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Ten Odd Things Banned From Football Grounds

by | 22nd, January 2009
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In 2008, Plymouth Argyle banned Sheffield Wednesday supporters “Tango Man” because he wouldn’t stay seated the last time he visited the stadium.

The club has told the nationally-known supporter, real name: Paul Gregory, to keep his ample frame away from the match. The club is understood to have instituted the one-match ban after Mr Gregory stood up during the club’s Home Park meeting last season, and his actions were considered to have incited other fans to do the same…

Mr Gregory told The Star newspaper in South Yorkshire, that he hasn’t ‘got a clue’ about why he was banned and had ‘never had a problem whatsoever’ at Home Park. “I’m totally gobsmacked,” he said, and even offered to keep his shirt on during the game.



A Russian farmer who tried to take his pig to a top football game was barred after police decided it could ‘ incite a riot’ . Football fan Vladimir Kisilev from St Petersburg took his prize-winning pig to a show in Moscow and wanted to watch a national Premier League match afterwards. He took the pig along with him, as he had nowhere to leave it, but police banned the pig from the ground for the match between Spartak Moscow and St Petersburg Zenit.

Officers feared the pig could provoke a riot as Spartak Moscow fans are called ‘Pigs’ by their St Petersburg Zenit rivals. Kisilev said, ‘I wanted to see the game, but had nowhere to leave the pig. I almost managed to get it into the ground in a big bag but it started grunting and the police noticed.’



A ten year old boy has been banned from all football grounds (for three years) after being caught on CCTV throwing stones at the police at Portsmouth v Southampton match.

The boy said he only did it because the bigger boys egged him on.



The darks day of football hooliganism. And the police sought to undo the best laid plans of skins by asking the bovve boys to remove their alves or boots before entry to the entertainment.

Chris Welch writing in the pop press, was one of the first writers to notice the new – phenomenon, even if his standpoint was unsympathetic: ‘It’s a curious thing that whenever…a pillar of our bewildered society wants to cast stones,they instantly start talking about Long haired Louts/yobs/hippies/ students etc… Yet anybody who has ventured on the streets will instinctively know that they have nothing to fear from the long haired youth who merely wants to turn on in peace to his favourite band and chick. The sight of cropped heads and the sound of heavy boots entering the midnight wimpy bar or dance hall is the real cause for sinking feelings in the pit of the stomach’.

On the football special:

It was some time before the police learnt to react to these invasions by stealing the skins’ bootlaces and in some cases their braces. The reply of the skins was to use a short wire, such as a paperclip, to replace the laces in a way which could not be spotted by the police.

All together:

Jesus loves all the skinheads, All the skinheads in the world
With their boover boots and braces, and the coppers nicked their laces,
Jesus loves all the skinheads
(Football song 69-70)

Image and song


In 2007, Buenos Aires giants River Plate were banned from their home ground for five games on Friday following crowd violence.

The decision came a day after supporters clashed before the third division match between Talleres de Remedios de Escalada and Los Andes…

More than 50 people were injured, two of them by bullets, and several cars and houses were damaged.

Two weeks ago, fans of second division club Deportivo Moron were banned from seeing their side at home for a year after crowd trouble following their defeat to Social Espanol in December.


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