“Football is at the heart of communities across Scotland, and there are not many societal organisations that bring people together nowadays, to catch them in a net when they fall.” The words of James Anderson, Scottish football’s great benefactor, as he filled the game’s coffers with around £3m.
He said more, all of it worthy, but those words struck me. Football has access to people that government and health services could never dream of. It brings community to the lonely, it motivates thousands to help others, it gives a proud identity to some who were not given much respect when young.
Of course, a lot of idiots are also attracted to the spectacle and drama, but James ‘gets it’. Build that man a statue!