THE first adult football match with no heading is to take place later this month in Spennymoor.

It will be fascinating to see how it looks, because football needs to take the issue of head safety seriously.

It is true that the game has changed enormously since the head injuries now linked to dementia in older players were inflicted. For a start, a punishing leather ball has been replaced, and there is much greater medical attention available.

But even so, you do not have to be a head injuries specialist to think that it cannot do a centre back much good to be clearing towering goalkeepers’ kicks with his head throughout his career from a young age.

The money raised in the Spennymoor match will go to researching the problem, and that is good.

Football shouldn’t be scared of where that research might lead it. The great game has evolved hugely in recent decades. Ron “Chopper” Harris would no longer be allowed to play, and few can argue that the brutality of the 1960s and 1970s has any place on a modern football pitch.

Cutting out dangerous tackling has changed the nature of the game, but it hasn’t harmed its appeal. Indeed, exciting, talented players like Jack Grealish perhaps need greater protection.

Medical evidence needs to help football ensure all of its players face a safe future.