British Footballer Fashanu To Be Inducted Into Museum Hall of Fame

Former British footballer, Justin Fashanu, is to be inducted into the Football Museum Hall of Fame two decades after he committed suicide. Credit: Daily Cannon

 

Justin Fashanu, who in 1990 became the first English professional footballer to reveal he was gay, will be honoured on Wednesday by being inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

Fashanu will be honoured on what would have been his 59th birthday — he hanged himself in May 1998 — an occasion also marked by a reminder from Manchester United that homophobia still exists in football.

Chelsea had issued a statement on Tuesday saying “a large group of Manchester United fans made unacceptable homophobic chants.

“A number of these away supporters were prevented from entering the stadium and others were ejected during the game.”

United also issued a statement in response.

Anti-gay chants “directed against Chelsea FC — or any other club — by some of our fans runs counter to our values,” read the statement.

“We were the first club to sign up to the TeamPride coalition and continue to collaborate with Stonewall and other anti-discriminatory organisations in this area.”

Fashanu’s niece Amal, who recalls her uncle’s tragic death when she was aged nine, will accept the award in Manchester.

Fashanu had a sublime talent and a penchant for scoring spectacular goals — one for Norwich against Liverpool in February 1980 was voted goal of the season.

Such efforts earned him a one million pound move to Nottingham Forest in 1981 — the first black player in British football to break that barrier — but he failed to click with the manager Brian Clough.

For Amal — who through the Justin Fashanu Foundation combats homophobia, racism and mental health problems in football — the award is long overdue.

“It is something quite important that is happening,” she told the Daily Mirror.

“It’s just like ‘wow’, he’s finally getting recognised and it is very, very impressive.

“People forget just how talented he was at football because he was gay.

“I was there at the museum four years ago and in my mind, I know this is bad, I was thinking, ‘Why isn’t Justin here?’

“It is a big move and a big step because they are recognising Justin on a whole new level now.”

  ‘Throw flowers at you’ 

Amal says there is still no appetite for her friends who play football and are gay to come out publicly.

“It would have to be a tough footballer. He would have to have a thick skin,” she said.

“It is still great, but I can’t lie and say it will be a rosy path and they are going to throw flowers at you.”

One person who found Fashanu’s coming out difficult to handle at the time was his younger brother John, Amal’s father, who accused Justin of being an “attention seeker”.

John — a muscular striker who was part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ Wimbledon side which stunned Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final — has changed his views and is now a trustee of the foundation.

“He (John) is championing the fact that there needs to be a change and we need to do it together to honour Justin,” said Amal.

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Whitney Houston, Biggie Among Rock Hall Of Fame Inductees

 

Pop icon Whitney Houston and rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are among this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the institution announced Wednesday.

The late legends are joined by the synth-pop act Depeche Mode and the industrial experimental group Nine Inch Nails, along with the 1970s rockers The Doobie Brothers and English glam rock band T-Rex.

The 2020 class is marked by legendary artists who died young.

The Notorious B.I.G. — a pride of New York, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time — was inducted in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act’s first commercial recording.

The artist born Christopher Wallace and colloquially known as Biggie was murdered in 1997 in Los Angeles at age 24, in a still-murky shooting that some speculated was part of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers.

Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, died at 48 years old in 2012 after a public struggle with drugs, following a decade that saw her go from America’s sweetheart to tabloid drama queen.

The induction of Houston and Biggie mark a continuation of the institution’s broadening acceptance of genres into its ranks. Recent classes have included the rapper Tupac Shakur, Radiohead and Janet Jackson.

The organization founded in the early 1980s has faced criticism over the years, however, for its lack of diversity and limited recognition of women.

During last year’s gala, Jackson brought up the issue in her acceptance speech, saying “2020 — please induct more women.”

But just three women were among the short-list of potentials this year: Houston, who made the cut, along with Pat Benatar and Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan.

The new class of inductees will be celebrated with the annual star-powered ceremony set for May 2 in the Hall of Fame’s home city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Inductees are chosen following a survey of more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members, who consider an act’s career work, innovation, skill and influence in voting in new members.

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Whitney Houston, Biggie Among Rock Hall Of Fame Potentials

 

First time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. topped this year’s short-list of potential inductees, the institution announced Tuesday.

The late music icons are among 16 acts vying for a coveted spot, joined by performers and groups including Soundgarden, Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar and The Doobie Brothers.

This year’s field is marked by three legendary artists who died young.

The Notorious B.I.G. — a pride of New York, widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time — was nominated in his first year of eligibility, which comes 25 years after the release of an act’s first commercial recording.

The artist born Christopher Wallace and colloquially known as Biggie was murdered in 1997 in Los Angeles at age 24, in a still-murky shooting that some speculated was part of a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers.

Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, died at 48 years old in 2012 after a public struggle with drugs, following a decade that saw her go from America’s sweetheart to tabloid drama queen.

And the first nomination after several years of eligibility of seminal grunge act Soundgarden includes former frontman Chris Cornell, who committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 52.

The new class of inductees will be announced in January 2020, with the annual star-powered ceremony set for May 2 in the hall of fame’s home city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Germany’s electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are also up for the honor, with Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, MC5, Todd Rundgren, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy rounding out the pack.

Inductees are chosen following a survey of more than 1,000 musicians, historians and industry members, who consider an act’s career work, innovation, skill and influence in voting in new members.

Bayern Honour Philipp Lahm With Place In Hall Of Fame

Philipp Lahm has joined Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Mueller today when he was honoured with a place in the Hall of Fame at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

The retiring captain of the Bavarian record champions said that his last day with Bayern (the season finale against Freiburg) will stay with him forever.

Lahm played his final match for the Bundesliga champions just over a week ago – nearly 15 years after he made his debut for the club.

The player had been a product of its youth team system and spent some time with the club’s reserve side and on loan at Stuttgart before becoming a regular squad member of the senior team from late 2005.

The Bayern managers praised Lahm for his dedication to the team, Bayern president Uli Hoeness highlighted his ‘down to earth nature” and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added that Lahm was one of the most deserving players in the recent history of Bayern.

Rummenigge, Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Gerd Muller and Lothar Matthaus are among other Bayern legends to feature in their Hall of Fame.

Lahm, who captained Germany to their World Cup triumph in 2014, became the first Bayern player to join the Hall of Fame since goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in 2008.

David Seaman Urges Arsenal To Renew Arsene Wenger’s Contract

David Seaman, Arsenal, Arsene WengerFormer England goalkeeper, David Seaman, has called for the contract renewal of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.

The erstwhile Gunners’ goalkeeper made the call during an interview on Thursday in Manchester, where he was inducted in the National Football Museum’s ‘Hall of Fame’.

“I hope he (Wenger) stays; they should go all out to keep him.

“It doesn’t work out straight away every time,” he said.

The 53-year-old UK-born cautioned fans of the North London club to be cautious what they wish for.

He cited the difficulties Manchester United face since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 as prove to his recommendation.

“Manchester United have struggled a little bit since Sir Alex left.

“They have changed managers again and have a great one now, but Arsenal have a great manager already,” he noted.

Seaman won three league titles, four FA Cups and a League Cup during his 14 years stay at Arsenal.

On his part, Wenger has won nine major trophies with the Gunners and celebrated 20 years at the club on September 30.

His contract expires at the end of the season and discussions are yet to take place about him staying on.

The North Londoners won their last seven games with a brilliant 6-0 win over Ludogorets in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League.

Jonathan to induct Super Eagles into ‘Hall of Fame’

The Federal Government has said it was ready to make the present set of Super Eagles players become the first beneficiaries of the National Sports Hall of Fame, that was recently given approval by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdulahi, said this on Thursday night while addressing players and officials of the Super Eagles at the Garden Court Hotel abode in Milpark, South Africa.

According to the team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, Abdullahi said that the government had also mapped out a heroic ‘welcome’ for the team by Monday next week.

The Minister noted that the government was proud of the achievement of the team so far but added that the team must complete the job by winning the trophy.

‘“Victory is not everything but victory is the only thing”’, Mr Alaiya quoted him as saying.

He admonished the team to go all out for victory in the final against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the Soccer City in Soweto on Sunday.