The origins of the word boycott can be traced back to the west coast of Ireland.
I was reminded of this fact when discussing the potential of the proposed boycott of the Tottenham Hotspur home game today.
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The analogy between the events in 19th century Ireland and St James’ Park this weekend are not as remote as one might think. Captain Boycott was the agent of a wealthy land owner who was charged with gathering the rent; after a particular poor harvest, those unable to pay were evicted.
Rather than resort to violence, the locals refused to cooperate with the newly installed tenants, choosing rather to rally round those harshly evicted. In addition, they didn’t assist the landowner with the subsequent good harvest.
Power to the people!
Some supporters will face a choice tomorrow, stand up and be counted against this despicable regime and don’t walk through the turnstile.
The very person who reminded my about the origin of the word ‘Boycott’ implied I wasn’t a true fan for not attending. Well that is his opinion.
Like those poor Irish farmers, those who have the backbone to stand up against a tyranny earned their place in history. Newcastle United fans have their opportunity to earn their place in the history of our great club; don’t waste it.