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Ex-Blue McGoldrick Instigated Players Taking a Knee
Friday, 19th Jun 2020 12:14

Former Town striker David McGoldrick initiated Sheffield United and Aston Villa players taking a knee to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement at the start of their game on Wednesday, the first match of the Premier League’s return.

According to the Daily Mail, McGoldrick, 32, was the driving force behind the move which he and Blades skipper Billy Sharp then proposed to Villa keeper Tom Heaton.

The players - including ex-Town defender Tyrone Mings and former midfielder Conor Hourihane, both now with Villa - subs and staff from the two clubs as well as the match officials all knelt for 10 seconds after the whistle at the start of the game. The same then happened at the Manchester City and Arsenal match later that evening.

Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari said: “It was fantastic. It was so choreographed and so powerful. It is really important we have these gestures of solidarity.”

In addition, all Premier League players have ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblazoned on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the resumed season.

Irish international McGoldrick, who recently signed a new Blades contract keeping him at Bramall Lane until 2022 having joined them after leaving the Blues in the summer of 2018, came on as a 69th minute sub in the 0-0 draw.

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peteswindon added 13:00 - Jun 19
So Football is supporting The BLM movement but will not support the Poppy.

ITFCRich added 13:07 - Jun 19
peteswindon, forgot that we don't hold a minute's silence for remembrance day. These are two very different things, BLM is more important as black people are not being treated equally to us. Nobody is saying that we don't care about those that have lost their lives in war.

uefacup81 added 13:10 - Jun 19
@Peteswindon - would you care to explain precisely how football fails to support "The Poppy" (as you put it)? I seem to recall that a silence was held at the Lincoln City match on 9th November, the shirts had poppies on them, and no doubt those shirts were then auctioned off in aid of the RBL.

Or do you have a slightly different definition of 'support'?

itfc_bucks added 13:12 - Jun 19
@PeteSwindon - stop Reading Sarah Vine's nonsense and use your own eyes or Google. Utter plum.

JewellintheTown added 13:13 - Jun 19
Not surprised it was McGoldrick who suggested it.
While he was here, he took the bench, the sick bed, and anything that helped him avoid the field of play or do any real effort on the pitch. Anything that reduces the amount of time he has to run around is fair game for him.

COYB11 added 13:22 - Jun 19
BLM doesn't mean anyone, or anything is more important than anything else.

All it is seeking to achieve is equality and fairness.

The reason perhaps PeteSwindon is mentioning the Poppy appeal is that it gets less publicity and footballers don't respond to it in the same way. I can understand why that is the case though, and that is because probably all black footballers have experienced some kind of overt/covert racism in their lives, meaning the BLM movement resonates more with them. They are bound to respond more passionately to something that is more current in their lives.

That is of course not to say that we should forget the poppy appeal and the sacrifices people made during the war.

COYB11 added 13:45 - Jun 19
My god, JewellintheTown, really?

DurhamTownFan added 14:34 - Jun 19
I think this is great and I don’t see how you can criticise it.

But the joker in me did think: did he do this because his knees have gone? I did love how he got injured about 30secnds after coming in for his first game in three months! Fair play to him for doing so well in a very good team.

ITFCsince73 added 14:43 - Jun 19
I think Pete meant the fact that poppy emblems wasn’t allowed on players tops, but BLM was.

ITFCsince73 added 14:49 - Jun 19
As for McGoldrick. A player who took the easy life that is ITFC to the extreme.
The most laziest player ever. And THE reason he’s spent the most of the last 6 years, either on the bench or with his feet up at home.

BlueBlood90 added 15:08 - Jun 19
He probably would’ve pretended to break his knee cap doing it if he was still here. He absolutely took us for a ride those final two years.

Nobbysnuts added 15:14 - Jun 19
Enough is enough. A minutes applause by the players for the nhs should of been the order of the day. Disappointing

ChrisR added 16:04 - Jun 19
I imagine footballers of all ethnicity trying to make career have faced discrimination ? Not fast enough , not big enough , poor in the tackle ? and I really doubt that any really good black player is held back for that reason alone , just look at the proportion of black players in most Premier Clubs is much greater than population in general. And as above he took us for a ride when we rescued him from Coventry .

Nobbysnuts added 16:38 - Jun 19
And dont get me started on Anthony Joshua who has just taken a huge payday in a country with one of the worst human rights record in the world.......hypocrite

ITFCsince73 added 16:55 - Jun 19
Look at the wealth of Sterling and Rashford.
This country ain’t so, white or silver. The opportunity is there for all.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 17:37 - Jun 19
I agree with ITFC73 I think Pete is referring to the Poppy on England shirts being removed as it was " political " . I'm sure there is a minutes silence at games . Total double standards now to have BLM on shirts . If you say anything though you are racist .

lonelyblue added 18:00 - Jun 19
Some of the comments above only go to show too well why BLM does matter. Very disappointing, people.

Lathers added 19:00 - Jun 19
It’s massive double standards. UEFA has clear guidelines on political messages so shame on all those on here for jumping on Pete ‘the racist’ from Swindon for stating a FACT just to make yourself feel morally superior. Maybe instead you should be making an apology for the behaviour of your ancestors?!

londontractorboy57 added 19:44 - Jun 19
To be honest getting fed up with the whole football thing,its a sport not a vehicle for political or social grandstanding.

lonelyblue added 19:45 - Jun 19
In whose warped mind can any common stand against racism be considered political? This is the most depressing stream I’ve ever read on this site. And while I’m here for now, because I feel to miserable to ever engage again, ask yourselves this: how many white players ever get described as “lazy”? How many white players have you ever described this way? Skuse, Chambers? No. You find different words. Racism is deep-rooted, complex, institutional. Ignorant bunch.

lonelyblue added 20:02 - Jun 19
I was too upset there to make accurate comparisons. I’m going to cite Huws and Bishop instead. How often is their integrity held into question compared to someone like Didz? You may not like, and will deny, the answers you find within yourselves.

Linkboy13 added 20:53 - Jun 19
David Mcgoldrick's family never settled in Suffolk and were living in the Midlands. I'm sure the few people on here with a little bit of common sense will understand how difficult it must have been to concentrate on the job in hand. He's certainly proved at Sheffield United what a good player he is and was voted fans player of the year last season.

ITFCsince73 added 20:54 - Jun 19
There’s loads of lazy players lonely blue, the 2 you mention and others.
The laziest of all Town players over recent times has been McGoldrick.
I prefer not to make comparisons, with regards to skin colour unlike yourself.

Lathers added 21:15 - Jun 19
Lonelyblue, I’d like to think that all educated white people are in full support of BLM so let’s get back to football on this football forum. You raise an interesting point over lazy WHITE Ipswich players, so here’s my top 5 since I’ve been watching the Town (in no particular order)

Alan Lee
Owen Garvan (although he had a lazy style)
Martyn Reuser
Tamas Priskin
Mich D’Avray

lonelyblue added 21:43 - Jun 19
There you go then. Everybody has proved that racism doesn’t exist and nobody is racist. I wholly stand by my previous comments on this thread. I’ve never said this before to anyone, but you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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