Rocker Jon McClure admitted to pangs of jealousy as he watched blue and white ticker tape explode to mark Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup – wishing it was for his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.
Jon and his band, Reverend and the Makers, were guests at Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium after winning the FA’s battle-of-the -bands competition to find an anthem for the competition.
The Sheffield group won a public vote which saw their song Shine the Light chosen.
And the band were invited to perform the song at half-time during Saturday’s match, in front of more than 80,000 spectators.
Afterwards, Jon said: “It was good, we’ve enjoyed it.
“But I couldn’t help wishing it was for Wednesday, seeing the blue and white ticker tape, but one day.
“But we’ve had a great time, the FA has really looked after us.”
Guitarist Ed Cosens said: “It’s lots of publicity we wouldn’t have otherwise got.
“It’s nice to be involved and to be voted for by the fans is good.
“It’s confirmation people like us.”
Jon said the anthem capped a good 12 months for the band, with a top-20 album – @reverend_makers – a sell-out tour, Sheffield Wednesday avoiding relegation from the Championship and performing at Wembley.
The 31-year-old said: “We’ve had a great time. Everything is in a good place.
“There’s a lot of rubbish music around and people are looking for something real, that means something to them.”
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