Margaret Thatcher, Football & Hagiography

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    There should be no minute’s silence for Thatcher.

    The perfect protest would be for all football supporters in all grounds to sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, show unity amongst all football supporters, and support for the Justice for the 96 campaign.

    It seems to me that she created the current culture within football of pricing out the working class supporters. The ones who are presupposed to be the “hooligans”. But, within the context of history, those who were hooligans, were the ones whose lives were effectively neutered under Thatcher. Working class men and women needed an outlet for their frustrations, and unfortunately football became that vent.

    Unfortunately, there is very little written on the socio-economic/political ramifications of Thatcherism within the context of football. There are enough stories within football itself, to write extensively on the socio-economic/political reflections of the culture at the time. And there needs to be a seriously scathing look at it. Not just at the supporters, but at how it is used as a divisive tool by those in power.

  2. mike says:

    Let there be no minute’s silence on Saturday or on any other day. One feels a certain sympathy with the family of the deceased – as one would for any bereaved family – but no more than that.

  3. Ron Ipstone says:

    I agree. I do not think that the Iron Lady, either during her life or after her death, would want a minute of silence from football supporters.A more fitting tribute is for every football forum to have an article or a thread regarding her achievements.

    Well done 200%

  4. G-Po says:

    Did Messrs Whelan and Madejski not see Osborne at the Paralympics?

  5. SM says:

    Recently at my club, the officials, players and supporters were asked to give a minutes silence for a player ‘mum’.

    Now while I do indeed sympathize with his loss, I do not see what this has to do with my club, and why I have to ‘pay my respects’ too someone I never knew or had anything to do with football or my club. So I chose NOT to stand, harsh, but true.

    I would only pay my respects or, better still, a minutes applause like we did for Brian Clough, if it was a ‘football family’ related matter. Whatever your thoughts of the man, you felt he was one of us and you wanted to recognize and honor that.

    Mrs. Thatcher was a politician. She was a very successful Prime Minister and worked to turned this country around. She reacted to problems in society the only way she knew. Those problems were not of her making. As for being ‘tarred and feathered’, does not the introduction of CCTV, both inside the ground and outside make you feel like a potential criminal ?

    Hillsborough was a shameful episode in our history. But you can look at many times throughout this island past of were the establishment have closed-ranks on us when they felt it necessary.

    Mercifully, going to football matches, well for me at least, is a pleasant affair. I do not want to be, or have anyone for that matter to suffer the same fate as those previously mentioned. I want to go to watch the beautiful game, and come return home afterwards.

    ‘If’ Thatcher’s government in someway helped to achieved that, then I say they then achieved something.

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