Football, Faith and Flutes – The REAL Documentary on Sectarianism


Last night the BBC produced a documentary called BIGOTRY, Bombs and Football. It was supposed to be a modern-day look at Sectarianism within Scottish Football, primarily the Old Firm. Given the recent issues this season, with Rangers being punished by UEFA for Sectarian singing, Celtic manager Neil Lennon being targeted by crazed maniacs sending him bullets and bombs, not to mention that ‘Good Jambo’ who attacked Neil Lennon, according to Mark Smith, Deputy News Editor of the Daily Record.

However last night’s programme failed to deliver. It lacked depth and just proved what everyone already knew that everyone is still pointing fingers at everyone else. Politicians blamed one another, Cardinal Keith O’Brien blamed Orange and Republican marches, while SPL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said that the positives were not being reported on.

But last night’s programme proved what fans knew all along, that Strathclyde’s finest were ignoring the singing from both sides of the divide, and that they only act when the cameras or media focus are trained on them. One major issue that was lacking from last night’s coverage was the media’s involvement in stoking the fires between the two sides, which many fans believe help to increase the problems to get a few more newspaper issues sold.

In 1995 a documentary was screened by Channel Four called Football, Faith And Flutes. This is what anyone tackling the issue of Sectarianism in Scottish Football should aspire too. It cut straight to the core and portrayed the rivalry and hatred without glossing over the issues.

So we thought we should provide coverage of Football, Faith And Flutes for our readers. Enjoy.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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