Tuesday, 28 September 2010
But what marked the occasion for me was the experience of first seeing what seemed like a pretty rowdy group of drunk Millwall fans being penned in to a corner of Uxbridge Road before things got out of hand with the police raising their batons as a sign of what was to come if they didn't calm down.
I watched this from just outside the Conningham Arms and was about to walk on to the game when I realised we too had been penned in. Right outside a pub. So what do you think the reaction of the fans was? That's right we were penned in for 40 mins with the increasingly frustrated fans having a ready supply of alcohol with which to lubricate their throats through which some of the more moronic variety started hurling insults and threats at the police.
The police themselves have obviously got a lot of training in non-reaction because some of what was thrown at them was pretty disgusting. That's fine I guess whan its just words but eventually, 10 minutes after kick off had already passed there were various surges at the police lines with attendant throwing of beer bottles and plastic glasses that had thankfully replaced the glass variety. (then why serve bottles too?)
At this point the dreaded TSG (Tactical Support Group - heavies) turned up with big red numbers on their helmets. These are the people that end up in court when they hit people and kill them, as the family of Ian Tomlinson know to their cost. Thankfully they were here to let us out and in fairness as they did they explained that there had been violence outside the ground and that accounted for why we'd been kept inside.
Violence does follow Millwall around and one police officer told me they actually have a unit dedicated to that football club. Good to know our taxes are being used for that. But I was actually more ashamed of our home grown idiot fraternity this evening, who seemed to match the morons of Millwall word for word. Not a pretty sight.
I'm just glad I could walk home unmolested afterwards!
Posted by Chris Underwood at 22:37