Not only am I worried about the threat the Tigers pose to our chances of finishing in the top 4 this season. I'm really worried about the atmosphere turning sour on Saturday, after recent events. A trip to the Tigers board shows people are very angry about Jims comments recently. Added to the actual incident, is anyone else worried there could be some trouble in the crowd during the game? I'm not thinking about violence whatsoever, just arguments. Last year at the semi final in Leicester, I was jeered at when leaving and told to F off, which is nothing and just aggresive banter, but not a great sign.
There are many trolls who frequent the online chat boards and spout hate and rage and a whole load of rubbish. But on match day they are outnumbered by rugby fans who love the game and are rounded, decent human beings.
O for heavens sake, it is a game of rugby. A few beers, a bit of banter and a shake of the hand afterwards (on the pitch and on the terraces). Win or lose both tigs and Saints fans will have a good day, nobody will die (hopefully) and the sun will rise on Sunday morning.
What else do you want apart from a lottery win and Susan Boyle running naked round the pitch at halftime?
Need to point out I don't mean violence or even mass arguments, I mean booing players, scores, the ref (which is all becoming too frequent as it is). I know it's just a game of rugby, and I'll go with my mates as normal, but the match experience at FG is changing, the booing and jeering (and constant complaining about every decision against the side) is becoming tiresome already.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/04/2012 19:52 by darkstar.
All I can say is shout from the moment you walk in to FG on sat.cheer the team warming up and cheer non stop through the game.we have more than one song so let's sing them loud and proud.we don't need gimmicks to make an atmospher,if I'm stood nr a tigers fan spouting rubbish I shall just shout more often and louder.
I did once witness "trouble" at franklins gardens.. I believe ( could be wrong ) it was a cup semi final against Orrell ... On approaching the sturtidge, in the car park, police had rounded up a group of "ruffians" , drawn a Circle on the ground and, to this day, I remember them saying " you move out of the circle and the dogs get interested in you"
Why would there be any problems on Saturday? I'll watch the second half of the match on ESPN, Tigers will win (but only narrowly) and then I'll come down to Caldecott and moon across the River Welland at you.
I can not imagine any hostility from either set of supporters, my only concern is on the pitch boiling over.
But I would hope both coaches have made it clear that any yellow or red card is likely to be pivotal, and so would not expect any player to be so stupid.
Here's to a very hard, tough, but fair, encounter !!
No quarter asked, and no quarter given.
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