The 17th minute applause was a good thing but am I the only person that thinks it is time to move on and bring it to an end at every match?

I expect that some people will think I’m some sort of cross between Ebeneezer Scrooge and Kim-Jong-Un for suggesting it, but I think it’s time for it to stop.

17th minute applauseOf course, there’s no disputing that the loss of John Alder and Liam Sweeney was a tragic and terrible event – and given that they died on the way to the match, it was altogether a good thing that they should be remembered at the match.

But I try to imagine what I’d like to happen if it was me that was murdered on the way to the match.

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I wouldn’t mind a minute’s silence once maybe but after that I’d rather everyone just moved on. I certainly wouldn’t want the flow of the game to be getting interrupted every week on my account.

Sadly John and Liam won’t be the first or the last fans to be murdered and they won’t be the first or the last fans to die in a crash on the way to the match.

In general, I think there are far too many minute’s silences and applauses nowadays.

I’m old enough to remember when pretty much the only time you had a minute’s silence was on Remembrance Sunday or when some very major figure had died, and a minute’s applause was unheard of.

It meant that it was very uncommon to have a minute’s silence at a football match – but when you did have one and were in a crowd of thousands, all completely silent, it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. If it happens too often it’s just not the same.

So for me the 17th minute applause was a good thing – but it’s time to move on.