In response to the clamour on his Facebook page, Johnny Marr has posted, simply, “The rumour of The Smiths reunion is untrue. It’s not happening.”

Joyce, who is now a Manchester-based radio presenter, has said: ““When I first heard about it I was… to say surprised and rather shocked was a bit of an understatement.

“It’s not happening folks, as far as I know – which could be a god thing.”

Despite their denial, with the Stone Roses, the Mondays and countless others reforming it can only be a matter of time. 

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