BURNLEY Football Club were today urged to "get back up again" by their chart-topping fans Chumbawamba.

The massive-selling group said adopting their summer smash single Tubthumping as an anthem could boost the side's luck and lift them off the bottom of the Second Division.

Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon said: "It might just be what they need. At the moment they play Jump by Van Halen when the team run out. It's got to be better than that."

Chumbawamba's fortunes could not have been more different than those of Chris Waddle's side since the start of the football season in August last year.

While Burnley have suffered a string of defeats, the band with four members from the town has enjoyed its biggest success since forming in 1982.

The single, which has been nominated for a Brit Award, has sold millions of copies worldwide and the album Tubthumper is currently at number three in the American Top Ten. The song,which contains the line "I get knocked down, but I get up again", has already scored with Leeds United, hometown team of the rest of the group.

Danbert added: "Leeds asked us at the start of season whether they could use the song and at that time they were having a bit of a bad run.

"Since they started using it they have gone from strength to strength."

Chris Waddle said: "I will think about it and if it can guarantee a few wins then I will play it."

The Burnley members of Chumbawamba are Danbert, Alice Nutter, Lou, who sings on their imminent release Amnesia, and guitarist Boff, who was fortunate to watch the Clarets beating Watford at the weekend.

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