Stanley assistant boss tells of 'humiliation' at hands of stewards

Stanley assistant boss tells of 'humiliation' at hands of stewards

Stanley assistant boss tells of 'humiliation' at hands of stewards

. . . and start wrestling with the Stanley assistant manager. . .

. . . bringing him crashing unceremoniously to the turf. . .

. . . before Stanley’s chief executive, Rob Heys, intervenes

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ACCRINGTON Stanley’s assistant manager Jimmy Bell said he was ‘publicly humiliated’ after being wrestled to the floor by five stewards in a bizarre incident.

Mr Bell had been walking over to applaud the 186 ‘absolutely magnificent’ travelling Stanley supporters for their vocal support during the 5-1 defeat at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

But as he approached the fans, who had come in various fancy dress outfits, he was tackled by club stewards.

It prompted a pitch invasion by some of the Accrington supporters, dressed as Fred Flintstone, Batman and Robin, who came to Bell’s aid as chaos broke out in front of 3,800 stunned supporters.

Mr Bell said he had a bruised throat after being struck by a steward’s knee in the melee.

The Football Association has launched an investigation. Mr Bell said he would be making a complaint to police once the FA inquiry was complete.

He said: “I had my friends and family at the game, my two sons were in the crowd and had to witness this absolutely disgraceful, totally unprovoked incident.

“I was publicly humiliated.

Mr Bell said that CCTV footage of the incident was being sent to the FA and that referee Oliver Langford would be including it in his report.

“I’ve no idea why it happened. The fans had been fantastic and I went over to the ref at the end of the game, shook his hand, then took four or five strides towards the away fans.

“John Coleman was 30 yards or so ahead of me, but I was confronted by a steward who said I couldn’t go over.

“I told him that I was and he started shouting for assistance. The next thing I knew five men were jumping on me and I was manhandled to the floor.

“It was absurd. All I wanted to do was applaud the fans who were absolutely magnificent in their fancy dress and doing the conga.

“Instead I had Fred Flintstone, Batman and Robin jumping out of the crowd to help me. Rob Heys (Stanley’s chief executive) ran out of the stands when he saw what was going on."

A spokesman for the FA said they would wait on receiving the referee’s report, which should arrive at FA headquarters by Monday or Tuesday.

He said: “If the referee’s report brings an incident to light, we’ll investigate further and look at any available evidence.”

No-one at Crewe Alexandra was available for comment.

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9:02pm Sun 25 Apr 10

blackburn south says...

Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates.
Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates. blackburn south
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9:26pm Sun 25 Apr 10

MIKEOXLONGER says...

blackburn south wrote:
Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates.
Then I presume that for 3 years the average home attendance at a rovers game would be in line with the average fans I.Q...... about 6 !!!!
[quote][p][bold]blackburn south[/bold] wrote: Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates.[/p][/quote]Then I presume that for 3 years the average home attendance at a rovers game would be in line with the average fans I.Q...... about 6 !!!! MIKEOXLONGER
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7:45am Mon 26 Apr 10

makaveli96 says...

blackburn south wrote:
Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates.
Theres only one way round this!

Take Blackburn/Darwen/Acc
y back!

Why do we have to be ruled by southerners!

We should have our own town with its own rules!

Pure and simple everytime.

Lets get the town walls up and tell them enoughs enough!
[quote][p][bold]blackburn south[/bold] wrote: Why can`t these idiots think for themselves? Talk about being brainwashed. The pitch was covered in Wolves fans after the Rovers game. If that had been at Ewood they would have all recieved a three year ban from the towns magistrates.[/p][/quote]Theres only one way round this! Take Blackburn/Darwen/Acc y back! Why do we have to be ruled by southerners! We should have our own town with its own rules! Pure and simple everytime. Lets get the town walls up and tell them enoughs enough! makaveli96
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1:10pm Mon 26 Apr 10

accstan says...

Exactly what have these comments to do with the story above them? For 'blackburn south's information the only idiots at Crewe were their stewards who acted in the most unprofessional way I have ever seen in all my years of watching Stanley.
They provoked the reaction by the Stanley fans, some of them were even making 'come on' gestures to us before the invasion, which was only done in an attempt to go to the aid of Jimmy Bell who had done nothing wrong.
These 'officials' should be named & shamed and made to publicly apologise to Jimmy & Stanley - their actions were outrageuos & completely unnecessary
Exactly what have these comments to do with the story above them? For 'blackburn south's information the only idiots at Crewe were their stewards who acted in the most unprofessional way I have ever seen in all my years of watching Stanley. They provoked the reaction by the Stanley fans, some of them were even making 'come on' gestures to us before the invasion, which was only done in an attempt to go to the aid of Jimmy Bell who had done nothing wrong. These 'officials' should be named & shamed and made to publicly apologise to Jimmy & Stanley - their actions were outrageuos & completely unnecessary accstan
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5:22pm Mon 26 Apr 10

blackburn south says...

That`s what I mean the stewards are brainwashed idiots who can`t think for themselves. They`ve been told not to let anybody go on the pitch - they`re not capable of using any discretion.
That`s what I mean the stewards are brainwashed idiots who can`t think for themselves. They`ve been told not to let anybody go on the pitch - they`re not capable of using any discretion. blackburn south
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5:46pm Mon 26 Apr 10

accstan says...

I apologise. blackburn south, I misread your comment, probably cos I was still outraged by what we witnessed on Saturday.
Even if they'd mistaken Jimmy for a fan, their treatment of him was way over the top, really hope we can get the cctv footage shown to the FA.
It spoiled what had been a brilliant day (despite the result)
I apologise. blackburn south, I misread your comment, probably cos I was still outraged by what we witnessed on Saturday. Even if they'd mistaken Jimmy for a fan, their treatment of him was way over the top, really hope we can get the cctv footage shown to the FA. It spoiled what had been a brilliant day (despite the result) accstan
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10:00am Tue 27 Apr 10

Arrpi says...

makaveli96 wrote:
Why do we have to be ruled by southerners!


Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job?

Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything.
makaveli96 wrote: Why do we have to be ruled by southerners! Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job? Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything. Arrpi
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11:07am Tue 27 Apr 10

jaysay says...

Arrpi wrote:
makaveli96 wrote: Why do we have to be ruled by southerners! Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job? Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything.
Well I've only two words to say to your comments and the second one is OFF
[quote][p][bold]Arrpi[/bold] wrote: makaveli96 wrote: Why do we have to be ruled by southerners! Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job? Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything.[/p][/quote]Well I've only two words to say to your comments and the second one is OFF jaysay
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2:13pm Tue 27 Apr 10

The Prodigal Son Returns says...

Arrpi wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
Why do we have to be ruled by southerners!


Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job?

Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything.
t`**** off
[quote][p][bold]Arrpi[/bold] wrote: makaveli96 wrote: Why do we have to be ruled by southerners! Because maybe these Southerners may possibly be more qualified for the job? Besides we speak the Queen's English! None of these Northern mannerisms of missing every other word and putting t' in front of everything.[/p][/quote]t`**** off The Prodigal Son Returns
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