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    Hartlepool United.

    Posted by Darron McDonut ate my hamster on 28/6/2020, 23:21:04

    Have removed all flags and signs that reference the term 'monkey hangers' as it could be taken as being racist. Everybody knows it isn't. The world has gone mad.

      Re: Hartlepool United.

      Posted by Andy Cappucino on 28/6/2020, 23:37:45, in reply to "Hartlepool United."

      But it's not just football, the people of Hartlepool thought the monkey was a French spy!

        Re: Hartlepool United.

        Posted by The Outsider on 28/6/2020, 23:28:00, in reply to "Hartlepool United."

        Have you got a link to this story as there is nothing on the Hartlepool OS or anywhere else that I can see?

          Re: Hartlepool United.

          Posted by Darron McDonut ate my hamster on 28/6/2020, 23:30:56, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

          Only happened today but their supporters groups have been posting on Facebook about it.

            Re: Hartlepool United.

            Posted by The Outsider on 28/6/2020, 23:48:37, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

            No, still can't find any mention of it and their OS clearly still has references to the nickname as do various social media sites.

              Re: Hartlepool United.

              Posted by Nick PBH on 29/6/2020, 0:07:50, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

              MBWLdurhamDeerFlag of European UnionFlag of Scotland
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              is it true the rumour, that I am gearing the club as taken down all the flags with a monkey or monkey hangers on them..If this it true, you need to get then back, it ss not racist, it is folk tale, nothing in it, says it is racist, what next ban hangus.


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              will we be getting an official statement on the removal of the monkey hangers flags from the ground?

              Only things I can find on it.

              I`m fairly sure kevin nicholls got arrested in the aftermath of the kettle game. I know this as a women in the pub was telling everyone as she had heard it. I also know that when a listed building housing a club owned by harry redknapp burnt down during the 2011 riots there was major looting going on in the town centre. A woman nearby was telling people this as she had got a phone call about it... ( I can confirm the fire part..and can confirm there were a few teenagers heading down to the area in hoodies in boiling hot weather as well...)

          Re: Hartlepool United.

          Posted by EastEnder on 28/6/2020, 23:27:15, in reply to "Hartlepool United."

          Hanging a monkey thinking it was a French spy is maybe a poor best thing to celebrate your town for though?

            Re: Hartlepool United.

            Posted by Darron McDonut ate my hamster on 28/6/2020, 23:31:47, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

            Nobody has had a problem with it in the past though.

              Re: Hartlepool United.

              Posted by EastEnder on 28/6/2020, 23:33:03, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

              Might not be racist but it's still a pretty shit claim to fame for a town.

                Re: Hartlepool United.

                Posted by Nick PBH on 29/6/2020, 0:01:35, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

                According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor from the ship was a monkey, allegedly dressed in a French army uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey on the beach, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey must be a French spy.[2] Being found guilty, the animal was duly sentenced to death and was summarily hanged on the beach

                The most similar tale, from 1772, centres on Boddam, near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

                Villagers supposedly hanged a monkey as it was the only survivor of a shipwreck - no survivors meant they could claim salvage rights.

                And monkeys were also said to have been killed in the Cornish village Mevagissey, and Chalvey near Slough (in that case the unfortunate primate was an organ-grinder's monkey that bit a child).

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                A Few mentions on twitter about it. Could be on of those stories just started that people bite on. Would be rather silly if the stories are true. I would say a town celebrating its own stupidity at the time, but 150 years previous people were being burn as witches - so its tricky to adjust modern logic to historical legends (give it 200 years and who knows what history will make of this period where statues were drowned, and people ate bats triggering a worldwide virus, with an orange baboon leading a country..). If it is true it is somewhat ludicrous though. I really hope its not as that would be the ultimate (so far) example of people removing something that isn`t offensive on the off chance someone decides that it could be..

                  Re: Hartlepool United.

                  Posted by Darron McDonut ate my hamster on 28/6/2020, 23:36:04, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

                  I like it. It's quirky.

                    Re: Hartlepool United.

                    Posted by CLINT on 29/6/2020, 0:10:14, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

                    My grandma was born in Hartlepool in 1870 and she told me it was true as she knew people who actually witnessed the deed.

                      Re: Hartlepool United.

                      Posted by sloopy on 29/6/2020, 7:03:52, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."

                      crumpsall will probably remember it

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