Tuktuk Day 82


Non-League Day

Yes, it’s Saturday tomorrow and a very special Saturday. We have an international break and James Doe’s seed of an idea has flowered and grown into Non-League Day 2024.

I will be at FC Deportivo Galicia v Oxhey Jets and as we scored seven last time we were at home, I sense goals again tomorrow. Where will you be?

In the evening England take on Brazil at Wembley but it’s all got a bit crazy this week. Nike have decided on a “playful update” on the St George’s Flag on back of the England shirt. It has not gone down well with the PM, the PM in waiting, fans and the FA all wading in.

This is what everybody expects.

This is what Nike have presented

The FA respond to calls from fans to scrap the new England kit over Nike’s ‘playful update’ with the St Georges cross.

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, warned about against tampering with national flags following Nike’s alteration of the St George’s Cross colour on England’s new shirt. Sunak says kit manufacturers “should not mess” with the St George’s Cross as he waded into a row over the new England shirt

The unveiling of England’s Euro 2024 kits this week features a white home kit and a purple away strip., but the row came when Nike announced the modification of the iconic red cross to include purple and blue stripes.

Nike referred to it as “a playful update” to the shirt for Euro 2024, drawing inspiration from the training kit worn by England’s 1966 World Cup champions.

Keir Starmer somewhat surprisingly made a powerful speech condemning the “update” whilst fans have started a petition in disgust. The Labour leader joins calls to replace the “playful update” of the St George cross on the back of the new England football kit with the original, after Nike switched it from its usual red and white to a red, purple, blue and black cross, ahead of the Euro 2024 tournament in June. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also called on Nike to “reconsider” its decision, as the symbol was a “unifier”.

While Labour’s shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said it was “peculiar” and pointed out people wouldn’t expect the heraldic Welsh dragon to be swapped “to a pussycat” or the French tricolour to be changed.

I wonder what the Scots would say if Adidas decided that the Flag of St Andrew would look good with yellow bananas or perhaps change the dark blue to lime green!

What do you think?

Enjoy the weekend!


A PLEA

I would like your money, just £1 of it! I am struggling to reach my initial target £500 for FC Deportivo and Prostate Cancer at £20 or £50 so this is a bit of a test/a trial if you like. I wonder how many of you would be happy to add just £1? I would be very grateful if you would consider a donation however small to support  Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £5,000 and the charity would continue to fund their great work. Every single penny goes DIRECT to Prostate Cancer UK. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. If you prefer to support FC Deportivo Galicia, their link is here Let me know that you have done that and I will be happy to pay you in on Saturday v Oxhey Jets at 3pm.


PS I could also mention that the Italian national side’s new away kit is causing some debate too. Gli Azzurri are I Bianchi with a splash of …..

Better than their previous paint-splattered effort, in my opinion!

 

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