Football And Remembrance


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. Pete Green says:

    This is excellent. Brilliantly incisive. Thanks, Gavin. Someone needed to say it.

  2. Personally, I do wear a poppy but, nobody should be forced to wear one and that’s why this post is so incisive. Spot on.

  3. AdamR says:

    I know nothing about Airdrie and any alleged Nazi supporters. But which club doesn’t have idiots?

    I feel that Airdrie have doen the right thing here and I would expect any programme editor to be mortified at this sort of mistake.

    Whilst what you say may be right in principle, it’s nevertheless naive to equate German and British soldiers when they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Not least because there must still be plenty of septuagenarians who have been forced to grow up without a father whom they knew.

    I’m not saying this wasn’t also a tragedy for German families or that there ought not to be an implicit equivalence between soldiers on both sides, but to make it explicit in this way would be crass in the extreme if it had not happened by mistake.

  4. Gavin says:

    All clubs have their idiots but Airdrie have a certain reputation. No reflection on the club of course, but if you could have picked someone for it to happen to ….

    As far as the substantive issue goes, I sort of see the point and sort of don’t. The picture certainly becomes incongruous when it has the slogan “Supporting Our Heroes” imposed on it, but for me that highlights the shortcomings of the slogan (and the thought behind it) more than of the choice of picture.

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