The new England football strip will have an image of the Cerne Abbas giant on it. The image on the strip, which maintains the large erect penis to be found on the famous landmark, is bound to cause controversy as in its day (it is believed to have been sculpted in the 17th century) the giant was a statement intended to promote internet pornography. The controversial image is sure to land the (English) FA in hot water, even though they have been quick to deny that the image is intended to promote porn, and instead suggest that it is intended to reflect Clive Tydlesley’s continuing support for the national team.
That would be an absurd story, wouldn’t it?
Just a little more absurd than this, which appeared on the Eurosport site…
Scotland’s new football kit contains strange symbol
There is another symbol on the shirt, which at first glance appears to be some form of abstract logo.
But it is actually a spider design, a spider which symbolises an ancient military victory against the English.
The legend goes that 14th century king of Scotland Robert the Bruce was taking refuge from England’s King Edward I in a cave.
In that cave, Robert saw a spider, which went on to weave a web despite the conditions causing it to struggle. Eventually the spider succeeded, inspiring Robert to victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
It seems a bit strange that a new-age Scotland strip should pay homage to a defeat of the English in battle – perhaps ironically, their last football encounter ended in a victory for England.
Fine, so the writer has misunderstood the symbol. If you don’t already know the story, it is a little fable designed to stress the importance of persistence, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” being the punchline. He also gets his little dig in at the end, also fine – it is football and a little banter is fine.
It’s an absurd story and the journo is a clown, fine, end of story.
However, whether it was done wilfully or through ignorance, this kind of story tends to cause a nasty outpouring of stuff from south of the border.
Here are some of the comments….