The latest OTBC features a special profile of cover star Justin Fashanu to mark Norwich City’s support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
We take a look back at the often brilliant but turbulent career of Fashanu, who became the first professional footballer to come out as gay. We also continue our partnership with local football art studio Patterns of Play, who have provided us with another striking cover.
Elsewhere, there are more details about the Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever match at Carrow Road next May, we go behind the scenes of rugby union legend Gareth Thomas’s powerl speech to City’s players at Colney, and we bring you our usual regular features such as Manager Files, The Ten, Hits and Misses and Chris Goreham’s column.
Inside this week’s OTBC…
“I have great trust in the lads to turn this around when they show this 100% attitude.”
Head coach’s notes: Daniel Farke looks ahead to Saturday’s game
“Fashanu was gifted, intelligent and ebullient. But no one could be prepared for the level of scrutiny he became subjected to and the prejudice he had to face.”
Justin Fashanu: Zoë Whitford’s portrait of an icon
“Any injury is frustrating. It’s part of football and it’s part of our careers. I’ve just got to get my head down and push on again.”
Academy: Louis Ramsay on his return to fitness for the U23s
“He turned from a cheap addition into a sought-after box-to-box midfielder who had a lovely knack of swooping into the area at the right time and the right place.”
The Ten… Unsung heroes: Jon Rogers picks 10 great City players who have gone under the radar
“Fleming had the sort of flexibility in his hamstrings that many professionals could only dream of. His warm-ups, which involved him kicking his leg seemingly over his head and back again, were recognisable and reassuring.”
50 years of Barry Butler: Our series continues with Craig Fleming and Terry Allcock
“To stand up and do that in front of the lads takes a lot of character and personality and the lads have all come out and said what a man he is for doing it. It’s invaluable what he’s doing, and really important.”
Gareth Thomas: City captain Russell Martin reacts to the rugby legend’s talk at Colney about coming out as gay while playing
“This policy was exposed in one match when Irish winger Keith O’Neill did find some words during one game that were not necessarily supposed to be said on the radio at 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon.”
Chris Goreham: BBC Radio Norfolk’s matchday commentator on players on the mic
“In 2017, the games played host to Norfolk’s first ever Wife Carrying Championships, an event with origins in Finland.”
Around The Grounds: Ffion Thomas continues her tour of Norfolk clubs with a visit to Downham Town
“We were the first ever league champions, going through the whole season unbeaten and winning the Double to boot – the original Invincibles.”
The Opposition: Seven things you might not have known about Preston North End
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