Sportsong of the Week #28


"Fashanu"

Elephants and Castles

2014

Sportsong of the Week #28 is the catchy debut single from English indie band Elephants and Castles: Fashanu. It tells the story of Justin Fashanu, Britain's first million pound black player and the first footballer to disclose he was gay, and took his own life in 1998.

Three-piece band Elephants and Castles hope their song Fashanu will help tell his story to a new audience. Singer and guitarist Robin Spencer said: “Today in an an era where high profile sports stars such as [diver] Tom Daley, [American football star] Michael Sam and [rugby player] Gareth Thomas are open about their sexuality, Justin’s story should not be forgotten, it should be told.”

Justin Fashanu was born to a Nigerian barrister and a Guyanese nurse. He began his football career as an apprentice with Norwich City, turning professional in 1978. Fashanu scored 40 goals for the Canaries – including his famous strike against Liverpool in 1980 – in 103 appearances between 1979 and 1981. He became Britain’s first £1m black footballer when he transferred to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in 1981, and was the first player to come out as gay in an interview with the tabloid press in 1990. There was a subsequent backlash in a climate of prejudice, and he became a target of crowd abuse and struggled to get a full-time contract. He took his own life at a block of garages in Shoreditch in 1998.

Justin Fashanu was the first in many groundbreaking events in sports. Unfortanetely it did not make him totally happen in the end. So listen to the song in tribute!

Full lyrics "Fashanu" - Elephants and Castles

Be brave now sunshine

They're gonna let you down

New love will push you

You'll be the talk of the town

No one go near you

A shooting star to fade

Lost in the forrest

A loveless serenade

Too much

It's over

Too tired

It's over now

It's over now

Who ever knew you?

We recognize your face

All smile and substance

But always out of place

Who ever knew you?

A story from the past

Be brave now sunshine

You were the first and last

Too much

It's over

Too tired

It's over now

It's over now

It's over

You are the first

and one and only

You are the first

and one and only

Live life fast

die lost and lonely

Live life fast

die lost and lonely

Over your shoulder

a million pound

Over your shoulder

a million pound

Now

It's over

Now

It's over

Now

It's over

Now

A million pound

Over your shoulder

a million pound

Over your shoulder

a million pound

Over your shoulder

a million pound

Over your shoulder

a million pound


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