'The victorious team at Leith Dockers Club celebrate their win
The victorious team at Leith Dockers Club celebrate their win

10 February 2016

The first two dates of Nil by Mouth’s ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ Tour have been a great success with fans flocking to attend the events in Leith and Ayrshire.

The tour kicked off in a crowded room at Leith Dockers Club on Friday 29th January as TV Presenter and writer Daniel Gray enthralled the audience with readings from his cult Scottish football book Stramash before taking part in a  ‘Q&A’ with journalist, broadcaster and Hibernian FC Historian Simon Pia. There then followed an excellent football quiz devised by Daniel with more than 10 teams pitting their wits against each other.  On Wednesday 3rd February the Mauchline Kilmarnock Supporters Club in East Ayrshire played host to the tour and thanks to excellent support from local team Mauchline United a good turn-out enjoyed an evening of football, fun and free Killie Pies!

The events are part of a nationwide ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ tour which seeks to highlight the positive impact football makes on communities across Scotland. Support from the Scottish Government has ensured that these events are free of charge and refreshments are provided.  The tour will roll into Bellshill this evening in conjunction with fans groups Supporters Direct Scotland.

Players and officials from Mauchline Utd ponder the quiz round on ' Gaffers'
Players and officials from Mauchline Utd ponder the quiz round on ‘Gaffers’

Commenting on the first week of the tour Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

“We’ve been thrilled with the response from fans to the tour and pleased that many have told us they think it’s exactly the type of event which will allow fans to engage better with our work. Football can be part of the solution to this problem if we are willing to work with fans and genuinely listen to their views we can make progress. That is why we are calling on all SPFL clubs to ballot all their season ticket holders on introducing ‘strict liability’ into the game. The fans are not just the heart and soul of the game but also its strongest economic stakeholder. If they don’t pay for tickets, merchandise or take out costly television subscriptions the game will flounder. That’s why we are asking the game to put the question to the real fans and let the silent majority have their say.”