Football in Five Images with Stuart Cosgrove and Graham Spiers

FairPley have organised a tour of their ‘Football in Five Images’ show with Stuart Cosgrove and Graham Spiers.

Graham and Stuart are two of Scotland’s most outspoken football commentators, appearing regularly in the media. Together they argue and debate the current challenges facing Scotland’s national game, covering subjects such as the impact of television, the rise of social media, the national team and the role and responsibilities of football in the community.

In their show, they refuse to shirk tackles, offering candid opinions on the people, policies and prejudices that underpin the game.

You can see the show at the following locations:

Thu       12          Football in Five Images, Dumfries Theatre Royal,7.30pm

Sun        15          Football in Five Images,Leven, East Fife Supporters’ Trust, 7.30pm

Thu       19          Football in Five Images,Stirling Tolbooth, 7.30pm

Sat         21          Football in Five Images,Greenock Beacon, 7.30pm

Sun        22          Football in Five Images,Houston River Inn, 7.30pm

Thu       26          Football in Five Images,Macarts, Galashiels, 7.30pm

Sun        29          Football in Five Images,Aberdeen Lemon Tree, 7.30pm

Thu       2            Musselburgh Brunton   Football in Five Images

Sat         4            St Andrews Byre             Football in Five Images

Sun        5            Oran Mor, Glasgow        Football in Five Images

Thu      9            Dunkeld Birnam               Football in Five Images

Sat         11          Cumbernauld Theatre   Football in Five Images

Supporters Direct Scotland expresses concern at crest ruling

Supporters Direct Scotland today (Friday 15 April 2016) expressed real concern that a significant number of SPFL football clubs could be forced to change their club crest.

This follows a ruling that the Court of Lord Lyon will not re-consider its approach to the prosecution of so-called illegal badges, after Airdrieonians were forced to launch a new crest in 2015 after an action was raised against them.

Ayr United will also now change their crest for season 2017-18, after agreement was reached on a short term dispensation.

It is a ruling which could result in a significant number of historically famous badges be consigned to history.

A Scottish Parliament Act passed in 1592 gives the Court of the Lord Lyon responsibility for prosecuting unauthorised elements in badges. The court has its own procurator fiscal.

Matters are complicated because although this responsibility is laid down in law by ancient Scottish legislation, it is currently reserved to the UK Government.

Elements such as crowns, a lion rampant, plain English bricks (“castellation”) which look like a turret above a shield, the saltire, a town’s coat of arms or use any letters are all forbidden.

Those who could face future issues include Dundee, Dundee United, East Fife, Hamilton Accies, Rangers, and St Johnstone.

Supporters Direct Scotland ran a petition last season, which gained 1,500 supporters, but this latest situation is sure to cause concern to fans.

Andrew Jenkin, head of Supporters Direct Scotland comments:

“This is a real worry to us. Not only were Airdrieonians forced to change their crest, but the same will now happen with Ayr United.

“We’re at a floodgates point, at which this could easily spiral out of control, and some of the best known and easily identifiable symbols of football in Scotland could be lost forever, because of an archaic rule which serves to protect nobody.

“Our clubs deliver thousands of hours of community support across the country each year, our league is one of the best attended per head of population in Europe, and Scotland supporters are regarded across the world as fans, as well as significantly supporting charities in the countries they visit. We’ve seen time after time that Scottish football can be a real force for good.

“We recognise that this is a complicated issue, and strictly speaking is not devolved to the Scottish Government, but we hope after the election this is a matter that a future administration will take extremely seriously and support our efforts to find a resolution.

“This may include assessing the viability of introducing legislation to protect the identity of clubs & their assets such as crests, colours, stadiums and that they are really important to community identity.”