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Listen to teaser clip for Euro 2016 Northern Ireland fans song by London Northern Ireland Supporter's Club

And we think you'll recognise the tune

By Claire Williamson

Published 16/02/2016

Northern Ireland fans get practising as your first Euro 2016 fan song clip has arrived - and chances are you already know how it goes.

It looks as though the Green and White Army are going to have more than one song to sing in France in a couple of months time as this is the second charity fan song set for release.

But for this one brought to you by the London Northern Ireland Supporter's Club, all you'll have to learn is the words, as Making Our Way to Paris is a lighthearted cover of the classic Living Next Door to Alice.

The full song is set for official launch on Sunday in London and excitement is building among those involved.

Members of the London NISC are behind the song which was the brainchild of Fermanagh man Richard Cathcart.

It all began in Bucharest in 2014 when a group of fans were in a bar and the Smokie song came on, when Richard spontaneously changed the chorus singing, "in 2016 we'll be making our way to Paris".

Richard, who has lived in London for 30 years, thought nothing more of it.

The 56-year-old has been a life-long Northern Ireland fan and attended his first game in 1971.

But when Northern Ireland qualified and celebrations got underway - the idea was brought up about making a song - and the sing-along in Bucharest came to mind.

Richard said: "It sort of grew almost without my knowing how it was going to happen."

He then penned a rough draft of lyrics and after approaching a musician friend realised the process wasn't as complex as he thought - they rented a studio in London and recorded the song.

He said: "It started out as a bit of fun and then got a bit more serious and then we thought if you are going to take money off people you have to produce a professional job which I hope we've done."

Northern Ireland based charity Cancer Fund for Children will benefit from proceeds of the song.

And Northern Ireland fans will be able to learn it along with the other unofficial anthem which has enlisted the help of Cool Fm DJ Pete Snodden among others to record "On Our Way To France" which is set for release in the coming weeks.

Richard said he feels that it's a case of "the more the merrier" when it comes to the number of songs for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

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