Proud Canaries are set to help tackle homophobia in football

Proud Canaries with their banner. Left to right: Jules Bremner, Di Cunningham, Nick O'Brien and Michelle Savage. Photograph by Stevie Read. Proud Canaries with their banner. Left to right: Jules Bremner, Di Cunningham, Nick O'Brien and Michelle Savage. Photograph by Stevie Read.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Saturday, February 22, 2014
7:00 AM

The niece of Norwich City star Justin Fashanu – the only professional footballer to have come out as gay while still playing – will be at Carrow Road tomorrow to mark the launch of a new lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender supporters’ group.

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Proud Canaries will be officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner.

The group is only the second officially recognised LGBT supporters’ group in the country (the first was Arsenal’s Gay Gooners) and has already clinched the signing of Norwich City director Stephen Fry as its honorary president.

Amal Fashanu, niece of the ex-Canaries striker, whose goal against Liverpool in 1980 remains one of the best ever seen at Carrow Road, has agreed to become a patron for the group.

She said: “I am extremely honoured and excited about this important role I am being given. I feel like Justin would be grinning from ear to ear. This has made me and my whole family very happy.

“I feel that every day we are closer to creating a prejudice-free game, where no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe in, you are treated with respect and honour.”

Proud Canaries founder member Jules Bremner said: “We’ve been warmly welcomed by Norwich City and chief executive David McNally.NCFC is fully committed to driving discrimination and hatred from the stands.”

Joe Ferrari, Norwich City head of media, said the club was delighted to be welcoming Proud Canaries to Carrow Road. He said: “The club is committed to combatting all forms of discrimination in the game, including homophobia.

“Justin’s struggle against homophobia, before his tragic and untimely death in 1998, serves as an inspiration to those working to eradicate it today and we are delighted to also welcome back his niece Amal to Carrow Road on Sunday as she takes up her role as a figurehead of Proud Canaries.

“With our director, Stephen Fry, also agreeing to become honorary president of their group, Proud Canaries clearly have the full support of Norwich City Football Club and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Have you formed a Norwich City supporters club? Email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

19 comments

  • GLBT sounds a bit like a sandwich. I`ve seen John Bridge`s posts, on non-footy topics, before and I suspect his political leanings are slightly to the "Right". Seem to remember something about it being a good idea for foxhounds, horses and buffoons to run riot through the streets of Swaffham or maybe Dereham. PaulH has scuppered arfur. I`ll say nothing about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Your prediction is the same as mine, Finn.Blue and City's one goal will be a Spurs own goal (probably Vertonghen).....but my spelling is better. "Canarie ?" Come on, there's no excuse for that.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • To the tune of Burl Ive's Froggie went a courtin': He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' a ho, a ho He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' a ho He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' Up ''n down in the saddle and talkin' twaddle ahem, ahem ahem He'll be ridin' three in hand wi' his magistrates wand aho. Talking of which Brew, I publicly accuse you of illegally practising 'three in hand with Stew and Barking, and you are hereby summonsed to appear with said culprits at 'Ricketty Bridge Chambers' on monday morning in time for the Fakenham assizes, unless you can present to me the unabridged definition of 'mardling'. You have until kick off, unless of course you want a thrashing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Your madness, I own neither panto costume or a horse, I do however own a Mercedes, if you are a good boy I will let you clean it. Changing the subject, is the Salhouse Bell open again?

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    John Bridge

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • We are being browbeaten into thinking an abnormal practice is normal, wake up England!!

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    John Bridge

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • You know what they say about men with big cars. Really, no?? To the tune of Burl Ive's Froggie went a courtin': He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' a ho, a ho He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' a ho He come from Swaffham where they don't know nothin' Up ''n down in the saddle and talkin' twaddle ahem, ahem ahem He'll be ridin' three in hand wi' his magistrates wand aho. Talking of which Brew, I publicly accuse you of illegally practising 'three in hand with Stew and Barking, and you are hereby summonsed to appear with said culprits at 'Ricketty Bridge Chambers' on monday morning in time for the Fakenham assizes, unless you can present to me the unabridged definition of 'mardling'. You have until kick off, unless of course you want a thrashing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I wish Archie didn`t nearly always split my smileys. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I`ve done a stray apostrophe. Calamity! It must be catching. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I have to say I feel it is pity that the word `Gay` has come to be used almost exclusively in this context. (Started in the `60s). It`s meaning for centuries was `carefree, happy, bright and showy` etc. It also implies that only `gay` people are gay in the old sense of the word and none of them are miserable old curmudgeons! My point is purely a linguistic one. Likewise `Blue` has come to mean unhappy (as you would expect, FINN ;-) Good programme about blues music on Beeb4 last night. I suppose `blue` hasn`t become hijacked, though. It is still a colour.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Morning your madness, I would like an education system that prepares our children for the real world, I would like a justice system that does not encourage crime and I would like immigration to be sensible. I have nothing against minorities but they must not be allowed to punch above their weight and dictate to the majority, this does not make me `right` it makes me right, er.

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    John Bridge

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Dear mad brewer: PaulH has "scuppered" me? because heshe is gay? I genuinely dont give a monkey's about his, hers, or your sexual orientation. I was referring to the inane "oh, I see, politics again" comment. Also, why is offensive tosh such as that spouted by John Bridge allowed on here?

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    arfur

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Agreed Brewer, except my point is not purely linguistic......it's also political, a bit like John Bridge's point. Quite surprised they printed Mr Bridge's post. I wrote something about the GLBT community the other day and Archie was having none of it. Let's see if this one ends up on the cutting room floor.

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    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • The point is, this is fabulous news, and whatever your feelings about homosexuality, they are a persecuted bunch who have every right to be heard. Unfortunately no one was listening when Justin was around. And Brew, sadly we must all move with the times. If I went into work on Monday and said I'm feeling very gay, there would inevitably be chuckling. You can't have your cake and eat it these days.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Can't they just be supporters.Who cares what their orientation is.Stephen Fry, oh I see politics again.

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    PaulH

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Brew, I publicly accuse you of illegally practising 'three in hand' with Stew and Barking, and you are hereby summonsed to appear with said culprits at 'Ricketty Bridge Chambers' on monday morning in time for the Fakenham assizes, unless you can present to me the unabridged definition of 'mardling'. You have until kick off, unless of course you want a thrashing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I can picture you now in your panto costume, on your horse, surrounded by yelping hounds, running riot through the streets of Swaffham. As is your right - or righter than right. More votes for the decent people! Bring back flogging, fagging and roasting alive! Put Tom Brown`s Schooldays rightly right back at the centre of our school curricula. The non-decent people must be taught to know their place, and quite right too! Flashman Rides Again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • People like me arfur.I am gay

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    PaulH

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I think it is people like you PaulH who create the need for groups like this. Good on NCFC for backing it - looks like they have learned their lesson after the Rainbow Laces debacle.

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    arfur

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Justin Fashanu. Was a very good player and it was a very sad ending......... But a Gay Canarie i must admit makes me chuckle quite a lot.... I hope Spurs dont ruffle any feathers on sunday sorry i really do... 1-3 spurs win..

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    Saturday, February 22, 2014

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