Time to reward loyal fans

“We felt the same as you little Boy! Heads up young gunner sometimes you win some and sometimes lose some! #truesupport #arsenal #proudgunner” ‏Emiliano Martínez @emimartinezz1


It is not clear what Arsenal are planning to do and the Mail report that the club are likely to keep it private, or at least try to.


The on-going debate in sport: women versus pay

dollars and women

Women’s treatment in sport has always been a manifestation of wider gender inequality and, as sports evolved and became and professional financially, women in sport prolonged with the change. However, the huge funding disparity between male and female sport means that women have had fewer opportunities to play sport, have suffered from inadequate coaching and facilities compared with those enjoyed by men. Even when women raise more money than men, they can also be paid less. In the US, five female football players recently filed a complaint against US Soccer over wage discrimination. They are ranked number one in the world, 30 places above the men, and generated hefty revenues – but are still paid significantly less.  Serena Williams, the women’s number one tennis player – when she last played and won three of the four grand slams, it was noted that the less prestigious men’s tournaments paid far more than the women’s grand slam occasions.

The Victorian society viewed sport as “inseparable from the philosophy of muscular Christianity, which defined itself against femininity and ‘softness’,”  In 1998 the Marylebone Cricket Club (1787), the custodians at Lord’s, lifted its ban in 1998 on female members.  In June 2016, the Muirfield Golf Club, one of Scotland’s most celebrated courses voted to uphold its ban on women members. However, it was finally successfully upturned in March 2017. Others institutions continue to resist.

Rio 2016 represented a significant presentation which was the rise of women in sport. There was  47.7 percentage of women competing as athletes, a record for a summer Games.  Yet the true pay equality in sport is still far away.

As Tony Collins, author of Sport in Capitalist Society (2013) said “until there is a fundamental shift towards gender equality across society women in sport will always be under-paid.”  As well as being preserved in history as second-class.

A time to celebrate religion in Sport

Glasgow Roman C

Sports clubs are a focal point for religious communities, more so for (Irish) Catholics than Protestants. Sectarianism in Glasgow is visible in the rivalry between the supporters of Glasgow’s two main football clubs, Celtic and Rangers, together known as the Old Firm. (Wikipedia)

Both Celtic and Rangers have had recent high profile altercations with football authorities because of sectarian incidents, and both clubs have openly admitted a problem with sectarianism. Sectarian chants and songs can be heard frequently amongst both sets of supporters, this is not exclusive to when the teams are playing one another. This has caused for deep concern that supporters of the club are creating an image of their team that is not endeared by club officials.

The Rangers Supporters Association, said: “we firmly believe that it is a small minority which causes problems, no matter how often they are told, they will just not listen.” A survey undertaken by Glasgow City Council showed that 74% of Celtic fans were Catholics and 4% Protestants and Rangers fans to be 65% protestant and 5% Catholic. Both clubs have approached entities such as the Scottish parliament and even church groups to show that the sectarian element in the supporting of these clubs is unacceptable.


Christian Orthodox:  In Christian usage the term orthodox refers to the set of doctrines which were believed by the early 1st century Christians known as the Western church. Primarily identified by “Catholic” ecclesiastical teachings governed by a series of ecumenical councils.

19th January Timkat – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

14th February Saint Valentine’s Day

14th February Ash Wednesday – Christian

19th February Great Lent begins – – Orthodox Christian

29th Maundy Thursday – Christian

30th March Good Friday and Easter Sunday – Christian


Un-Orthodox Christianity: This practice are from the Eastern Church AD. It is also used in evangelical circles as a synonym for the doctrinal fundamentals of Christian belief such as the deity around Christ. Historically, this is the correct version of Christian belief; but often it is simply the current version of Christian belief.

25th January Conversion of Saint Paul – Christian

30th March Good Friday and Easter Sunday – Christian

30th March Mothering Sunday                                


Non-Faith: Those with no Gods such as Buddhism and Taoism are atheist religions, and Humanism is an atheist philosophy.

16th Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

17th February World Human Spirit Day

8th March International Women’s Day

22nd March World Water Day


Judaism – Judaism was founded over 3500 years ago in the Middle East. Jews believe that God appointed the Jews to be his chosen people in order to set an example of holiness and ethical behaviour to the world. Orthodox Judaism is the approach to religious Judaism which subscribes to a tradition of mass revelation and adheres to the interpretation and application of the laws and ethics of the Torah.

27th January Holocaust Memorial Day

1st March International Wheelchair Day Purim – Judaism

31st March Pesach (Passover) – Judaism


Muslim – A Muslim is someone who follows or practices Islam, an Abrahamic (Old Testament) religion. They believe in one god; Allah. Muslims consider the Quran (Koran), their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. The majority of Muslims also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad  as recorded in traditional accounts. (“Muslim” is an Arabic word meaning “one who submits (to God)”.

May 16 Start of Ramadan

June 15 End of Ramadan

August 22 Feast of Sacrifice

September 12 Islamic New Year


Hinduism – Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people from India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub-continent and has over 900 million followers worldwide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings. The term Orthodox Hinduism commonly refers to the religious teachings and practices of Sanātanī, one of the traditionalist branches of Hinduism.

22nd January Vasant Panchami – Hindu

18th March New Year – Hindu


Sikhism – Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century CE (Common Era) and is a monotheistic religion i.e. believes in the existence of only one god creating the world and that one god is all-powerful and intervenes in the world. Sikhs think religion should be practised by living in the world and coping with life’s everyday problems.

31st January Birthday of Guru Har Rai – Sikh