YORK CITY SOUTH
new frontiers (issue 6)
Commission Of Racial Equality: It Concerns You
I found it rather ironic that The Yorkshire Evening Press ran 2 articles on October 23 (1993) concerning York City's decision not to sign up to the initiative of The Commission Of Racial Equality (CRE) to kick racism out of football.
During the game that day, Brentford's tactics upset many City supporters. From near the front of the David Longhurst Stand I could hear racial abuse being hurled, from several different sources, at the Brentford players. In The Press that night, Keith Usher stated that the club didn't have a racial problem. We all can only hope that those people hurling the racial abuse that afternoon read The Press and CUT OUT THE RACIAL ABUSE in future.
One request made by the CRE was for all clubs to put an announcement in their programmes throughout the season detailing the initiative. Apparently, the pressure on space in City's programme is enormous and the club felt unable to place what was effectively a free advert in the programme. However, below, I detail the CRE initiative.
Let's ensure that everyone follows all aspects of the initiative and prove York City's decision was justified.
2005 Footnote.City never did sign up to the original campaign during the Craig era. I do recall both Douglas Craig and Keith Usher taking the microphone, before and during games to re-iterate the "cut it out" message, which I suspect is more than most club officials ever did. City eventually signed up to the campaign post Craig. Try previous article or next article or email the new frontiers editor cum webmaster. Back to the new frontiers first page.
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