Up until 1966, match day announcements usually consisted of the team line-ups and one song played through a loud speaker.
Secretary Harry Green decided to modernise the set-up and invited Bernard Gent to take over, and from then ‘Radio Ayresome’ was born.
Bernard coined the phrase ‘Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Ayresome Park’. He also decided a theme tune was needed and chose the theme from a current TV series at the time, The Power Game performed by the Cyril Stapleton Orchestra.
The tune greeted the players onto the pitch for nearly 30 years and is engrained into Ayresome culture just as Pigbag is at The Riverside.
There are still discussions to this day on messageboards and social media into what records were played during that time.
Songs such as ‘Oh Well’ by Fleetwood Mac, ‘Dance With The Devil’ by Cozy Powell, and Van McCoys ‘The Shuffle’ and ‘The Hustle’ were all played with gusto and still remembered well on Teesside.
One song which always provides a topic of debate is the tune that was played as fans filed out of Ayresome Park at the end of the game. Consensus of opinion is that it came from radio advert for Renault 5 cars!