WITH Saints set to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final in two days time, the Daily Echo takes a look back at when the squad recorded a song during their FA Cup run in 1984.

Lawrie McMenemy’s cup-fighting team put the club anthem “When the Saints Go Marching In” to a disco beat and the bouncy rendition went on sale on March 25, 1984.

Backed by a talented local group of musician - Milton Rhodes and the Archers - Saints were in good voice when they taped the ditty at Frett Music Studios, Shirley.

The flipside was an instrumental version and the disc came in a glossy package of Saints in match-day action.

There was an initial press of 5,000 copies which were distributed between the Saints Shop, Sperrings, Newsmarkets and Henry’s Records in Southampton.

If Saints were to go all the way to Wembley, it was hoped the disc would challenge for a top 40 slot. Unfortunately for the players, fans and record sales they narrowly missed out after a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Highbury during extra time on April 14, 1984.