokus, is confident the Spartans’ song will be available for download in advance of the Blackburn tie.

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