Hul Kingston Rovers have recorded a charity single to mark their first Challenge Cup fina appearance since 1986, with all the proceeds going to charity.
The squad have added vocals to the original backing of Erasure’s hit song ‘A Little Respect’, and they have the support of Erasure front man Andy Bell.
Bell saw the footage of fans singng the song after the Robins had beaten Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Headingley, and recorded his own new video version in a personal message to the supporters.
That then led to the chance for the squad to record the song for charity.
“When I saw the video of the Hull KR fans singing the song together and the club contacted me to ask if they could re-release it for charity, it was an easy decision,” Bell told Rovers’ official website.
“It’s fantastic to see what the song means to those fans and I couldn’t believe how many of them were singing along who wouldn’t have even been born when the song was originally released.
“The proceeds are going to three fantastic causes so I hope people get behind it and download the track. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the Cup Final result on August 29th and wish everyone at the club the best of luck.”
The song is available to download now for just 99p from iTunes and GooglePlay for £1.29, with proceeds split between Freddie’s Friends, Downright Special and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Hull KR CEO Mike Smith is delighted with the results of the recording session.
“We’ve seen over the past couple of weeks how our supporters have really taken this song to their hearts, especially during the celebrations after our semi-final victory,” he said.
“When Andy Bell uploaded his own tribute video to the club after the game, everything went one step further and the song has gone on to encapsulate a very special moment for the club on this season’s run to Wembley.
“’Red, Red Robin’ will always be the traditional anthem associated with Hull Kingston Rovers and that will never change but we also wanted to celebrate a special connection between Erasure’s song and our club this season.
“Recording a special edition of the track before the Challenge Cup Final with all the proceeds going to charity seemed like the perfect option.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work to get the necessary permission for this project and our thanks go out to Erasure’s management team, BMG Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing for their support, as well as our players and the people at Fruit Trade Music for getting involved.
“It’s now down to our supporters and music fans to play their part in helping to raise money for three very worthy causes by downloading the track. Given the excitement around the club for the Challenge Cup Final and their love for this song, I’m sure the charity single will prove very popular.”