This weekend saw Manchester City’s first home game of the season and MCFC Supporters Club took the opportunity to present two fans with some fabulous memorabilia from the club.
During the summer break MCFC Supporters Club auctioned off a framed rainbow captain’s armband that had been donated to them by the club. The armband had been worn and signed by both Vincent Kompany and Fernandhino as part of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces Campaign earlier in the season.
All funds raised from the auction are going to Football v Homophobia’s recently formed Youth Panel, an initiative that hopes to see the campaign reach a younger audience and remain relevant to young people involved in football.
Manchester City fans and Canal Street Blues members Cath Tomlin and Lisa Pinney placed the highest bid, raising over £500 for FvH. Cath says of her bid
“We love City’s visible support for the LGBT+ community and are delighted to have won the auction and help raise funds for such a great campaign.”
The weekend also saw a rainbow flag raised over the Etihad as part of Manchester City’s involvement in Manchester Pride, whilst fans from branches of the Supporters Club will be joining Canal Street Blues in the Pride Parade on Saturday.
But this is not the first time MCFC Supporters Club has supported Football v Homophobia. In 2016 branches from around the world put together a video clip showing their support for the FvH (http://mcfcsupportersclub.co.uk/MCFC-Supporters-Club-has-more-pride-than-any-other-team) and a special supporter’s t-shirt was launched for the February Month of Action.
Football v Homophobia Campaign Director Lou Englefield explains what the donation will mean to the campaign,
“We’re hugely grateful to Cath, Lisa and the Supporters Club for helping us raise vital funds for our Youth Panel. Their generosity will help us make sure the voices of LGBT+ young people and their allies are heard throughout our campaign”
Donations to support Football v Homophobia’s work can be made below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org