Newspaper Headline: ‘A moment for change’

In this football language post we look at a headline, ‘A moment for change’ from the Guardian newspaper

Newspaper Headline: 'A moment for change'In this football language post we look at the headline, ‘A moment for change‘ from the Guardian newspaper (June 9th 2020) about the football reaction to the Black Lives Matter campaign. Explanations of some of the vocabulary (in bold) can be found at the end of the report. You can see more explanations of newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

Newspaper Headline: ‘A moment for change’

This headline is taken from the Guardian newspaper (June 9th 2020) and is a quote from the England manager Gareth Southgate about the current situation involving racism and football. The main headline is a quote from Southgate, ‘A moment for change’ which is a rallying call from the England manager – he thinks that it is now time (‘the moment’) to make changes in the game with respect to giving more opportunities to black coaches and managers (‘for change’). The headline appears at the top and in the middle of the page and acts as a frame to two different stories below: Southgate’s interview which has ‘End white privilege in football’ as its title and former Brighton manager Chris Hughton’s interview which has ‘Sterling right to speak out‘.

Southgate’s headline relates to the fact that so few players from a BAME background move into coaching or managing football sides and the England manager has demanded change. He feels that black players are disadvantaged and that white players are less so. This is a strong – and welcome – position from the manager of the national football team. In the second article, the ex-manager of Brighton, Chris Hughton, defends Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling’s comments about why some former black players do not have the same route or pathway to management as their white counterparts. Hughton uses the verb ‘to speak out’ here which means to make a statement in public – to openly show your opinions and ideas. These two articles are important in the ongoing discussion and hopefully may help to raise awareness and to bring about change.


a rallying call: A way of trying to unite people or to bring people together

privilege: Special rights or advantages

to speak out: To make a statement in public – to openly show your opinions and ideas

BAME background: BAME is an acronym which stands for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

are disadvantaged: People who do not have the same access or chances as others

counterparts: Their colleagues, supposedly at the same level

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