The type of comments that we have heard vary in their severity and, no doubt, intention, from stereotyping black players e.g. calling Simon Parke of Southport "Lennox" merely because he is black and has dreadlocks, to the appalling monkey noises that a small minority made at the Dover game when a black player was involved in an incident on the touchline.
The minority who are making these pathetic and unwanted remarks should be aware that subjecting people to less favourable treatment on the basis of their skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin is racism, no matter what the perpetrator thinks.
The perpetrators should consider the affect that their actions have on the reputation of the club, the black players who play for us, as well as those who play against us, and their fellow supporters. This is supposed to be a friendly family club for the local community, so let us welcome everyone to Victoria Road on an equal footing.
The excuse given most often for this sort of behaviour is that the perpetrators of some of the stereotypical remarks were just "having a laugh". It is not a laugh. You only had to look at Junior McDougald's face when the monkey noises were made on Saturday to see the hurt that it causes. To give an analogy, if the perpetrators were walking around the ground with their mother and a chorus of "get your tits out for the lads" was directed at her, would they think that was a laugh and join in? I doubt it.