Speaking passionately post-Paris terrorist attacks, at the Middlesex Wanderers AFC dinner, FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, spoke about a picture painting a thousand words and the power of the images of French and English players arm-in-arm singing the French national anthem with the Wembley arch lit up in red, white and blue. A spirit of solidarity which sent out a message to terrorists: ‘You’re not going to win because we will not be beaten.’
Greg Dyke went on to quote the great Nelson Mandela:
“Sport has the power to change the world.
“It has the power to inspire.
“It has the power to unite people that little else does.
“Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”
Dyke continued passionately by saying ‘Never were those words more appropriate than on that wet and windy, but ultimately uplifting, Tuesday night.’