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Wednesday 09 March 2005
Take the single home and send the Dons into the charts

Highly-rated and hotly-tipped Everstrong are making an assault on the mainstream Top 40 with the anthemic ?Take Me Home? ? in association with AFC Wimbledon. And both they and label Cornish Blue Music will be donating all the profits from the nationwide campaign to the AFC Wimbledon Ground Fund. It hits the shops on Monday 11 April and is available to order online NOW.

Currently based in Manchester, the five-piece guitar band have been garnering rave reviews on the live circuit for three years. Their debut album, ?Hello Again? was released at the tail end of last year on the Cornish Blue label ? a heartfelt guitar rock album that?s not afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve while bringing a refreshing emotional honesty to the genre. But Everstrong are best known for their blistering live performances ? always concluding with ?Take Me Home?. It does the song a disservice to suggest it is one dimensional, but the original creative spur came as long-standing Wimbledon fan Simon Vaughan railed against the suggestion of his football club being uprooted and moved 70 miles away.

Not only will it be available on general release, every copy sold will also raise money for the club. Any copies pre-ordered count towards the first week?s chart-placing and you can order online from HMV.co.uk by clicking here.

Singer and lyricist Simon Vaughan explains:
?Take Me Home was a song written to be played at the end of our live set. A wall of guitars, with the same verse repeated three times over a blues turnaround. It was penned prior to May 2002 when I was still a Wimbledon FC supporter protesting against the then proposed move to Milton Keynes. The lyrics are simple and reflect what supporting Wimbledon and now AFC Wimbledon has always meant to me: pride, loyalty, and the desire to watch football in Wimbledon.

?We played the track when we performed at the Give & Go night at Kingsmeadow in December, and it was suggested after the gig that we record the song for use by the club on matchdays. Further discussions between us and our record label resulted in the idea to release the track as a single and donate all the proceeds to the Stadium fund. It?s great that we can raise some money for the club ? it was a real buzz to perform after the game and I?m hoping I can be the first person to wear an AFC Wimbledon on Top of the Pops!?

Everstrong are Simon Vaughan on lead vocals, Paul Murphy on drums, Mike Thomas on bass Phil Carr on rhythm guitar and Paul Williams on lead guitar. Still based in Manchester, where they regularly gig in famous live venue Night and Day, the band will be touring the European festival circuit in 2005 after the release of ?Take Me Home?. The album ?Hello Again? is still available on Cornish Blue Music. Read more about the band on their website.

Despite being based in Cornwall, Cornish Blue Music Ltd has very strong ties with South West London. CBM is a family-run business - three of the company were born in Wimbledon, and schooled in Kingston. The Company Secretary worked in Wimbledon for the whole of his professional life, and was on the Plough Lane terraces in the days of Division Four matches against Swindon and Halifax. The company added: ?We are very proud of what both Everstrong and AFC Wimbledon stand for in their respective fields, and are glad that we can help raise money by donating all profits of the single to the AFC Wimbledon Stadium Fund."

click here for a 30 second clip of Take Me Home