End Of Season Crowd Trouble Blues – Part One


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Cuccir says:

    Perhaps ensuring that the season doesn’t end on the bank holiday weekend would be a step in the right direction? In many parts of the country the May Bank Holiday is a four day drinking binge – its too short and too close to Easter/Whit for most people to be able to afford a holiday, so you have folk with nowt to do from Friday evening to Tuesday morning. Violence isn’t only to do with booze, but drinking certainly helps!

    Having key matches at this time of year is unavoidable, and its difficult to fit everything in in a World Cup year, but perhaps in future play-off games (esp. second legs) and final day matches should be avoided over the three days of May Bank Holiday weekend.

  2. Paul says:

    With regard to Luton fans, they caused problems by encroaching on the pitch after the previous weekend’s match at Rushden & Diamonds who had paid £18,000 upfront for Bedfordshire’s finest to prevent any trouble yet failed to prevent them heading for the home terrace but fortunately not one Diamonds fan went on the pitch. The Luton yobs then preceeded to damage the crossbar of the goal at the away end.

    A Diamonds fan sitting behind Mr Owen in the Directors’s area complained about Luton fans behaviour but was told to f**k off by Owen.
    Is it any wonder he’s now trying to play down yesterday’s disgraceful scenes at Kenilworth Road?
    Enough said!

  3. Jim Waterson says:

    There were idiots at Kenilworth Road but I desperately hope this doesn’t lead to some backlash and suggestions that we start over-policing football fans.

    And I hope we get promoted this time. Because a return Luton v York fixture wouldn’t be much fun.

    My take on events: http://thisispop.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/luton-town-v-york-city/

  4. Dunduks says:

    I only hope Owls&Luton incidents will not change da facto allowed end-of-season pitch invasion while it’s peaceful.

    Hoprfully Jim isn’t only one who thinks “This afternoon has made the headlines but amazingly no one seemed to be seriously injured and the worst thing was a few head wounds, some needless destruction and some very tearful kids. The police/stewards were woefully under prepared but reacted well to the situation.”

  5. Bill says:

    Get yer riot gear, Luton Town are here!

  6. Andy says:

    The media furore this week has been astounding, how many were killed at the Luton play off disaster? Media frenzy at its worst, it makes me sick

    As for Rushden, the fans were celebrating a successful end to the regular season in their traditional way, get over it

    Strange that I haven’t read anything about Luton fans getting jumped at Oxford earlier this season, or even the incident where about 100 odd York fans started on a handful of Luton lads up there last week after the first leg but then it’s not surprising I suppose, the media doesn’t like Luton FC unless they can sensationalise something or other, it’s mutual

  7. Micky F says:

    The behaviour of those fans who threw things and tried to attack the York players was disgusting and I hope they are caught, prosecuted and banned for life. Having said that despite what 90% of the correspondents in cyberspace seem to think this is not just a Luton Town problem so the calls for point deductions and the like are completely OTT and in view of their recent history a bit spiteful. This is not even just an English problem, there isn’t a country in the world which hasn’t experienced this type of hooliganism at some point in time. I live in Australia and a lot of the football clubs here are ethnic-based, barely a month goes by without reports of fighting between Greek and Italian or Serbian and Croatian supporters.

    What I’m saying is that this is a big problem that transcends national boundaries and football is not the cause of the problem, it is just the medium through which these thugs get their kicks. If you closed down Luton Town tomorrow a lot of them would just go and follow another club so as long as they could get involved in a ruck and satisfy their lust for violence. I think we’ve all got a bit complacent in recent years thinking that the problems of the 1970’s and 80’s had disappeared when in reality it’d merely been dormant.

    Is it just a coincidence that trouble is flaring again when Britain is going through a bad recession? Luton is a town that has suffered more than most over the past few years and there are a lot of social problems there. I’m not excusing their behaviour but is it merely coincidence that the clubs with the worst hooligan problems come from the most socially-deprived areas?

    I think that the Football authorities need to take a different tack at tackling hooliganism, they need to start working in conjunction with the government, police, supporters groups and the clubs to come up with effective strategies rather than trying to handle it with the FA rule book. Point deductions and fines don’t deter hooligans.

  8. BBL says:

    Luton fans getting jumped at Oxford? Are you sure mate? There were plenty of Luton “lads” calling the Oxford boys on, and then when it was too late they realised they had bitten off more than they could chew and some of them got a good hiding. Oh well, some you win some you lose lol.

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