BURNLEY COLUMN: On the buses - but derby show is no joke

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

‘HOW often are we going to get treated like common hooligans’ It was a perfectly reasonable question from a perfectly reasonable Burnley shareholder and season ticket holder, but – more importantly – human being.

The query came in context during Monday’s night’s annual general meeting.

But even had it not been, everyone would have known the topic on the fan’s lips ... the regimental commute to the derby.

It is a sad indictment of flashpoints of previous fixtures that it has come to this. One in particular.

There were ugly scenes in Burnley town centre on Sunday December 17, 2000, after the Clarets had gone down 2-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers.

An ugly scene on the pitch was accused of sparking it, after Kevin Ball was sent off for an eye-wateringly high and dangerous challenge on David Dunn.

Emotions and tensions ran high in the 90 minutes, and spilled over afterwards as bottles, coins and traffic cones were thrown at police. Then when offenders were prevented from attacking coaches carrying Rovers fans, those vandals turned on the shops and trashed them, causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

There was looting, and 20 arrests, with 16 going on to face charges of public order offences.

Twelve years on, it remains fresh in the memory, particularly of the police, and the reason why away supporters can now only attend this famous feisty fixture if they travel en masse on official coaches direct from one ground to the other.

That has meant Burnley fans who live closer to Blackburn or Preston, for example, having to go miles out of their way, and vice versa, or not go at all.

Yet while this ‘bubble’ cuts out of the risk of trouble, it does not stop it completely.

During the Clarets’ Premier League season sets of rival fans planned a fight at a pub on the outskirts of Blackburn.

If someone wants trouble, they will find it.

Most people don’t, however. Yet it is the majority that are being ‘punished’ because of a few perpetrators of previous crimes. The ‘bubble’ doesn’t seem set to burst. But with the very real prospect that this derby will take place again next season (and perhaps for years to come – who knows?) then surely these restrictions cannot continue for the foreseeable future.

These measures aren’t needed for the Manchester or Merseyside derbies.

Even Cardiff and Bristol City have loosened the reins.

Perhaps familiarity doesn’t breed contempt after all.

Asked if the situation was under review, re-appointed Burnley director Clive Holt said: “It’s a real hot potato. Burnley and Blackburn is very intense, and regretfully some grown men disgrace themselves.

“It’s only a football match, albeit a very important one.

“It’s that minority that cause us all the problems.

“If everyone can control themselves, I’m sure the police would be more than happy to look at it.

“There were eight arrests in the last match, and if it stays at those levels a few more times, there are more reasons not to have all the bussing back and forwards.

“But there have been previous occasions where our fans broke windows in their own town – it’s a football match, we lost – I wasn’t happy either, but didn’t go round vandalising.

“Surely we are civilised?

“If we can prove that, things may change.”

If fans aren’t happy with the current arrangements – and so they shouldn’t be – it’s up to them to prove they can be changed.

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10:37am Thu 20 Dec 12

merlinrabbit says...

I wouldnt feel safe driving and parking up and walking to Turf Moor to watch Rovers or travelling by public transport. It does seem a ridiculous way to be forced to travel to a football match but those who trashed their own town are responsible for it. Burnley FC needn't worry. After the next game at Ewood, there wont be another for a while. Rovers will be in League 1 next season.
I wouldnt feel safe driving and parking up and walking to Turf Moor to watch Rovers or travelling by public transport. It does seem a ridiculous way to be forced to travel to a football match but those who trashed their own town are responsible for it. Burnley FC needn't worry. After the next game at Ewood, there wont be another for a while. Rovers will be in League 1 next season. merlinrabbit
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10:38am Thu 20 Dec 12

AndyW says...

Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing.

Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers.
Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.
Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing. Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers. Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65. AndyW
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11:25am Thu 20 Dec 12

chrssgreen says...

AndyW wrote:
Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing. Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers. Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.
I remember a bunch of brain dead morons smashing the seats on their last visit toTurf Moor. Talk about shameless and embarrassing.
[quote][p][bold]AndyW[/bold] wrote: Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing. Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers. Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.[/p][/quote]I remember a bunch of brain dead morons smashing the seats on their last visit toTurf Moor. Talk about shameless and embarrassing. chrssgreen
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11:52am Thu 20 Dec 12

TodClaret says...

AndyW wrote:
Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing.

Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers.
Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.
You obviously don't go to football much if you think rovers don't have trouble makers in their ranks. Unfortunately the majority of football clubs have a hardcore following of idiots who call themselves "fans". I'm all for a good atmosphere in the ground but that's it.
Lets keep the rivalry going in the ground verbally rather than physically. As much as I don't like rovers, I certainly wouldn't wish any harm on their supporters just for attending a football match.
Unfortunately there are idiots on both sides and while violence is still a threat, the proper fans will have to stay on the buses
[quote][p][bold]AndyW[/bold] wrote: Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing. Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers. Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't go to football much if you think rovers don't have trouble makers in their ranks. Unfortunately the majority of football clubs have a hardcore following of idiots who call themselves "fans". I'm all for a good atmosphere in the ground but that's it. Lets keep the rivalry going in the ground verbally rather than physically. As much as I don't like rovers, I certainly wouldn't wish any harm on their supporters just for attending a football match. Unfortunately there are idiots on both sides and while violence is still a threat, the proper fans will have to stay on the buses TodClaret
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11:54am Thu 20 Dec 12

midas says...

I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn.
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Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans!
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What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans.
.
Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message!
I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn. . Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans! . What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans. . Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message! midas
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12:04pm Thu 20 Dec 12

hasslem hasslem says...

midas wrote:
I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn.
.
Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans!
.
What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans.
.
Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message!
midas, the way my mob are going we may not have a club by the next derby.

our only hope is if billy smart or p.t. barnum buys us.

i understand other supporters' schadenfreude but we are a total embarrassment at the moment. what is shocking is how quickly it all imploded.
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn. . Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans! . What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans. . Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message![/p][/quote]midas, the way my mob are going we may not have a club by the next derby. our only hope is if billy smart or p.t. barnum buys us. i understand other supporters' schadenfreude but we are a total embarrassment at the moment. what is shocking is how quickly it all imploded. hasslem hasslem
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2:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bobinspain says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
midas wrote:
I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn.
.
Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans!
.
What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans.
.
Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message!
midas, the way my mob are going we may not have a club by the next derby.

our only hope is if billy smart or p.t. barnum buys us.

i understand other supporters' schadenfreude but we are a total embarrassment at the moment. what is shocking is how quickly it all imploded.
hasslem

I think genuine fans experience an inverse of schadenfreude in that they revel in the good performance of their own club.

Only the brain-dead wish ill on others and enjoy it when happens, and I don't believe they are representative of real fans.

I wish BRFC all luck (but BFC even more so). The former needs a management enema !
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn. . Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans! . What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans. . Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message![/p][/quote]midas, the way my mob are going we may not have a club by the next derby. our only hope is if billy smart or p.t. barnum buys us. i understand other supporters' schadenfreude but we are a total embarrassment at the moment. what is shocking is how quickly it all imploded.[/p][/quote]hasslem I think genuine fans experience an inverse of schadenfreude in that they revel in the good performance of their own club. Only the brain-dead wish ill on others and enjoy it when happens, and I don't believe they are representative of real fans. I wish BRFC all luck (but BFC even more so). The former needs a management enema ! bobinspain
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3:44pm Thu 20 Dec 12

merlinrabbit says...

TodClaret wrote:
AndyW wrote:
Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing.

Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers.
Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.
You obviously don't go to football much if you think rovers don't have trouble makers in their ranks. Unfortunately the majority of football clubs have a hardcore following of idiots who call themselves "fans". I'm all for a good atmosphere in the ground but that's it.
Lets keep the rivalry going in the ground verbally rather than physically. As much as I don't like rovers, I certainly wouldn't wish any harm on their supporters just for attending a football match.
Unfortunately there are idiots on both sides and while violence is still a threat, the proper fans will have to stay on the buses
As the writer of the article indicated the transport arrangements were made following the Burnley fans smashing up their own town, that is the reason that violence by Burnley fans is being referred to. There are idiots at all clubs. I stood next to some in the Darwen End a few weeks ago though more abusive than violent, still spoiled the game experience. I suggested a boycott of the game with Burnley in March if only to get through to the idiots Venkys. Both clubs ear mark that tie for maximum attendance and price the tickets knowing they will sell. Somebody rightly pointed out that it would play into the hands of the opposition fans and team. A full boycott would get two messages across however I cant see it. It's a big derby event and one that many look forward to.
[quote][p][bold]TodClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AndyW[/bold] wrote: Acting like cavemen and fighting/vandalising over a game of football is absolutely shameless and embarrassing. Thankfully we don't have any braindead morons like this at Rovers. Seemingly they all moved over to the Yorkshire end of the M65.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't go to football much if you think rovers don't have trouble makers in their ranks. Unfortunately the majority of football clubs have a hardcore following of idiots who call themselves "fans". I'm all for a good atmosphere in the ground but that's it. Lets keep the rivalry going in the ground verbally rather than physically. As much as I don't like rovers, I certainly wouldn't wish any harm on their supporters just for attending a football match. Unfortunately there are idiots on both sides and while violence is still a threat, the proper fans will have to stay on the buses[/p][/quote]As the writer of the article indicated the transport arrangements were made following the Burnley fans smashing up their own town, that is the reason that violence by Burnley fans is being referred to. There are idiots at all clubs. I stood next to some in the Darwen End a few weeks ago though more abusive than violent, still spoiled the game experience. I suggested a boycott of the game with Burnley in March if only to get through to the idiots Venkys. Both clubs ear mark that tie for maximum attendance and price the tickets knowing they will sell. Somebody rightly pointed out that it would play into the hands of the opposition fans and team. A full boycott would get two messages across however I cant see it. It's a big derby event and one that many look forward to. merlinrabbit
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4:00pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Blackburn fans love horses says...

All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly.

There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble.

Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.
All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly. There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble. Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect. Blackburn fans love horses
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4:13pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Whydidtheybanme? says...

Some good sensible comments on here from true Football fans.

I would not class the idiots that turned up at the Pub for a pre-arranged fight "fans" -- they are morons.

The banter is brilliant and that's all it should be.

So, back to the banter - who reckons the trans-gender teacher from Accy is an Accy Claret? Queue the song........... :-)
Some good sensible comments on here from true Football fans. I would not class the idiots that turned up at the Pub for a pre-arranged fight "fans" -- they are morons. The banter is brilliant and that's all it should be. So, back to the banter - who reckons the trans-gender teacher from Accy is an Accy Claret? Queue the song........... :-) Whydidtheybanme?
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4:27pm Thu 20 Dec 12

spike t says...

The trans-gender teacher in Accy's main reason for changing to a woman is his embarrassment at being a Rover!
The trans-gender teacher in Accy's main reason for changing to a woman is his embarrassment at being a Rover! spike t
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5:28pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

The reason why they all get shipped in buses is because last time the suicide sqaud made their own way for a scuffle at the station hotel, they ended up looking at eachother on platform 3. Now they are taking a regular pounding in the showers on Hblock. They enjoy it that much they can't wait to get out to do it all over again, so they can go back to sampling brotherly love.
So the buses are to make sure you get home again instead of becoming Leroys Biatch and counting the days to your next pride festival.
The reason why they all get shipped in buses is because last time the suicide sqaud made their own way for a scuffle at the station hotel, they ended up looking at eachother on platform 3. Now they are taking a regular pounding in the showers on Hblock. They enjoy it that much they can't wait to get out to do it all over again, so they can go back to sampling brotherly love. So the buses are to make sure you get home again instead of becoming Leroys Biatch and counting the days to your next pride festival. Return of the Magnificent se7en
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8:48pm Thu 20 Dec 12

merlinrabbit says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly.

There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble.

Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.
That is true. We walked down from Park Lee Rd with some Burnley fans at the FA Cup replay at Ewood. They asked the way and then pretended they were Accy Stanley fans before owning up to being Burnley fans. It was like they were in enemy territory and didnt dare say who they were. We walked to the ground together chatting and joking about the game to come. Normal football fans I would say.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly. There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble. Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.[/p][/quote]That is true. We walked down from Park Lee Rd with some Burnley fans at the FA Cup replay at Ewood. They asked the way and then pretended they were Accy Stanley fans before owning up to being Burnley fans. It was like they were in enemy territory and didnt dare say who they were. We walked to the ground together chatting and joking about the game to come. Normal football fans I would say. merlinrabbit
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9:32am Fri 21 Dec 12

McClaret says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly.

There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble.

Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.
Spot on - police take the easy option. Don't see this in Glasgow, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome etc etc and our derby is hardly on that scale no matter how much we hype it.
Any fans step out of line then come down on them hard and set the example with decent sentences like the lot from the pub got.
I live in Sale and my cousin is in Darwen (Husband a Rovers fan) so you can guess my sentiments towards this policy. Rather have a pint, sunday lunch and watch the match together but I suppose the police will let 100 dic*heads ruin it for all of us!
Merry xmas to all.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly. There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble. Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.[/p][/quote]Spot on - police take the easy option. Don't see this in Glasgow, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome etc etc and our derby is hardly on that scale no matter how much we hype it. Any fans step out of line then come down on them hard and set the example with decent sentences like the lot from the pub got. I live in Sale and my cousin is in Darwen (Husband a Rovers fan) so you can guess my sentiments towards this policy. Rather have a pint, sunday lunch and watch the match together but I suppose the police will let 100 dic*heads ruin it for all of us! Merry xmas to all. McClaret
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1:38pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

McClaret wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly.

There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble.

Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.
Spot on - police take the easy option. Don't see this in Glasgow, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome etc etc and our derby is hardly on that scale no matter how much we hype it.
Any fans step out of line then come down on them hard and set the example with decent sentences like the lot from the pub got.
I live in Sale and my cousin is in Darwen (Husband a Rovers fan) so you can guess my sentiments towards this policy. Rather have a pint, sunday lunch and watch the match together but I suppose the police will let 100 dic*heads ruin it for all of us!
Merry xmas to all.
I used to live in Sale, Langdale road. Small world, I never thought the neighbourhood would fall so low as to have a dingle living there. Just shows the slump in society. Back in the day whaen my old man was headmaster at woodheyes. You never got any dingles in that area. How did you escape the cave dwellers?
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: All this so-called bubble transport does is prove that Lancashire Police can't do their job properly. There is no need for the draconian measures that the police take for our derby match - in 2005 there were two matches in the FA Cup - one at tea time on a Staurday and then the following a week later for an evening game where fans were allowed to make their own way to the stadium, and the games passed off with (relatively) little trouble. Basically the police need to man up and attempt to do their jobs properly, stop treating decent fans like cattle and allow the oldest derby in English football some respect.[/p][/quote]Spot on - police take the easy option. Don't see this in Glasgow, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome etc etc and our derby is hardly on that scale no matter how much we hype it. Any fans step out of line then come down on them hard and set the example with decent sentences like the lot from the pub got. I live in Sale and my cousin is in Darwen (Husband a Rovers fan) so you can guess my sentiments towards this policy. Rather have a pint, sunday lunch and watch the match together but I suppose the police will let 100 dic*heads ruin it for all of us! Merry xmas to all.[/p][/quote]I used to live in Sale, Langdale road. Small world, I never thought the neighbourhood would fall so low as to have a dingle living there. Just shows the slump in society. Back in the day whaen my old man was headmaster at woodheyes. You never got any dingles in that area. How did you escape the cave dwellers? Return of the Magnificent se7en
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2:31pm Fri 21 Dec 12

midas says...

LOL like you know who your father is!!!
LOL like you know who your father is!!! midas
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7:03pm Fri 21 Dec 12

claret53 says...

i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ??
i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ?? claret53
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7:03pm Fri 21 Dec 12

claret53 says...

i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ??
i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ?? claret53
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7:03pm Fri 21 Dec 12

claret53 says...

i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ??
i dont know the reason for busing fans in and out,,is someone makeing moneyout of it?? what are they going to do if we play each other in play off's ?? claret53
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10:57pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Burnley59/60 says...

midas wrote:
I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn.
.
Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans!
.
What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans.
.
Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message!
Damm Right I love the banter but hate The Blues no way both clubs need each other uncle jack was a real fan not a jumped up foreign idiot as was our own Bob Lord as Is Illyas Khan At Stanley ITS A DISCRACE AND VENKYS WNT HANGING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ROVERS HOW DARE THE ALL THAT HISTORY BROKEN ALL TRU FANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS !!!!
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: I think the time has come to show some solidarity with our poor and downtrodden brothers and sisters in Blackburn. . Their club is being slowly destroyed by a 1000 cuts and some fans have been boycotting in protest. Well I think that the next match at Ewood should be boycotted by both sets of fans! . What sort of message would that send out to the world of football?A few fans not turning up for Rovers v Brighton is one thing but a boycott of the East Lancs Derby would be newsworthy and send a message to owners that they have to listen to the fans. . Let the police waste money on security that isn't needed and the club on matchday security etc then they might get the message![/p][/quote]Damm Right I love the banter but hate The Blues no way both clubs need each other uncle jack was a real fan not a jumped up foreign idiot as was our own Bob Lord as Is Illyas Khan At Stanley ITS A DISCRACE AND VENKYS WNT HANGING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ROVERS HOW DARE THE ALL THAT HISTORY BROKEN ALL TRU FANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS !!!! Burnley59/60
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