It was written by Chelsea fan Paul Hardcastle in the 80s. Three decades later the iconic single ’19’ is storming the charts in aid of charity, thanks to a campaign by Manchester United fans celebrating the club’s record-breaking nineteenth title success.

Hardcastle’s 1985 hit, dedicated to American soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war and whose average age was 19, is now being used by the artist to give money to children whose parents have died fighting for their country. Paul, a lifelong Blues fan, said that if it makes someone smile then he doesn’t care who has won the title.

All the profits from the download will go to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed in action while serving with the British Armed Forces. The charity provides treats, trips and activities for families of the fallen with the aim of offering a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping without a loved one.

You can join the campaign by buying the track from iTunes for 79p

– BY JOHN GUBBA

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