Neville Southall becomes patron for LGBT+ campaign group Just A Ball Game?
Last Updated: 08/11/17 11:42am
Former Wales and Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has become a patron of LGBT+ campaign group Just A Ball Game?
The 59-year-old, who won a record 92 international caps for his country and was made an MBE in 1995, has become a straight ally ambassador for JBG?, who have been working since 2010 to help build a more inclusive football community for LGBT+ people and to combat discrimination and homophobia in the sport.
Southall has also become a patron for Bradford City's LGBT+ fan group, having had a short but memorable spell as a player at Valley Parade in 2000. He became the fourth oldest player in Premier League history when he turned out in the Bantams' 2-1 home defeat by Leeds United in March of that year.
On his new roles, he said: "I think it's important that the football community and the LGBT+ community talk more, and maybe I can help?"
Southall has become something of a social media sensation in recent weeks, engaging with fellow Twitter users on LGBT issues and amassing over 100,000 followers in the process.
Just become straight ally ambassador for Just Ball Game charity which deals with LGBT issues— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) November 3, 2017
And Bradford city LGBT+ fan group
"I think it's only a matter of time that a footballer will come out," he added. "With the work of charities like Just A Ball Game?, we hope to make it a better environment to help that happen."
Just A Ball Game? founder Lindsay England said: "Neville is a fantastic addition to the LGBT+ and straight alliance for both our JBG? educational campaign work, and raising the profile of the LGBT fan group at Bradford City."