Day: April 5, 2012

Meet The Continental Star

Writer and photographer David Bauckham has been on his travels again, this time to the West Midlands to meet the Caribbean team Continental Star, a football club that is also registered as Charity and works as a social enterprise. You can see more of David’s photography here, and you can follow him on Twitter by clicking here. When one follows non-League football it’s quite common to encounter clubs with unusual names and to be sufficiently intrigued to want to find out more. However, it’s even more intriguing to search for a club website and be greeted by the sound of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Thus began my interest in Continental Star. Marley may be gone now, both literally and from the website, but the club continues to thrive in its own quite unique way. Continental Star FC was formed on Villa Road in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1973 as Villa Star FC but within two years however, the name was changed to reflect the demographic of its players, drawn from throughout the Caribbean islands. It is however, much more than a football club and indeed, General Manager Lincoln Moses who first arrived as a player in 1979 and was subsequently Secretary and Manager, suggests that ‘Family Club’ is in fact more representative of the initials F and C. In 2009 Moses was awarded the MBE in recognition of his...

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A Bird’s Eye View: The BBC Tackles Sexism In Football

The wry announcement beforehand ‘so *is* there sexism in football?’ wasn’t a great start was it? Neither was scheduling it for 10.45pm, tucked away after the lottery draw. Okay, so it was never going to be telling us anything new but BBC1’s ‘Sexism in Football?’ documentary was at times refreshingly honest, even if as Anna Kessel pointed out the ‘?’ wasn’t really needed. Any women working in football has a story of being asked to make the tea, explain the offside rule or point out which player they fancy but nevertheless Vicky Kloss’s description of being barred from the tunnel was still shocking to me, perhaps because I cover non-league football, where there are fewer security guards with superiority complexes and sometimes no actual tunnel to speak of. Hearing some of the top women in the game talk about their experiences, experiences which were startlingly similar to some of mine at the other end of the pyramid was great but it would have been nice to hear from women at all levels of the game. What about the female physios who endure the jeers from fans? What about Caroline Barker from the non-league show? And where were the fans who now make up a quarter of all crowds and a third of those watching at home? I have had managers refuse to tell me who new players are during...

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