The Daily Sport and its sister paper The Sunday Sport have folded, prompting tears across building sites and school dormitories up and down the country. The Sunday Sport was launched in 1986 with the daily edition following in 1991, and each, over the past 20-odd years or so have provided some entertaining headlines if nothing else.
The journalistic integrity and news items carried by these esteemed publications was at times ‘questionable’ with one notable example being the headline “Aliens Turned Our Son Into A Fish Finger”, but they did tap into a market eager for celebrity gossip and soft pornography. At its peak the Daily Sport’s circulation stood at 190,000.
The finger of blame for their demise can be pointed either at the fact that this is now the 21st Century and perhaps people don’t believe that the sort of things on show in these papers should, well, be on show, or at the general decline in newspaper circulations. The reality is that the internet has made it possible for those with a thirst for celebrity news and the odd bit of titillation, as it were, to look elsewhere without the need to visit the newsagent and buy a copy (along with some other groceries to make it look like you weren’t going in just for the Sunday Sport).
In some ways though, the papers will be missed, if only for the sheer entertainment value and wit. The ability to be witty is a very British thing, clearly seen by some of the comments left on the BBC website about this very story. My favourites include:
* Trashes to trashes, bust to bust.
* Was in the gutter; now down the drain.
* Shame, it used to fit perfectly inside my copy of the Times.
* Sad day for newspaper delivery boys up and down the country.
* No nudes is good nudes.
These papers are the first to fold since Rupert Murdoch closed the Today newspaper in 1995. And while some may mourn their passing, at least the world won’t be exposed (ahem) to any more headlines such as:
WOMAN PREGNANT FOR 65 YEARS GIVES BIRTH TO A PENSIONER!
LOVESICK GARDENER MARRIES LETTUCE
WORLD WAR II BOMBER FOUND ON MOON..
…followed by the subsequent headline in the next issue…
WORLD WAR II BOMBER ON MOON VANISHES!
Bit of a shame really.