“This act would effectively constitute a sexual assault and these types of searches are unlawful. If deemed necessary, although we cannot see how feeling an underwire in a bra could be deemed so unless acting on previous intelligence, then any fans in question should have been taken to a private area of the ground to be searched by a female steward rather than being searched in full view of male stewards, fans and police. … [Read more...] about Female football fans ‘forced to show their bras’ to get into match at Stevenage FC
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The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. … [Read more...] about Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: ‘Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley’
Manchester United On the night of March 11 1941 the Luftwaffe raid on Trafford Park, following up its devastating attack on the city and the Metropolitan-Vickers aircraft factory three months earlier, struck Old Trafford for the second time, demolishing the stands and destroying the pitch. The War Damage Commission released funds to repair the stadium only in 1948 so for the first three years of post-war football, Manchester United played their home games at Maine Road. They were Division One runners-up in each of their three seasons in Moss Side and won the FA Cup in 1947-48. United hold the record for attracting the highest ever attendance for a league match to Maine Road when 83,260 people watched them take on Arsenal (the eventual title winners) in January 1948. City still hold the ground record – 84,569 for a sixth-round FA Cup tie against Stoke in 1934 – but that did not prevent United fans gloating about it for years. … [Read more...] about Liverpool, beware: do club ground-shares ever work?
From working in a factory to felling Arsenal in the Premier League to slipping down to League One: veteran Steve Morison has seen pretty much everything. Yet the 32-year-old centre-forward, who leads out Millwall today in their play-off final against Barnsley, says this season has been his most complete. … [Read more...] about Millwall’s Steve Morison sets sights on the perfect end to his most complete season
But they rose above it, proved their worth and made it possible for the next generation of black players to integrate more easily, and the generation after that to play in English stadiums so free of racism that when they travelled to other parts of Europe they would be genuinely shocked that they were singled out for the colour of their skin. … [Read more...] about Sensitive Sol