Sports Letters: Unpleasant air

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Sir: I read 'County's eccentric appeal' (6 April) with increasing irritation. I wonder if David Gilmour has visited Meadow Lane of late?

At the beginning of this season I wanted to visit the refurbished home of Notts County, being a lapsed County supporter. My husband, a Forest supporter, accompanied me to a reserve match between the two teams.

I was most impressed by the ground and the facilities for fans. However, I observed with distaste that the enclosure for disabled fans was labelled 'Disabled fans and their handlers'. Not particularly amiable or 'eccentric'.

'There has almost never been any aggressive foul-mouthed chanting.' I suggest Mr Gilmour puts himself in the unpleasant position of many female fans, who have to endure abuse being directed at players who fail to come up to the required standard - namely, 'You woman' or 'Get up you woman'.

Yours faithfully,




6 April