FOLLOWING on from the David Rocastle post earlier, everybody who joined the minute’s silence at Highbury marking his death remembers those hushed moments with reverence. By chance, Tottenham were the opponents but rivalry was forgotten as north London remembered a star, ten years ago.
Yet, yet, I hate to sound like Spurs supporting columnist Richard Littlejohn, who provoked a Twitter storm recently when he heartlessly questioned why there was a minute’s silence for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami before football matches. In doing so he made the point that fluffy mascots often muscled into these sombre occasions. Sadly that was the case for that minute for Rocky. As players wearing red and white united with players wearing blue and white, a big green dinosaur felt it appropriate to also make his way to the centre circle as well. Just look at the scene above, there’s the Gunnersaurus, fantastic for jolly get together with junior gunners, tucking his hands behind his back and bowing his head. Littlejohn’s piece was deliberately controversial, devoid of compassion – but he’s right about where the fur suits should go at these moments.