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Tractor Boys are game for a recording

PUBLISHED: 15:59 31 July 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A HANDFUL of Tractor Boys will soon be heard making the noise of nearly 70,000 Manchester United fans.

A dozen young men crowded into the Gemini Recording Studio in Ipswich, to record homages to the likes of Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A HANDFUL of Tractor Boys will soon be heard making the noise of nearly 70,000 Manchester United fans.

A dozen young men crowded into the Gemini Recording Studio in Ipswich, to record homages to the likes of Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Their cheers will be put on a CD to form part of a new card game being made by Ipswich-based company, Upstarts.

The chants of the small crowd will then be layered to replicate the sound of a ground full of Manchester United players for the game, Flip Football, which pits Man Utd against a fictional team called Roughburn Rovers. The Reds opposition is based on local team Newton Road Conservative Club whose players are pictured on the cards.

Football songs to the Rovers have been written and will also be recorded for the CD which is being produced by Native Media Ltd and aims to add match day atmosphere to the game.

John Mariani, director of Upstarts which also produced the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire board game, said: "The game sees Manchester Utd playing against a fictional team and is a simple card game played with two packs of cards.

"The CD comes with the game as we wanted to add a bit more oomph to the game."

The idea for Flip Football came from Ipswich postman Mick Chilcott with whom Mr Mariani often travels up to Old Trafford to watch football. Both are ardent Manchester United fans.

It had been hoped that the chants could be recorded in Manchester so the sound of Manc accents would sing through but due to time constraints Upstarts chose Gemini Studios as the place to produce it.

Getting true Man Utd fans to provide the necessary vocals may not have achieved the right sound, however, if the team's captain is to be believed.

Last season Roy Keane hit the headlines when he criticised Reds fans for not getting behind their team enough in crucial matches.

His comments were targeted at what he called the Prawn Sandwich Brigade, who turn up at United games just to be entertained rather than indulge in the full-on passion of roaring their team on to victory and winding up the opposition.

For all it's 67,500 capacity, he said there have been times when you can hear a pin drop at Old Trafford.

There wasn't a single prawn sandwich in sight, however, when the Tractor Boys recorded their songs. Nor were there any Reds fans among them.

Most wore football shirts for the recording session and while many wore Ipswich Town shirts there was not a single red shirt in sight.

Flip Football is due out in the second week of September.

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