For the first time ever a gay male footballer has played on the hallowed ground of Wembley Stadium was when Liam Davis, who plays for Cleethorpes Town stepped on the turf in the FA Vase final on Sunday 21 May. Playing for his home town club, Cleethorpes Town, in the tenth tier of English football he made football history. With the exception of the ill-fated Justin Fashanu, no other English footballer has come out whilst he is still playing professionally. However, as Liam himself points out, he plays at a very different level and feels that playing in a non-league team is more relaxed whereas further up the ladder it is a far more pressured environment.
Liam says that he has never experienced any abuse or problems in the changing rooms and hopes that he may be an example to others to have the courage to be true to themselves. He has come out to his team mates at every club he has ever played with. Whilst he does not think that he should dictate who should or should not come out, but he hopes that there are plenty more who may eventually take the step, including some players at a high level who will be role models for young people.
Homophobia in football is well known and until the FA, Premier League and Football Association get behind a campaign to stamp out this completely unacceptable situation, in the same way they have done with racism, it will continue to flourish and be considered acceptable by the rank and file of supporters as well as some of the players and managers.