Day: October 7, 2011

Hillsborough Disaster Second Day News Reports – A YouTube Video Review

What can we learn about the Hillsborough disaster from contemporary media reporting of it? Mike Bayly finds out. Like Jimmy McGovern’s Hillsborough dramatisation in 1996, the decision to debate the release of key cabinet files relating to the Hillsborough Disaster in the House of Commons later this month has sparked new interest in one of football’s most tragic legacies. For the families and friends of those who perished on that terrible day, it offers fresh hope of a long overdue transparency; for the general public, a chance to revisit and reevaluate on one of the most misrepresented days in sporting history. Given the breadth of information available in the public domain, it is disturbing how much ignorance still surrounds the tragedy. The myths and propaganda perpetuated at the time still shape much of contemporary public opinion, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As AA Milne once said, “it is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before” Some of the starkest and most powerful reminders of the day can be found on the internet, specifically video sharing sites such as YouTube. Although much can be conveyed by the written word, there is something particularly emotive – one might say even voyeuristic – about seeing footage of the events unfold. There are literally hundreds of...

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Learning to Beat Swords Into Plowshares Takes Time

An odd thing happened to the prediction that Celtic would break the GI Joe kung-fu grip Rangers have had on the Scottish Premier League trophy the past three years. Quite simply, it appears to have been rather hastily determined based on deceptive appearances alone, or perhaps a notable disappearance from Ibrox. With Ally McCoist taking charge after Walter Smith’s retirement, it was generally presumed Super Ally would not be up for managing retention of the title for a fourth consecutive season and that Neil Lennon would be able to add his first SPL title to the Scottish Cup Celtic managed last season. Some pre-season prognostications went so far as to calculate Celtic finishing ten points clear of Rangers by the end of things, as unfavorable money matters were to prevent Rangers from strengthening their squad and concerns over McCoist’s ability to successfully manage without the guidance of Smith were cited for giving Celtic the edge. Instead, by the first week of October, it is Celtic that sits ten points behind Gers, already with a loss in the Old Firm derby, and questions being raised about whether Neil Lennon is cut out for managing Hoops. While the merit of this view appears debatable only ten matches into the season and with Celtic having two games in hand to make up the points, it was Lennon who even brought it up...

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Ferguson Weeps, St. John Snarls, and Hutchison With The Header: BBC Sportsound Replay

Building up to this week’s final round of group qualifying fixtures for the 2012 European Championships, BBC Radio Scotland has produced short audio pastiches daily on their Sportsound programme featuring new interviews with former Scottish national team players along with rebroadcasting some audio caught in the moment after some big matches. Should you care to listen, they have been packaged in a downloadable podcast format here, but if you are only interested in these segments, skip forward closer to the end of each programme to avoid hearing about the load of waffle over Garry O’Connor’s two match ban for diving being rescinded and other daily SPL news bits. There you will find rather blunt words from former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, who between the tears, expresses sincere regret over the actions which led to his dismissal from the national squad, why he never came back once Craig Levein hinted he might be allowed to return, and whether he thinks Walter Smith is a cuddly old man. There is also a stroll down memory lane with former Motherwell and Liverpool striker Ian St. John as he discusses his playing days under legendary manager Bill Shankly as well as his rather uncomfortable relationship with the Scottish Football Association and his time with the national squad. While Ferguson discussed his regrets over no longer playing before the Tartan Army, St. John...

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