Date:Sunday April 26 2009
SOUTHAMPTON fans, hang your heads in shame.
Never have I seen such an outragious display from a set of supporters in my life.
I set off down to Southampton looking forward to a fantastic day out, a day which could have seen the Clarets cement their play-off spot. But instead ended up with the prospect of a nailbiting final day of the season and with my estimation of Southampton Football Club at rockbottom.
As the full time whistle sounded at St Mary's, thousands of fans took to the field, which is fair enough, Burnley fans do it on the last day of the season every time out, and no doubt the pitch will be packed to the rafters if we were to secure a top six finish, but never have we shown such disrespect to travelling fans on that scale.
Almost 2,000 of these so called Southampton supporters ran to the front of the away stand to give the travelling Clarets some grief, but it didn't stay with just chanting, no. It was all planned.
Smoke bombs, coins, bottles, you name it, they were thrown at the Burnley fans, with reports of children as little as 5 year old being hit by coins which is just absolutely disgraceful especially in the 'safety of modern day football'.
I was one of the fans who thought Southampton had great fans, watching their club through thick and thin, and I know it is only a minority of their supporters causing the trouble but it really does impact on the rest of them, just because of these idiots.
And purely because of them, I hope you enjoy League One football next season playing with the big boys. Brentford. Bristol Rovers. Maybe Brighton.
As mentioned before the Clarets just needed a win to secure their play off berth, but it wasn't to be and a 2-2 draw awaited, but then it was pressure on Preston who had to win to still be mathematically in with a shout, and suprise suprise they popped up with an 89th minute winner, meaning Owen Coyle's men have to win on Sunday at home to Bristol City.
The momentum now though is with our Lancashire rivals, North End, who after a 6-0 drumming of Cardiff and beating automatic promotion chasers Birmingham, head into their last game against Queens Park Rangers at Deepdale with high morale.
But at least it is still in the hands of Burnley.
So it will be a nervy week around Turf Moor, but one positive is that Russell Anderson is back in training with the Clarets after his knee injury ruled him out for the season, but it doesn't look like he will be risked in the last game of the season.
Date:Sunday April 26 2009
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