Tom Hark adopted at Portman Road

IT'S OFFICIAL! A little bit of South African sunshine is to beat down on Portman Road every time Town score from now on.Tom Hark, which was brought to Ipswich by Sheffield United on Saturday, is to be the official anthem played at the ground every time the team scores.

IT'S OFFICIAL! A little bit of South African sunshine is to beat down on Portman Road every time Town score from now on.

Tom Hark, which was brought to Ipswich by Sheffield United on Saturday, is to be the official anthem played at the ground every time the team scores.

And after the fans were left dancing in the streets at the end of Saturday's stunning victory – probably the best match seen at Portman Road for many years – few will argue with the club's choice.

Tom Hark was originally a South African folk song brought to Europe by a showband in the 1950s.


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It was revived by The Piranhas, who added the words, in the 1980s.

Saturday's fightback – when 10-man Ipswich overcame a two-goal deficit to claim all the points against the Blades – inspired the most electrifying atmosphere in Portman Road since the stadium was rebuilt.

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Over the last few weeks there had been criticism that home crowds were not as loud as they used to be before the new Greene King and North Stands were built.

Those critics were forgotten on Saturday, however, during Town's fightback.

Sheffield United fans had delighted in singing Tom Hark when their team went in front – but weren't so happy when it was thrown back in their face at the dramatic finish to the match.

nIf you want to hear Tom Hark and relive Saturday's goalden memories, log on to the Evening Star website at www.eveningstar.co.uk.

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