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Football: Elgar fans want to see Wolves in their pomp.

A century ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers could boast Sir Edward Elgar as their most famous fan.

These days at Molineux, having rejected the now adulterated strains of The Liquidator by the Harry J All Stars as their pre-match anthem, the place bounces instead on big match days to Ring of Fire by Dario G, a tune which has taken up in increasing numbers by the Wolves' fans on their march to the play-offs.

But there is still out there an imaginative group of fans who would love to see games at Molineux played out with a bit more pomp and circumstance.

Those behind the Reclaiming Elgar banner, a campaign funded by the Arts Council and run by various local musical concerns, are hoping that the Wolves-supporting Elgar might become better appreciated in the 21st century.

Elgar even got to the old Wembley Stadium before Wolves when he conducted at the 1924 empire exhibition. His music still lives on at most English football grounds in the form of various colourful renditions of his most famous piece, his Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 - popularly known as Land of Hope and Glory.

But those at Reclaiming Elgar are optimistically hoping that Wolves might claim promotion in time to mark the 150th anniversary of Sir Edward's birth on June 2.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 12, 2007
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