just read this in local news - burning scarfs and fights inside/outside the ground, unfriendly pitch invasion
I don't call these rugby supporters, maybe more security next year - or move it elsewhere ?
The "Pitch invasion" was not quite as bad as it sounded - just a relatively small number of supporters from the winning side (as happens every year with the varsity match) - and where contained by the stewards. There were probably fewer issues this year within the ground than previous years - a testament to the stewards and security on duty.
Sadly the incident in the report was outside the ground and beyond the clubs' control.
ianbol A massive money spinner though -- several thousend drunks.
lobina The club can do without this publicity.
Where goes one, there goes the other...
This appears to be a deeply rooted, institutional problem. If you consider that the student population turns over every three years, then there is something within the two organisations that allows this behaviour to re-surface, but which they are seemingly unable to contain. A worrying phenomenon.
I was watching some low level cricket (3rd or 4th XI stuff) at Mount Wise a couple of summers back and got talking with a some Plymouth students. The talk went along the lines that any sporting fixture between MJs and UoP likely to attract more than a few dozen spectators was either banned or subject to high-level approval. That seems incredible to me.
I wonder whether this is a purely local situation (bad for Plymouth/Albion/rugby) or do other cities and sports suffer from this throwback to the 70s?
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