Discussion in 'Pure Football' started by changchina, Nov 3, 2011.
First time I have seen that video mind
Could have quite easily been another Hillsbourgh before the tragedy even happened
Very easily and the papers were bang out of order saying we were rioting
Theres a surprise, what was the true story them marra?
I was at the game,there was no rioting,York City just couldn't handle the support we took down
We were crushed. Feet werent even touching the ground and we HAD to get onto the pitch or we would have been fucked. We had police and officials telling us to get back into the stand and everyone was becoming more and more frustrated, a york executive took a smack iirc. Ok once on the pitch some were a bit high spirited but it was never a riot
that was decent but small time compared to the mid 70's game. at least double the numbers and with that much going on around sometimes forgot there was a match being played. as it happens there wasn't much violence/resistance and the police had just given up anyway. it was uncontrollable.
checked the youtube video and i think i recognise one of the lads in the last b&w still photo. might be wrong but it could be a young looking A** who used to travel with the shields branch sometimes.
If it was the mags they would be invading the pitch to cure Cancer !
i was at that match too; thankfully we moved into the seats
I was at that match as well. very frightening thought I might be crushed.
Totally irresponsible stewards and police and then press!
My ticket didn't even get out of my back pocket for 2 reasons.
It was impossible to reach into my pocket due to the crush outside
The big blue gates were opened to let loads in without tickets
Fuck knows what would have happened had the terrace been steeper/bigger
I was round to the side where the cameras where and the crush wasn't as bad there as everyone seemed to be getting more and more crushed behind the goal towards the centre, I was pretty young at the time but I do remember it being completely bonkers. I also remember going to Chesterfield that season and couldn't believe the celebrations when we scored, absolute mayhem and we were all packed in then as well but nowhere near as badly as we were in York.
I'm not sure many clubs in that division were ever ready for the numbers we took to pretty much all of the away games, it was bedlam at just about every game
What about the Sunderland supporters giving tickets to folk over the wall?
That happened but on a tiny scale compared to the thousands who came down.
At one point a mate of ours in the queue outside, Duncan, looked up at a mounted officer and said, "'Scuse me marra, yer cuddy's eating me jacket."
He was anarl but Dunc couldn't move out of the way.
We were in the seats in the main stand near to where the TV camera was positioned. I remember Roger Tames looking terrified when all the Sunderland fans started climbing up as he wasn't exactly popular amongst us at the time.
The double exit gate in the corner was open when we arrived at the ground and fans were just walking in whether they had tickets or not. Also remember the pissed up fan climbing to the top of the floodlight after the game had finished.
Travelled down with my dad and a couple of his work mates, drinking ouzo and whisky out of sample jars for some reason. Couldn't believe the numbers we had down there.
Rubbish game though. Seem to remember we had a fella called Doug Maguire on loan from Celtic playing. I remember also hearing on the radio on the way back that we were rioting. All I can remember is people climbing up on top of the toilet blocks or something like that. I can't remember being frightened or anything but maybe I wasn't in the thick of it.
There would have been more room.
How many safc supporters where down there at a guess?
It says 5k on the vid.
Mate of mine was arrested on the pitch and got banned from attending for a season. He wasn't going to tell his parents but when he came downstairs for breakfast with them in the morning there was the Sunday Sun and a full front page photo of him with his fist in the air under a headline along the lines of Roker Fans on Rampage
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