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Robbo's View of the Weekend

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.




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Writer: M'R Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 26 2009

Time: 11:06PM

Your Comments

The Saints kicking off like that was just so unreal. I just stood there gobsmacked and I thought I better shut my mouth quick before I swallowed a coin. My mate next to me got hit by a flare and we were coughing and spluttering with the smoke. He took the fizzling beastie to the police outside to make an official complaint Outrageous behaviour by mindless Saints morons and for what? They were going down anyway before we arrived. As you say those few idiots have tainted the reputation of Saints fans the majority of which were good lads and entered into friendly banter despite their predicament. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
The Saints kicking off like that was just so unreal. I just stood there gobsmacked and I thought I better shut my mouth quick before I swallowed a coin. My mate next to me got hit by a flare and we were coughing and spluttering with the smoke. He took the fizzling beastie to the police outside to make an official complaint Outrageous behaviour by mindless Saints morons and for what? They were going down anyway before we arrived. As you say those few idiots have tainted the reputation of Saints fans the majority of which were good lads and entered into friendly banter despite their predicament. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
An FA investigation will follow on the incident Yesterday, Mark Fry, the club’s joint administrator, said he hoped the threat of further punishment would not deter one of the two buyers currently interested in Southampton, who could be out of business if a deal is not done within the next month. So it looks like the prats could have even jeopardised the future of their own club
turfmanphil
An FA investigation will follow on the incident Yesterday, Mark Fry, the club’s joint administrator, said he hoped the threat of further punishment would not deter one of the two buyers currently interested in Southampton, who could be out of business if a deal is not done within the next month. So it looks like the prats could have even jeopardised the future of their own club
turfmanphil
Have you seen the YouTube video? It's either from roughly where I was sitting with a close-up, or from a bit below me. It's fairly good, but a LOT had gone on before it starts. The first person - a Saint presumably, but he was wearing a blue top - that I saw (repeatedly and very aggressively) throw stuff (coins? something small that he was holding in his hand) had by this point long gone back into the crowd to get away from cops. Maybe if a Saint player hadn't been lying injured near the centre circle, all of the pitch invaders would have gone over towards the directors' box, instead of towards us? Very poor security allowing them to do this. The flare on YouTube MAY have started in the Burnley end, or it may have been thrown into the Burnley end and then only gone off when it was thrown back. It was certainly thrown back and forth several times. There were 2 or 3 flares, I think. Open plastic water bottles were lobbed out of the Burnley crowd, but this was LONG after things had kicked off. One Burnley lad told me afterwards he had come out 10p and a bag of oranges richer. There was another broken bag of oranges lying in the gangway as I left. The local Daily Echo had that morning issued a 'call to arms': will there be a media investigation to go along with the FA inquiry? But it was all pretty quiet on the streets afterwards apart from a few overwrought cops (No-one's saying it's easy lads, but do please try calming down yourselves, if that's what you want other people to do.) and a tiff between two rival supporters that someone said was about someone accidentally spilling someone's ice-cream, which ended peacefully, I think.
Couch Potato
Have you seen the YouTube video? It's either from roughly where I was sitting with a close-up, or from a bit below me. It's fairly good, but a LOT had gone on before it starts. The first person - a Saint presumably, but he was wearing a blue top - that I saw (repeatedly and very aggressively) throw stuff (coins? something small that he was holding in his hand) had by this point long gone back into the crowd to get away from cops. Maybe if a Saint player hadn't been lying injured near the centre circle, all of the pitch invaders would have gone over towards the directors' box, instead of towards us? Very poor security allowing them to do this. The flare on YouTube MAY have started in the Burnley end, or it may have been thrown into the Burnley end and then only gone off when it was thrown back. It was certainly thrown back and forth several times. There were 2 or 3 flares, I think. Open plastic water bottles were lobbed out of the Burnley crowd, but this was LONG after things had kicked off. One Burnley lad told me afterwards he had come out 10p and a bag of oranges richer. There was another broken bag of oranges lying in the gangway as I left. The local Daily Echo had that morning issued a 'call to arms': will there be a media investigation to go along with the FA inquiry? But it was all pretty quiet on the streets afterwards apart from a few overwrought cops (No-one's saying it's easy lads, but do please try calming down yourselves, if that's what you want other people to do.) and a tiff between two rival supporters that someone said was about someone accidentally spilling someone's ice-cream, which ended peacefully, I think.
Couch Potato
Yes it wasn't a great advertisement for the club - but unfortunately a few of ours didnt do us many favours by hurling things back. Lighters, bottles, flares ( I think started in our end). It wasn't until afterwards that I really appreciated what had happened. The coins you couldnt see, I could just hear them landing!
Claretdale
Yes it wasn't a great advertisement for the club - but unfortunately a few of ours didnt do us many favours by hurling things back. Lighters, bottles, flares ( I think started in our end). It wasn't until afterwards that I really appreciated what had happened. The coins you couldnt see, I could just hear them landing!
Claretdale
well been said mate of phils, i, e,mailed southampton about what happened and reported the flare that hit me to the police, its now thursday and still no response from club or police, bloody disgrace in my eyes, had that flare been 4 inches higher i dread to think the damage it would of done.
palsdad
well been said mate of phils, i, e,mailed southampton about what happened and reported the flare that hit me to the police, its now thursday and still no response from club or police, bloody disgrace in my eyes, had that flare been 4 inches higher i dread to think the damage it would of done.
palsdad
 

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