Fans listen to Daniel's reading about their town and team
Fans listen to Daniel’s reading about their town and team

14 April 2016

Kiss Bigotry Goodbye‘ made its SPFL debut as Nil by Mouth took its campaign celebrating the ‘Beautiful Game’ to the most romantically named football club in the world.

The charity teamed up with the Queens Trust to hold one of its popular football nights to Palmerston, home of SPFL Championship side Queen of the South.  Writer and broadcaster Daniel Gray regaled a healthy crowd with extracts from his books Stramash, Railwaymen, Hatters and Knitters and exclusive readings from his soon to be published third football book. Daniel also had the chance to show off his skills in a pre-gig kickabout on the Palmerston turf.

‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ was launched last summer by Nil by Mouth and hundreds of people have taken part in events including quiz nights, school sports competitions, penalty kick competitions and online campaigns encouraging fans to post images of what makes them love the game.  Support from the Scottish Government ensured all ten dates on the tour are free of charge.

The quiz included rounds on Queen of the South history and special picture rounds featuring some of the country’s stadiums and players.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘This was a brilliant night against one of the most evocative of footballing backdrops. Everyone at the Queens Trust and the club have gone out of their way to make us welcome and we are grateful to QoS for offering us use of the club bar and promoting the campaign across its website and match day programme. 

Groups like the Queens Trust are the very lifeblood of our game and we were delighted with the support we received. Daniel Gray is one of the brightest writing talents in the country and his words and reflections on the highs and lows of the game always chime with genuine football fans. His childlike enthusiasm as he had the chance to play on the Palmerston turf made my night!

The purpose of this tour is to remind people that the vast majority of football fans are decent people and we can be rivals on the pitch without being enemies off it. We’d like to thank the Queens Trust for getting behind this event and helping show the real face of Scottish football.