Linfield initiative to tackle the bigots

Linfield have launched a new anti-sectarian campaign to rid the stands of sectarian chanting and encourage families to games. With the slogan “Support ALL our players,” the club are highlighting the fact that Linfield’s players come from all backgrounds across the island and beyond. This is another initiative launched by the successful Belfast club which deserves credit for making a real effort to shed the image it has long had amongst the nationalist community. Last year, the club welcomed St. Mary’s college’s Camogie team to the Windsor Park ground to hold a training session, and the club has for many years been involved in a cross-border project with Dundalk FC.

  • Realist

    “You only have to ask Robert Casey (former Newry player) about how the signing policy is determined at Windsor”

    Why don’t you tell us Sammy, seeing as Mr Casey is not here?

    How would you explain the fact that the Linfield team is one of the most mixed teams in Ireland?

    In fact, that applies throughout the teams, including ladies team, at Linfield.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    Can I point out that the comments posted under the following user names;

    The Fitz, Solitudarian, Mr Parker, An Fear Dearg, Nesbitt_1886,Original Dundonald Glenman plus a few others,

    have been made by others in an attempt to pervert this topic. These are user names of regular posters on Irish League Forums and I am sure that the views expressed are not, nor would be theirs.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Why don’t you tell us Sammy, seeing as Mr Casey is not here?”

    Given that the moderators would not want personal details put on these pages I will be brief and simply tell you to as David Jeffrey and ask him also for what reason did his officials scupper the deal.

    “How would you explain the fact that the Linfield team is one of the most mixed teams in Ireland?”

    Window Dressing forced upon them by sponsors withdrawing their support and fair employment legislation. As I said, when the hierarchy at Windsor, indeed even the club membership, includes Catholics then come and tell us about being the most mixed club.

  • Realist

    “Window Dressing forced upon them by sponsors withdrawing their support and fair employment legislation”

    What sponsors?

    “As I said, when the hierarchy at Windsor, indeed even the club membership, includes Catholics then come and tell us about being the most mixed club”

    This from a Glentoran fan?

    Deary me.

    The “True Blues” initiative is concerned solely with trying to eradicate sectarian and racist chanting from the stands at Linfield games.

    It has the full support of all the staff at Windsor Park.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “The “True Blues” initiative is concerned solely with trying to eradicate sectarian and racist chanting from the stands at Linfield games.”

    As you say “solely concerned” which confirms my thoughts on window dressing and the non-attempt to really tackle the issue.

    And as for “What sponsors” how many seasons did you not have a shirt sponsor? Thorn EMI ring any bells? Why was that? The mighty blues with no sponsor?

  • Realist

    “As you say “solely concerned” which confirms my thoughts on window dressing and the non-attempt to really tackle the issue”

    Sammy McQ,

    What do you mean by “really tackle the issue”?

    The issue is sectarian and racist chanting, and it will be really tackled.

    Linfield Football Club are delighted with their current sponsorship arrangements.

  • Mr Parker

    Could I please just add that we at Cliftonville have
    no Sectarian trouble at Solitude what-so-ever.

  • Pat Fenlon Loyal

    You seem awfully confused Mr Parker!

    Some bizarre and rather disturbing comments you’ve contributed so far.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “What do you mean by “really tackle the issue”? ”

    As I said before, what steps have Linfield taken to address the non catholic representation in the membership or hierarchy at Windsor?

    “Linfield Football Club are delighted with their current sponsorship arrangements.”

    I’m sure you are but that was not the point under debate. You had asked me about the sponsors and I pointed out where pressure from them was brought to bear on Linfield. I note that you do not deny this point.

  • Sin

    Got bored after page 3. Maybe some of those who claim Linfield where anti catholic would care to comment on one Linfields greatest players, a man who served the club for many years after he stopped playing and his memory still lives on by having a room named after him. Yes Gerry Morgan was a catholic. maybe we should also ook into the death threat and atempt to kidnap him on his way to the Irish Cup Final at the Oval in 1922.
    What about the reaction of other fans when we signed two players from Africa, one a catholic the other a Muslim. Both are seen by fans of the club as legends, no mean feat to achive at a club like Linfield in one season. Every time Linfield played Glentoran there was a shortge of bananas in east belfast, unless of course you where on the pitch, could aslo mention the prats who tgurned to one game dressed in the style of the KKK.
    Well done to everyone at Linfield remember Fortune Favours the Brave.

  • Realist

    Sammy Q,

    “As I said before, what steps have Linfield taken to address the non catholic representation in the membership or hierarchy at Windsor?”

    What steps should they take?

    “You had asked me about the sponsors and I pointed out where pressure from them was brought to bear on Linfield. I note that you do not deny this point”

    Whatever the past, the Club is looking to the future.

    Fortune Favours the Brave.

  • Blue Forever

    “As I said before, what steps have Linfield taken to address the non catholic representation in the membership or hierarchy at Windsor?”

    Hmmm, the True Blues initiative is trying to attract all religons to come and support Linfield. It takes time before you can become a member and even longer to be voted on to the Management Committee.

  • darth rumsfeld

    Without wanting to be too pedantic about things Linfield’s trainer into the late 1960s was Gerry Morgan, and the first RC player of the modern era was Chris Someone (can’t remember who he was- but he was rubbish-a Cliftonville fringe player)in the mid 1990s. So that’s less than 30 years of alleged discrimination- and several players were approached in that time and understandably didn’t want to sign. So no 50 years of Unionist misrule there then.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “What steps should they take?”

    For a start remove all politics from your club and withdraw previous statements made by your club.

  • Blue Forever

    Darth, it was Chris Cullen. And of course you are correct when you say that players were approached but wouldnt come as they were afraid of the reaction from people within their own community.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Hmmm, the True Blues initiative is trying to attract all religons to come and support Linfield. .”

    That’s not what Realist has told us.

    “The “True Blues” initiative is concerned solely with trying to eradicate sectarian and racist chanting from the stands at Linfield games.”

  • Blue Forever

    “For a start remove all politics from your club and withdraw previous statements made by your club.”

    What politics and what statements???

  • Realist

    “That’s not what Realist has told us.

    “The “True Blues” initiative is concerned solely with trying to eradicate sectarian and racist chanting from the stands at Linfield games.”

    That is correct Sammy McQ.

    A benefit of that should be that the Club attracts more supporters to Windsor Park – their religion is irrelevent.

    Please enlighten us about these “statements” you refer to.

  • An Fear Dearg (Irish League Forums)

    As the (real) ‘Mr Parker’ from Irish League forums mentioned a few pages back it seems some of our Linfield friends have been having some fun with the Irish League Forums usernames of some Cliftonville fans (even if they couldn’t spell ‘SolitudINarian’ correctly…)

    As a Reds fan I welcome the ‘True Blues’ initiative unreservedly. When you consider that it’s less than 15 years since the then Linfield Chairman, David Campbell, publicly boasted that Linfield were a club with a “British and unionist ethos” (the only IL club ever to publicly state such a political link) it’s remarkable to think that we’ve now reached the point where Linfield now officially state that they “…REPRESENT all communities here” in the North, from conservative, born-again Christian unionists to socialist, atheistic republicans.

    And to think that it’s only 8 years ago since the current Linfield manager was captured in glorious technicolour by UTV cameras at Windsor Park singing a song which, if he were to sing it now, would lead to him being “ejected from the ground, arrested and prosecuted”. Progress indeed. 🙂

  • ILoveNakedWrestling

    May I have your attention please?
    Will the real Mr Parker please stand up?
    I repeat, will the real Mr Parker please stand up?
    We’re gonna have a problem here..

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “A benefit of that should be that the Club attracts more supporters to Windsor Park – their religion is irrelevent.”

    But not the stated aim. I was you who used the term “solely.”

    “Please enlighten us about these “statements” you refer to.”

    Our friend from Irish League Forums has saved me the bother.

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    You can read all about the purpose, aims and objects of the “True Blues” initiative here:

    http://www.linfieldfc.com/truebluesindex.asp

    “Our friend from Irish League Forums has saved me the bother”

    The statement referred to was made nearly 15 years ago.

    Time to move on.

  • The ‘real’ Mr Parker

    ‘As the (real) ‘Mr Parker’ from Irish League forums mentioned a few pages back it seems some of our Linfield friends have been having some fun with the Irish League Forums usernames of some Cliftonville fans (even if they couldn’t spell ‘SolitudINarian’ correctly…)’

    Thanks AFD. You are the greatest.

  • An Fear Dearg (Irish League Forums)

    No problem P

    xoxox

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “The statement referred to was made nearly 15 years ago.”

    Will Linfield be retracting it as part of their “great leap forward”???

    “Time to move on.”

    The rest of us have, Linfield are just playing catch up!

  • sin

    A certain Tony Coyle was black catholic who played for Linfield in the late 80’s so even less time. also linfield are the only club in the league I believe to have had a muslim player?

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    “Will Linfield be retracting it as part of their “great leap forward”???”

    I think more recent statements, such as those I have referred you to, answer that question.

    “The rest of us have, Linfield are just playing catch up!”

    That more or may not be the case.

    Of course, the primary aim of Linfield Football Club is to play football and win trophies.

    The rest certainly have some catching up to do on that front.

  • An Fear Dearg

    Sin, the player you’re thinking of was ‘Tony’ Coly from Senegal.

  • An Fear Dearg

    Folks. We all will just have to accept that Mr Parker likes Naked Wrestling more than he likes me. It is very upsetting but I am sure I will cope.

    PS – Cliftonville are the greatest.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “I think more recent statements, such as those I have referred you to, answer that question.”

    Nothing in those refers to in any way your chairmans comments, directly or even indirectly. If I have missed where Linfield have stated that they have removed the “British and unionist ethos” from your club, I am sure you can provide a link.

  • Mr Parker

    As much as I like my naked wrestling with Sol and co, I always still prefer my ‘bit of rough’ with An Fear Dearg folks.

    PS – I’m the Greatest

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    http://www.linfieldfc.com/trueblues.asp?tbid=1635

    “Nothing in those refers to in any way your chairmans comments, directly or even indirectly”

    Former Chairman.

    Comments made nearly 15 years ago.

  • sin

    afg thanks noticed my error after I posted it.
    Back to the debate, it would seem that the general public get their knickers in a twist when linfield try to do the right thing. I remember the Sunday World taking great pride in a front page exclusive that the blues had signed a black catholic, I also remember how much joy the glens fans took at displying irish tri-colours with the legend ‘Linfield Celtic’on them.
    To be honest we are linfiled and we dont care. we are the team that wins trophies and the team everyone wants to beat, thats good enough for me.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Former Chairman”

    Not so. I think you will find that he is still your current Chairman. I would refer you to your clubs recent statements on the matter and indeed check your own website. Even if he was ‘former’at the time he was issuing a statement on behalf of your club, not himself.

    http://www.linfieldfc.com/personnel.asp

    “Comments made nearly 15 years ago”

    Not comments. It was a Linfield club statement. And until your club make a statement to the contrary that is your stated position. The link you provide does not address this in any way.

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    “Not so. I think you will find that he is still your current Chairman”

    Erm, the link you provide clearly shows that Mr David Campbell is not the current Chairman of Linfield Football Club.

    This statement was made by Linfield Football Club on 30th june this year.

    “Linfield Football Club is an equal opportunities club”

    “And until your club make a statement to the contrary that is your stated position”

    It has – see above.

    “The link you provide does not address this in any way”

    It does.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Back to the debate, it would seem that the general public get their knickers in a twist when linfield try to do the right thing.”

    Sin, I don’t believe that people are getting their knickers in a twist over it. I am certainly not. However, what we are seeing is it being spun out as is something it is not.

  • Realist

    “However, what we are seeing is it being spun out as is something it is not”

    Sammy McQ,

    There is no “spin” whatsoever.

    The “True Blues” initiative aims, over time, to do exactly what it’s stated aims and objectives are.

    Your obvious hatred of Linfield Football Club will not deflect from that work one iota.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Erm, the link you provide clearly shows that Mr David Campbell is not the current Chairman of Linfield Football Club.”

    ??? I quote from it….
    ——————————-
    President: William Weir

    Chairman: David Crawford

    Vice-Chairman: Peter Lunn

    Hon. Treasurer: Paul Weir

    Financial Director : Richard Johnson

    Hon. Secretary: Ivan Foster, MBE

    Secretary: Derek Brooks

    Club Doctor: Cameron Ramsey

    Team Manager: David Jeffrey

    Assistant Manager: Brian McLaughlin

    Coach: Alfie Wylie

    Sports Therapist MSST: Terry Hayes

    Trainer: Kenny McKeague

    Kit men: Gary Eccles & Andy Kerr MBE

    Groundsman: Gary Thompson

    Dunfield Co-ordinator: David Chisholm

    Linfield Chaplain: Rev. Bill Lavery

    Web Director: Richard Carroll
    ——————————————

    ““Linfield Football Club is an equal opportunities club” ”

    And? That in no way changes anything. Having a “British and unionist ethos” does not mean you can’t state an equal oportunities policy nor does it counter your clubs stated position.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Your obvious hatred of Linfield Football Club”

    Ah the good old ‘when nothing else will work’ line trotted out again.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “There is no “spin” whatsoever”

    I refer you to the opening post of this debate.

  • Realist

    Sammy mcQ,

    I do feel rather embarrassed for you.

    David Crawford is not David Campbell. Do keep up.

    “And?”

    …it has stated it’s position as an equal opportunities Club.

    “Having a “British and unionist ethos” does not mean you can’t state an equal oportunities policy nor does it counter your clubs stated position”

    The Club’s “stated position”in 2006 is that it is an equal opportunities Club.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    “Linfield have launched a new anti-sectarian campaign to rid the stands of sectarian chanting and encourage families to games.”

    Now we need similar initiatives to combat the republican bigots at Solitude who are so-called Cliftonville “fans”. I haven’t been to Suffolk yet for a Donegal Celtic-Coleraine match so can’t comment on their supporters, but I have been told they have a sectarian element, just like Linfield and Cliftonville, who feel politics and football go hand in hand. I am by no-means a wishy-washy liberal loyalist, but I know there is a time and a place for The Sash, Derry’s Walls and Billy Boys to be sang!

    I would just like to “blow our own trumpet” so to speak, in regards to the Mighty Bannsiders. In the past 5 years or so I have not once heard a song or chant that could be deemed as sectarian or racist, in the Railway End. Coleraine’s support would be 80% or more Protestant-Unionist-Loyalist, and although I have heard and contributed to songs like The Sash and the UDA song Orange Wings on supporters’ buses on the way home from Irish Cup and league away games, this was on the way home and not at the game, and after most of the bus had polished off 2 10-glass bottles of Buckfast, 15 beer or a litre of vodka each!

  • Realist

    “I refer you to the opening post of this debate”

    Sammy McQ,

    Sorry to burst that bubble.

    The author of the thread, Chris, would be a member of the nationalist/republican community.

    A somewhat unlikely spinner on behalf of Linfield Football Club, I would have thought.

    Does it surprise (perhaps disappoint?) you that nationalists/republicans can give Linfield Football Club some credit, where credit is due?

    Chris didn’t mention that Linfield players wore black armbands in Longford following the death of Pope John Paul II.

    I think the Catholic members of staff at Windsor appreciated that gesture fully.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    “republican ######”

    The word needlessly censored is b1gots…

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “A somewhat unlikely spinner on behalf of Linfield Football Club, I would have thought.”

    Did I say we was spinning on behalf of Linfield? Linfield don’t need any help on that score. Your reference to the Linfield players wearing black armbands in Longford following the death of Pope John Paul II, is a classic example. Following discussion with Longford & Setanta officials it was agreed that this was an easy away around the problem of a minutes silence which all parties feared would be disrupted by Linfield supporters.

    BTW, I presume you now agree that your Chairman is still Mr Crawford?

  • Realist

    “I haven’t been to Suffolk yet for a Donegal Celtic-Coleraine match so can’t comment on their supporters, but I have been told they have a sectarian element”

    CL,

    I watched DC play Killyleagh in the Steele & Sons Cup Final a couple of years ago.

    They had a decent following that day, which was completely devioid of any sectarianism. They were a credit to their Club.

    Bluemen I know have also visited DC grounds to watch Linfield Swifts play, and by all accounts they were treated very well.

    It remains to be seen whether or not a less savoury element will now attach themselves to “supporting” DC following their promotion to the IPL – I sincerely hope not.

    Cliftonville fans have also done a lot of hard work to eradicate sectarian chanting amongst their fanbase, and are to be commended totally for that.

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    “Your reference to the Linfield players wearing black armbands in Longford following the death of Pope John Paul II, is a classic example”

    Just simply stating a fact.

    “Following discussion with Longford & Setanta officials it was agreed that this was an easy away around the problem of a minutes silence which all parties feared would be disrupted by Linfield supporters”

    Err…Linfield players were not forced to wear the armbands. They agreed to, without reservation.

    “BTW, I presume you now agree that your Chairman is still Mr Crawford?”

    Well now, that’s another story. 🙂 Suffice to say, I hope he is.

    However, the comments made nearly 15 years ago were attributable to Mr David Campbell, not Mr Crawford.

    Keep up.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    wonder if certain linfield staff and players will stop drinking, recieve cheques and do prize givings in well known uvf uda bars and clubs? also will the club stop all ticket sales and merchandise to well known uvf uda murderers drug dealers etc etc?(I DONT THINK SO)

    Posted by gareth mccord on Aug 06, 2006 @ 06:19 PM

    Back up this unsubstantiated drivel with evidence…

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    For the record, I would like to point out that Mr David Crawford was instrumental in facilitating the “True Blues” initiative, which has the full backing of all officials at Linfield Football Club.

  • comeontheglens

    Re Gareth
    Very serious allegation which im sure you have evidence of

  • darth rumsfeld

    “I haven’t been to Suffolk yet for a Donegal Celtic-Coleraine match so can’t comment on their supporters, but I have been told they have a sectarian element”

    I was at the Linfield -Donegal celtic game many years ago, and I well remember that the DC support were extraordinarily late in getting into the ground. We later heard there was an IRA pipebomb attack on the RUC escort for the supporters and that there had been an inexplicable delay on Broadway by the supporters-to allow the attack to take place, a cynic might think.

    In fairness, I have incidentally been to Suffolk for an Irish Cup tie involving a country junior team with a crowd of about 200 and found that- as Linfield will confirm- whenever it’s small teams involved only genuine football fans turn up. There was no sectarianism on show from either side. But the social club was manky and the pints were rotten.

  • GPJ

    Darth

    I was at that Donegal celtic match, there was no bomb attack on the cops that day. There was an attack by a forty something Linfield fan on a player and the SS/RUC attacked the celtic fans in the ground.

    But I’m sure you’ll not cynically remember that>

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “Just simply stating a fact. ”

    As I have been 🙂

    “Linfield players were not forced to wear the armbands. They agreed to, without reservation”

    Who questioned that? Certainly not me. I pointed out why they were wearing armbands instead of conducting a minutes silence and how that was spun, evidence of the sucessful spinning is evident by your post.

    “Well now, that’s another story. 🙂 Suffice to say, I hope he is.”

    😉

    “However, the comments made nearly 15 years ago were attributable to Mr David Campbell, not Mr Crawford.”

    I see my error but the point remains on your stated club position.

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    “Who questioned that? Certainly not me. I pointed out why they were wearing armbands instead of conducting a minutes silence and how that was spun, evidence of the sucessful spinning is evident by your post”

    The spinning is coming from your goodself – it wasn’t a case of “you can have a minutes silence, or wear the armbands lads”.

    The decision to wear the armbands was one voluntarily taken by Linfield players.

    “I see my error”

    At last.

    “but the point remains on your stated club position”

    It doesn’t.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    “The spinning is coming from your goodself – it wasn’t a case of “you can have a minutes silence, or wear the armbands lads”. ”

    I agree it wasn’t. That choice was never given to the players as the decission had been taken by others not to have a silence for fear of disruption.

    “It doesn’t.”

    So Linfield no longer have a “British and Unionist ethos”? And previous statements made to that effect have been made null and void? You still have provided any evidence of this.

  • Sammy McQuiston

    Sorry that should have read

    “You still have not provided any evidence of this.”

  • T.Ruth

    Congratulations linfield on carrying the non sectarian message and trying to build for a better future.
    Hopefully we no longer have any teams in the Irish league that are all chosen from players of one religion.
    I would be surprised also if Windsor Park was rented out for a Loyalist Paramilitary Commemoration so lets give Linfield a break-they have been anxious at all levels for some decades to move away from any support for sectarianism.
    Dessie Gorman reckoned he was personally responsible for the peace process when he played for Linfield.
    T.Ruth

  • Realist

    Sammy McQ,

    “I agree it wasn’t. That choice was never given to the players as the decission had been taken by others not to have a silence for fear of disruption”

    That’s correct. It was not Linfield Football Club’s decision not to have the silence.

    “So Linfield no longer have a “British and Unionist ethos”?”

    Obviously not – whatever that is.

    “You still have not provided any evidence of this.”

    I have.

    You’re clutching at straws.

  • BarringtonBlue

    S McQ

    BTW, I presume you now agree that your Chairman is still Mr Crawford?

    Contradicting yourself, first you say it’s David Campbell, who passed away 2 years ago, now you agree and say it’s David Crawford.

    Why don’t you agree you just hate Linfield.

  • BarringtonBlue

    GPJ

    There was an attack by a forty something Linfield fan on a player

    Hmmm, Strange that, I seem to remember 1 person getting onto the pitch and trying to kick Brendan Tully.

    And it’s funny that DC have never had a home support of the numbers of their fans who visted Windsor that day.

  • GPJ

    Funny how they never banned the fan from the ground even though he was caught on camera and was known to the stewards?

    What about the attack on the DC fans by the cops that day? What justified that, sure someone would of been killed if the Blues hadn’t of won that day?

    Again though if Linfield are trying to consign the sectarianism/racism and sexism on the terraces, to the dustbin of history all the better.

  • BarringtonBlue

    GPJ,
    The person in question was arrested and banned from Windsor Park, he actually made an apology to Brendan Tully.
    As for the police action on the Kop, if the police had not taken action that day there would have been a full scale pitch invasion from the kop.

  • GPJ

    I have not seen that sort of police reaction when Glensmen and Bluemen clashed.

    How many plastic bullets fired then?

  • BarringtonBlue

    GPJ, believe me I’ve seen the cops beat the living daylights out of Linfield and Glentoran fans in the late 70’s to Mid 80’s on many occasions, there were even rubber/plastic bullets fired in Tates Avenue at Linfield fans after a Linfield/C’ville game in the early 80’s.

  • BarringtonBlue

    And by the way, I’ve been going to Linfield games home and away for nearly 35 years, so I’ve seen some trouble in my time.
    When I was young and foolish even took part in some, now I’m older and wiser and know that things need changed, I’ve given the TRUE BLUE initiative my 100% backing and will do all I can to help it succeed

  • BarringtonBlue

    GPJ,
    By the way, there was a bomb attack after the game on the army at the top of the Donegall Rd, most of the DC “fans” left early and missed the last 15 mins of the game and the bomb attack.
    Even though the game was delayed by about 15 mins.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “was at that Donegal celtic match, there was no bomb attack on the cops that day. There was an attack by a forty something Linfield fan on a player and the SS/RUC attacked the celtic fans in the ground.

    But I’m sure you’ll not cynically remember that>”

    Indeed I don’t, because the facts are different. Firstly the young thug-not a 40 year old man- who tried to kick Tully didn’t make contact, but Brendan’s football skills got him through the crisis by a superb dive and roll around the pitch. doesn’t excuse it,but it was shameful playing to the crowd- and in an atmosphere of violence it was highly irreponsible

    barrington is correct, in that the majority of the DC support suddenly left en masse , when 2-1 down, not drifting off in groups as usually happens-a sceptic might speculate that this coordination was so that the bomb attack could take place on the RUC escort.

    And perhaps you forget the DC fans climbing up the floodlights and throwing misiles at the police as the hors d’oeuvre of the worst rioting seen in Irish football for decades? Lives would have been lost if the police hads not gone in

  • seanniee

    Do Linfield have supporters?.Maybe Juventus fans
    will now join up since they have been relegated from Seria A.

  • willowfield

    GPJ

    You’re the guy who tried to claim that Linfield and/or the IFA decided that all home games between Cliftonville and Linfield should be played at Windsor Park, and then, when you were advised that this was actually a police decision, didn’t have the integrity to admit that you were wrong.

    Regarding the police attacking the DC fans at Windsor Park many years ago: it was actually the other way round, as I recall.

  • Realist

    HANNA WELCOMES ANTI-SECTARIAN INITIATIVE OF LINFIELD FOOTBALL CLUB

    Statement by Carmel Hanna MLA (SDLP-South Belfast) and Councillor for Balmoral:

    “As a South Belfast elected representative, and as someone who has never set foot in Windsor Park, I sincerely welcome the launch by Linfield Football Club of the “True Blues” anti-sectarianism campaign. I wish the initiative every success. I understand that the primary aim of the campaign is to make Irish League football games played at Windsor Park more family-friendly and to allow spectators to enjoy games without hearing offensive sectarian chanting.

    Any initiatives which aim to confront neutralise and banish words which inflame, incite and divide and actions which foster domination, discord, demonisation and division will have my support and the that of my party, the SDLP.

    Sport can have a tremendous binding effect in our society and I am aware that Linfield, under its manager, David Jeffrey, is indisputably the leading team in Northern Ireland (having won all trophies competed for in NI last season) and over the past few years either the best or second best soccer team on the whole island.

    Our experience over the past thirty five years is that legislation outlawing discriminatory behaviour has an effect of attitudes and I welcome the fact that Linfield has said that from now on anyone caught making racist or sectarian comments could be arrested, prosecuted and banned.

    All of us have the duty to review our past attitudes and behaviour and it is incumbent to welcome in a spirit of generosity any steps which will lead to a more open, tolerant, humane and pluralist society.

    If we are honest about our past attitudes and behaviour, few if any of us in this sadly-divided society are without fault.”

    ENDS

  • Linfield fan and South Belfast constituent

    As South Belfast MLA Carmel Hanna supports True Blues, I would call for the South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell to make a statement on this matter.

  • ha_ha_ha

    So good at pointing the finger Gareth aren’t u?!?! Bet dear old daddy taught u that!!