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But we should accept that political acts, regardless of party concerns are, and will always be, part of the fabric of St James’ cancer. All these causes or acts are to a greater or lesser extent political, or triggered by a specific political act or policy. Should local politicians comment about our glorious Squire Ashley’s attempt to rename the ground? We accepted all of these actions, even if some grew restive with the 17th minute’s applause, or privately question the presence of the military, or the food bank collectors. Opinion is totally fine of course. But we should accept that political acts, regardless of party concerns are, and will always be, part of the fabric of St James’. Now for sexuallity. Those with longer memories will remember Justin Fashanu playing for us in a match at Peterborough. Fashanu was the first footballer to be openly gay. Many will remember he hung himself over an alleged offence with a minor. I also remember our section backed him and (if my fading memory serves) sang “sign him up”. It’s worth remembering Fashanu was hounded by the likes of Brian Clough www.true-faith.co.uk

for his sexuality. That may have been “back then” but if there are no gay footballers currently prepared to come out in the top flights of our game in 2017 have a gander here then I’d suggest that seeing LGBT concerns as an irrelevant part of our match day experience hides a darker issue. One other thing. If (heaven forbid) there should be no LGBT flag (50 years after the law change, remember) then we should openly call for betting companies stop using women’s bodies as online betting bait. After all; if a lass wearing a bikini in an ad tempting you to bet on the match isn’t a direct invitation to engage your sexuality with football, then what is? Or is that, somehow, “different”?

excuse the metaphor.) I’d wager most of these who feel someone up are those who dig the “bants” (and post irritating fishing rod or laughing smiley emojis when someone questions them, or mawkish pics of Sir Bob in heaven with Pav). Maybe we need some intimidating types to feel them up and then sneer and tell them to get over it if they feel threatened. Or maybe just ban the feelers up. Rightly, no one would countenance the racism we regularly saw in the ‘70s-80s at the match nowadays. No-one should care if we have a rainbow

flag (and yes; go and make a hetero flag, why not?). And no-one should accept our fellow fans suffer sexual harassment or violence at the match, in OUR ground. We can’t cherry pick the moral high ground. Musique You may be wondering where have all the music links gone. Well, I’m happy to announce that the good people at true faith have given me a column over on the website dedicated to my sad profession. I’ll tell you about my favourite music scenes and you run away screaming. Deal?

Worse, and related, talking of lasses. Last season I remember reading on some social media accounts connected with true faith that women Mags experienced harassment at the match. This really is indefensible IMHO. Lad/ Banter culture has got to grow a pair. (If you’ll tf 47

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...

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Newcastle United back in the Premier League with Rafa Benitez serenely assembling his squad for the new challenges and receiving every possi...