Leeds United fans have cried foul after club anthem Marching On Together was cheekily hijacked by American baseball supporters.
Followers of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Twins have put their own version of the famous old song on YouTube.
In it, they replace the original’s line of ‘Leeds, Leeds, Leeds’ with ‘Twins, Twins, Twins’.
Its exhilarating opening blast of ‘Here we go with Leeds United’ has also been changed to ‘Here we go with Minnesota’.
A message posted online by Twins fans says they decided to adopt the anthem as they thought it was “awesome and rousing”.
They also point out that “imitation is the highest form of flattery”.
But some United supporters haven’t taken too kindly to the song’s transatlantic musical makeover.
One, John Sykes, tweeted: “I strongly object to the theft of this Leeds United anthem.” Another, Kevin Kennings, said: “Someone should sue them – that’s what any American would do were the tables turned.”
Their complaints were backed today by Marching On Together co-writer Les Reed, although he ruled out the possibility of taking legal action.
Les said: “I sympathise with Leeds United fans, who have always regarded the song as sacrosanct to their club.
“[But] even if another artist covers a song, this is not illegal.”
Barry Mason, the wordsmith who collaborated with Les on the original, said: “The Americans are cheeky nicking our song, but it is very flattering too that it is being enjoyed by a new generation of fans.”
Marching On Together was originally known as Leeds! Leeds! Leeds! and was the B-side to United’s 1972 FA Cup final single. It was released as an A-side in 1992 with the help of Ian De-Whytell, boss of Leeds music store Crash Records.
The song made it into the top 50, despite only being available in Yorkshire record shops and the United club store.
It was re-released in 2010 to celebrate United’s promotion to the Championship and reached number 10 in the charts.
Les Reed and Barry Mason were responsible for big hits of the 1960s such as Delilah and The Last Waltz.