Never mind score, this was a big win

York Press: Paul Keenan of Benenden Health holds a T-shirt marking Saturday’s game  with players Michael Coulson, left, and Dave McGurk Paul Keenan of Benenden Health holds a T-shirt marking Saturday’s game with players Michael Coulson, left, and Dave McGurk

YORK City Football Club’s support of York Pride 2013 led to the club receiving some negative and abusive correspondence.

Their response? At the launch of York Pride 2014, they dedicated Saturday’s game to Football v Homophobia and gave 100 tickets to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans) community.

Being York born and bred, if I were to support a football team it would be York City, although I had never been to a game until last weekend. I joined fans young and old, gay and straight, longstanding and new. I saw several positive displays of support from the club, which were well received by the crowd.

The whole environment felt inclusive, and the game was thoroughly enjoyable. Seeing friends, colleagues, and fellow members of LGBT groups share in this enjoyment, many of whom would never attend a football match, made this game extra special. I, along with many others, absolutely now call myself a York City Football Club Fan.

The result? 0-0 draw. As a newcomer to the beautiful game, I probably won’t do justice to any post-match analysis. That being said, while York City didn’t win on the pitch today, they have won much more in their fight against homophobia.

Simon Rodgers, Bishopfields Drive, Leeman Road, York.

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12:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Fat Harry says...

Well said.
Well said. Fat Harry
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

CHISSY1 says...

Beautiful game,you must be joking,you will be saying next that chimp Rooney is worth £300,000 a week wages.
Beautiful game,you must be joking,you will be saying next that chimp Rooney is worth £300,000 a week wages. CHISSY1
  • Score: -3

9:22am Wed 26 Feb 14

Ichabod76 says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Beautiful game,you must be joking,you will be saying next that chimp Rooney is worth £300,000 a week wages.
Never mind CHISSY1 if you were any good at anything other than moaning you could also earn a lot of money !

Well done to York City
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: Beautiful game,you must be joking,you will be saying next that chimp Rooney is worth £300,000 a week wages.[/p][/quote]Never mind CHISSY1 if you were any good at anything other than moaning you could also earn a lot of money ! Well done to York City Ichabod76
  • Score: 4

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