This adorable video shows how a young rugby league fan gave the lead singer of Erasure a run for his money – by singing along with the lyrics to his team’s anthem.
Cute Charlie Worley, 3, belted out Hull Kingston Rover’s unofficial theme song ‘A Little Respect’ while travelling to the team’s first Super League game of the season against Castleford Tigers on Saturday (Feb 7).
Rovers-mad Charlie – who attended his first Hull KR game aged just 10 days old – has learnt all the words to the song which singer Andy Bell performed before the match.
Doting dad Richard, 41, who admits his son is “obsessed” with the Robins, said: “He is a little character.
“He is a fanatical Rovers fan, and he absolutely loves (Hull KR player) Josh Mantellato.
“Charlie went to his first game at ten days old – and now he is well known at the club, shall we say.
“You want to see him around the players. He just goes and introduces himself and can’t understand why he’s not centre of attention.”
Eighties legend Bell was invited to the KC Lightstream Stadium after fans adopted the A Little Respect anthem during last season’s Challenge Cup final run which ended in a Wembley defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
A viral video of thousands of supporters singing along to the track after the semi-final victory over Warrington persuaded the club and Bell to collaborate on a cup final charity single.
Charlie’s mum Sally Wride, 40, an office worker, added: “I’m a bit bemused by how many thousands of people have seen this video – I just laughed at my husband when he told me.
“Charlie’s a bit of character – everyone comes up to him and gives him a hug.
“All the players know him as well and tell me how cute Charlie is. He loves to rugby tackle them to get their attention.”
The mother-of-one added: “The club won’t let him be a mascot yet because he’s too young – but one day I am sure one day that will happen.”
Charlie has become such a personality at the games after his dad Richard made the players pose for pictures with a two-week-old baby Charlie – and even took him to France to watch the Robins in action against Catalan Dragons when he was only months old.
Mr Worley, of Hornsey, East Yorks., said Charlie was also singing his heart out as Bell performed before the match.
He added: “Charlie loved it – he was singing along at the top of his voice.
“It was also nice for Andy to recognise Charlie’s song on Twitter too. It means a lot to Charlie because he’s always wanting to be centre of attention – and now he really is.”
Charlie gets his passion for Hull KR from his dad Richard who is also a huge fan, as was his late father, whose ashes were scattered at Craven Park, now known as the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Mr Worley, who said his son rarely misses a game – just like his dad, said: “He has been all over the country supporting them. Obviously he has been to Wembley with Rovers in the semi-final.”
“He is quite well known with the players now.
“He likes to go and get photographs with them, mainly Josh Mantellato. He is obsessed with the bloke.
“The only ones he doesn’t really go to is Friday night away games, but he does go to some of them.
“He should really be in bed.”
The season opener against Castleford on Saturday ended in a 16-16 draw after Hull KR pulled level with a last-gasp try and conversion.