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Norwich City’s Proud Canaries to fly flag for inclusion at England versus Slovenia Euro 2016 qualifier

Members of Proud Canaries with the banner they are taking to the England v Slovenia game. Pic: Submitted.

Members of Proud Canaries with the banner they are taking to the England v Slovenia game. Pic: Submitted.

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A pioneering group of Norwich City supporters, who set up the Proud Canaries lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters group, will keep the green flag flying high at today’s England Euro 2016 qualifier.

Proud Canaries was launched at Carrow Road in February, becoming just the second officially recognised LGBT supporters’ group in the country.

The group’s aim is to promote the inclusion of LGBT supporters, while challenging discrimination.

And its success so far has led to the group being invited to lead workshops at tomorrow’s national #PrideInFootball event in London.

The free event is funded by campaigning organisations Kick It Out and Football V Homophobia and aims to develop more LGBT fan groups.

Di Cunningham, one of the organisers of Proud Canaries said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to deliver part of #PrideInFootball and a tribute to our club and fans – Norwich City Football Club are ahead of the game in acting on prejudice and hate in the stands.”

And, as a thank you for helping lead the workshops, the Football Association has given the Proud Canaries tickets to today’s Euro 2016 qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley.

The group will hang the Proud Canaries banner, alongside those of Canal Street Blues (Manchester City), Proud Lilywhites (Tottenham) and Gay Gooners (Arsenal) to drive home the message that there is no place for homophobia in football.

Stephen Fry is the honorary president of Proud Canaries, while Amal Fashanu, the niece of former Norwich City star Justin Fashanu - the only professional footballer to have come out as gay while still playing - is a patron.

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34 comments

  • Yes Steely, Justin did play for Newcastle at Peterborough. It was his only appearance during a month on trial from 24\10\91. He signed for Notts Co in December '92. As I said, the abuse he suffered is etched upon my memory. Checked on Wiki to arrive at the dates.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • 'and' - was a comment on the lack of football in the article.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • 'and' - was a comment on the lack of football in the article.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Lincs I know you are our stats expert but I don't remember Fahanu playing for Newcastle. Was it Notts County perhaps ,same colours, nickname and all that ?

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Can't remember the year exactly but I attended a cup tie at Peterborough one night when Newcastle brought on Justin Fashanu as a sub. For the rest of the game he was subjected to a vociferous chant derogatory to both his race and sexuality. I recall thinking, how does a young man deal with that? Sadly, we soon had the answer.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Campaigning helped bring down the instances of racism in football, which were pretty commonplace 20 or 30 years ago. You may not like it, but the net result is worth it eh?

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    nachospestos

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I find all these 'campaigns' to be tiresome and infantile. I long for the days when you could just attend a game without all this happy clappy stuff. Practically all people attending the games will agree in principle with this stuff but don't need reminding of it every match. I was reading that the excellent rugby referee Nigel Owens was abused by a section of the crowd at that bastion of upper middle class respectability that is Twickenham. (Brew wouldn't let me get away with that one).The matter was reported by a man in his 60's and the abusers were blokes half his age.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • To suggest that no-one has a problem with gay people in a football arena is plain deluded. The last time this group walked round the pitch at Carrow road someone was reported for shouting a homophobic slur at them. Proving the need for their groups existence. They have my full support.

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    Steady On

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Except that one, weirdly.

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    nachospestos

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • As I can no longer add any comments to this I think that any debate is hereby verboten.

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    nachospestos

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Which is exactly the sort of argument that people who oppose Kick It Out use. The whole there isn't racism any more, stop going on about it rhetoric. I don't really see how this group attending games inflames some people so much.

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    nachospestos

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I think you have the wrong end of the stick, most City supporters back the Kick It Out campaign and rightly so. With regards to disabled people, again they should be supported and helped. This is a different issue, nobody cares about someones sexuality anymore, we have evolved, no need to be loud and proud, again theres been to much creeping to this minority. MOVE ON.

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    Bald Canary

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • How is reporting a story about a group of Norwich fans representing their group at an England game 'pandering to the minority'? Would you have such a problem with it if it was a group of disabled fans or a group of Norwich fans representing the Kick It Out campaign?

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    nachospestos

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Archie keep to the football, you dont hear heterosexual fans singing were straight and were proud, were straight and were proud, were Norwich City were straight and were proud. Nobody cares, stop pandering to the minority, and stick to the important stuff.

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Who cares,just keep it behind closed doors,

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    dave123

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Perhaps we should consider a change of title for "the pink un", and on the ball city!

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    tom the taxi

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Old people....

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    Steady On

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Totally agree with barclay. Why do people keep banging on about their sexual orientation, heterosexuals don't. Get on the terraces and watch the team like the rest of us, this country has gone mad.

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    EssexCanary

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

  • Perhaps best you don't go to to the away match, just in case.

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    waclor

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • I trust they all paid to get in!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • What's this got to do with football!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • What a world we live in now

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    alan

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Why does this bl'ody site keep playing music to me? Stew, I had to do the 22 and 50 yard swimming certificate at the Eagle baths in those trunks. My pal jumped off the top board into the Wensum and lost his glass eye.

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    cutty

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Calm down dears,we get the point,your different when it comes to sex,No need for a big flag,what we get up to in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom.

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    PaulH

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • …..I had some of them knitted trunks cutty!....They were a b*gger to keep on when they got wet!...could have done with a pair of braces...but that would have looked silly!... and in those days we all wanted to be part of the crowd rather than stand out like a sore thumb!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Wiven, 'and' is a conjuction. What is it you wish to conjoin?

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    cutty

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • I have no issue with anybodies sexual orientation but every week I see the same group walk around the pitch. So when are the straight Canary supporters walking around the pitch? It's about being accepted not being thought different, you are so get back on the terraces and support from there like everyone else.

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    b arclay

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • OK. But to be honest, I am more interested in whether we get an experienced coachmentor in to help get the team playing well. Any news?

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    sad canary

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • sharky

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • I was a cross dresser as a nipper. Had to wear my mum's old bloomers on the beach at Yarmouth. When I complained she knitted me a pair of trunks. Still we only went a couple of times a year, spent the rest of the summer getting over the sun burn.

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    cutty

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • I think this is great and I am very proud of them

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • The Gay Gooners, well I never, I'm sure they'll all have a nice time.

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    cutty

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Good for them

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

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