Football pays tribute to one of the big political figures of the 1980s…

CAMDEN Council has been asked to think about stopping for a minute’s silence in honour of Margaret Thatcher at Monday’s full council meeting. How do you think the Mayor’s office will respond to the suggestion from the Conservatives?

One institution which has already said ‘no’ to such a tribute is the Football Association, which ruled out the idea for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley. On this point, remember Spurs supporting Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has already been vocal on this debate over whether football has too many memorial silences… 

But maybe there is a precedent for football honouring big political figures. When Thatcher’s old Labour rival Michael Foot died three years ago at his home in Hampstead, Plymouth Argyle – the team he supported with a tragic loyalty – had the players in black armbands for the next match and, rather than a minute’s silence, had a minute’s applause from the supporters.

LISTEN: Plymouth Argyle pay tribute to Michael Foot after his death.

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