Tag: Millwall

Did The Police Get West Ham vs Millwall Wrong?

The most glib response that one can give to the issue of football hooliganism is to say that it has simply gone away for good. Anybody that regularly goes to matches will know fully well that it is constantly there, bubbling away under the surface and waiting for an opportunity to raise its head. As clubs, the game’s authorities and the police themselves are often more than eager to tell us, the success that has been had in tackling the issue in and around stadia – the area in which there is no dispute that clubs have to take responsibility for the behaviour of those claiming to support the clubs – has been largely due to more sophisticated stewarding and policing methods. The days of penning people in, caging them up and hoping for the best ended with Hillsborough. Policing attitudes, they tell us, have changed. Or did they? We’ve written on here about the police treatment of football supporters several times over the last three¬† years, with incidents involving Stoke City and Sunderland supporters recently making headlines for police decisions that have given the impression of ranging from something approaching contempt for travelling supporters to decisions that have seemed to betray a lack of experience and complacency in dealing with potentially troublesome situations.¬† It is not implausible to argue that these factors – contempt and complacency – were...

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Match Of The Midweek: West Ham United 3-1 Millwall

The League Cup Second Round is probably the least inspiring week of the early part of the new season. In front of swathes of empty tip-up seats, youth and reserve team players half-heartedly play out matches that no-one really wants to be involved in. On the pitch tonight, West Ham United won this match. After falling behind to a first half goal, West Ham took until three minutes from what should have been the end of normal time before finding an equaliser before winning the match with two goals in extra time. A less than inspiring night’s work, then, for West Ham, but they are at least through to the next round. Millwall, on the other hand, can head off to their corner of east London with a shred of pride still intact, having they managed to push a Premier League club to within an inch of its League Cup life. That’s not what you’re here for, though, is it? You’re here to either to see me bang on in the manner of a retired army general, waffling through my walrus moustache about bringing back National Service and the birch like Stanley Rous on valium, or to see me getting furiously over-excited about a few hundred Danny-Dyer-a-likes throwing wanker signs at each other and charging at each other, lobbing coins around. There are rumours circulating that this has been...

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Crowd Trouble At Millwall vs Leeds United – No Surprises There, Then

It comes as no great surprise that there was crowd trouble at the match between Millwall and Leeds United on Saturday, but this doesn’t make another flaring of violence any more depressing. The timeline for these activities has become fairly predictable. The clubs’ supporters spend a week or two getting themselves worked up on social networking sites and message boards. Then, on the day, there are enormous amounts of rather feeble looking posturing, a few things get thrown around and everybody sings vile songs about each other. In the case of Millwall and Leeds, Millwall sing songs about Istanbul and Leeds sing songs about Neil Harris’ testicles. At the end of it all, everybody goes home and fulminates over how the other side is “scum”, seemingly without realising that they have more in common with each other than either side would like to admit. The one things that Leeds and Millwall have in common more than anything else is a bunker mentality that is best summed up by the familiar Millwall song: “no-one likes us, we don’t care”. Ironically, however, the “no-one likes us” part is something that supporters of both clubs could probably do something about if they chose to, but the “we don’t care” part indicates that they have no particular desire to improve their image or, more importantly, their actual behaviour. The reaction of Millwall would...

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