Legendary Newport noisemakers Flyscreen are to re-record their 1996 football anthem ‘Carl Zeiss Jena’, in celebration of two sporting milestones.

The song, first released on the band’s ‘Size Five Leather’ EP, tells the story of Newport County’s 1981 journey into European football. The Welsh side reached the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, only to be narrowly beaten over two legs by Jena.

Flyscreen’s tune became a cult hit with supporters of both teams. Back in the ’90s it was regularly played at J

Flyscreen back in the game…

ena’s ground before games, and Newport included it on a tribute CD.

But now that the County has finally made it back into the football league after a 25-year absence – in the year that Jena celebrates its 11oth anniversary – an updated version has been penned by Flyscreen singer, Paul Karter.

The new ‘Carl Zeiss Jena’ is being produced by Richard Jackson (The Automatic, 60ft Dolls, Mclusky) and recorded in both Newport and San Francisco (where drummer Tony Corten now lives).

It will be released in late June through iTunes, in time for Newport’s upcoming friendly against Jena in July – a full 32 years on from that original game.

Andy Barding

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