Martin Smith column: football, Tupperware and terrorism

Owls family - but no sign of a flask
Owls family - but no sign of a flask
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Our football clubs are doing their best to make grounds and fans secure after the murder of 130 people in Paris 10 days ago.

It has to be that way.

Extra security at Wednesday v Huddersfield was accepted by the vast majority of supporters but when you try to rationally anticipate what an irrational mind will do there are always some bizarre consequences.

Like the Hillsborough Tupperware ban.

The inoffensive plastic containers of lunchbox legend were outlawed along with flasks at Saturday’s game. Understandable in that any item that could possibly carry an explosive substance, detonator or ammunition has to be kept out.

But if ever there was a range of items whose image and use were the furthest removed from killing it would have to be Tupperware.

One of George Orwell’s characters, George Bowling in Coming Up For Air, said: “Fishing is the opposite of war”, meant not just as escapism or nostalgia but an assertion of hope found in memories from our social and domestic lives.

I’m not sure you could say Tupperware is the opposite of terrorism but it’s a mad world that connects the two at a football match.

One Wednesdayite had another, lighter view on the security measures when he put the following comment on The Star’s website: “What a fiasco. I went to the game and took the Mother in Law (to earn some brownie points). We walked up to the turnstile and a big burly security fella said “Tha can’t bring that bag in here”. “I replied: ‘That’s no way to talk about the mother in law!’” The old ones are the best – sometimes.

*Sheffield said goodbye to a good and very talented man yesterday at a packed Sheffield Cathedral.

Julian Broadhead, otherwise known as writer JP Bean died in his sleep at home a few days ago at the age of 66. A great character and lover of music and sport, former probation officer Julian was a friend and champion of boxing in the city, and particularly the Ingles’ gym.

His most famous books were his biography of Sheffield singer Joe Cocker and Sheffield Gang Wars – which sold 35,000 copies after being first published in 1981. There had also been talk of a major Gang Wars film project recently. Boxing, music and Sheffield will miss Julian’s wit, knowledge and gentle bluntness.