Some 600 people packed in to a church to see a choir’s first public performance of a football chant composed by Edward Elgar.
The chant, He Banged The Leather For Goal, was written in 1898 and sung by fans of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was the first ever football chant on the terraces and composed by Malvern-born Elgar in honour of Wolves legend Billy Malpass.
It was performed on Saturday by Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra, backed by the choir of St Peter’s Collegiate Church.
The performance at the church was to launch an appeal to raise money for its organ, which has fallen in to disrepair, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ vice-president and public relations manager said.
It was recorded by the BBC and was broadcast on the World Service.
Ms Heyhoe-Flint said: “The whole audience joined in to add a bit of volume for the recording for the BBC World Service. It was explosive. Elgar would have been proud.”
The concert also included a guest appearance by soprano Rita Cullis, the niece of Stan Cullis, a legendary Wolves manager of the 1950s and 60s.