By Darrell Smith, View from the Town End
To swear or not to swear.
Having been a supporter of Swindon Town FC since the 1970s, I can tell you the matchday experience has changed significantly. Restrictions such as no bottle tops on your drinks and no air horns are the norm. Now the final bastion of being a football supporter is no swearing!
A fortnightly visit to the Town End for a jolly good swear allows me to vent the frustrations of the week. I enjoy swearing and, while I agree with the PC brigade that swearing suggests a lack of vocabulary, it’s bloody good to swear.
It could be argued that children should not be subjected to foul language but they will pick it up elsewhere, so is swearing that bad? When you learn a foreign language many of the first words you learn are swear words. (I am a fluent swearer in Italian!)
To say players should not be subjected to abuse from the terraces is a fair point but do you really think our player who is under performing is going to respond positively to “oh bad luck fella, do try harder we are all behind you”?
I like to swear. It’s part of my personality. I do not want to become a bland, dull, grey person who is not allowed an opinion or express myself in the way I feel fit.
So until the PC brigade get their way I will stand (that’s another subject) in the Town End supporting my team and swearing when I feel it’s appropriate.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you agree with Darrell? Is swearing just part of football culture? Or should it be stamped out?