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I Only Popped In For A Drink

8 years ago

I must make it clear that I am not deliberately looking to find something to have a go at our owner, as I know there is a lot of owner bashing at the moment and rightly so.

However, my sister eventually coaxed me into the Terrace Bar at St.James’ Park recently, after going on about it since April.

To be honest I wasn’t expecting much but had been told loads of TV about etc. Anyway, goes in and notices every one of the female bar staff in replica toon shirts, with very short shorts. Well that may not be a problem for most men but somehow I couldn’t help feeling it was a bit sexist having these young girls behind the bar, some in late teens or just out of being a teenager.

It certainly ain’t going to make any difference to attracting me more to this bar, as to me the price of the beer is more important issue. I started to question things and it really shouldn’t be a big issue and I am not trying to take any moral high ground here. I am a Christian who does not go to church and I am happily married with a young lad, but this observation and why I had a problem with it inside our/connected to our football club.

I started asking myself what kind of message does it send out? Why hasn’t anyone else had an issue with it? Is it because fans/people are not really bothered? Am I too old and not up to date with what goes on in this world these days?

I guess business-wise the club may think it will attract more fans in when in my opinion it may only attract a few extra young males to go for this reason.

All these thoughts come racing through my mind but by writing about it, it seems I must have an issue with this and is it another tacky thing to add to the many I see at SJP, I suppose it is. I mean is there any need for it and how does it make our female fans feel I wonder?

If I really want to go to a bar to see this type of thing then I know which bars to go to on match days.

Normal dress code like other cooperate areas would have done for me. After all I only popped in for a drink not to stare at young females.

From an old toon fan.


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