Date:Tuesday September 4 2012
In a few days Chesterfield will be enjoying an England international game in their new stadium. Why not? Obviously, not full International games but, start with U18`s and I think move up to u21`s. Now you`re talking! See some good names at that level. The stars of tomorrow in North Derbyshire!
Now think how the FA have approached, quite rightly racism in the game. A major figure has faced the court charged with verbally abusing a fellow professional in racist terms.
We have now had immense publicity that has surrounded Rotherham Utd`s journey from near extinction to this magnificent stadium in just a few short years. At the helm is a man that has behaved in a very professional and ambitious manner. A Sheffielder who seems to have taken to Rotherham, firstly with his business in the community and then with the football club. In addition I have no doubt that he`s put his hand in his pocket to fund some of this!
Maybe in his longer term plans he believes that he can bring International football to South Yorkshire yet, in our second game at home we`ve had racism allegations levelled against us and investigations may go on at various levels. If that scuppers any ambition on the football field, we all suffer. In effect progress is stopped by caveman attitudes to the opposition. How will Tony Stewart feel about such high profile adverse publicity? Does he need it?
I would seriously love this football club to get a reputation for giving the opposition a very warm welcome to players and supporters, making it as uncomfortable as possible on the field and then sharing a beer and chat after the game. It happens in other sports, why not football and starting here, now!
Sing songs, be witty but don`t revert to idiocy. As the header says, "Nothing to do with us, mate" but really it has. You never know how it may affect you, the club and the games you want to watch.
Date:Tuesday September 4 2012
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