I just find, to be told to stand anywhere in the ground going in any turnstyle on any other day against possible trouble makers is asking for trouble. Re the tantrums, you werent near me merse so not sure how much you saw but i wasnt one of the ones who rushed the fence and went mental however in the face of blatant cheating, piss taking from Barnes and blantant come on the pitch and have a fight gesturing from the physio i assume you wanted us to say well done to them for there provocation.
You're a grown man Brett
I didnt rush the fence or act in anyway irresposibly so my grown manlyness isnt up for debate hehe...
Agreed some of the reaction was over the top but cause and effect: if they hadnt acted the way they did our fans wouldnt have either.
I'm not sure where I stand on this issue of segregration. Apart a few games at a much lower level I've never watched Torquay play a league game where there is no division between supporters.
We had a small group of local knobheads in front of us who were just there to try and irritate. I couldn't really have cared less though to be honest. They weren't there to be menacing in any way. Most of them would find Harry Potter scary. A lot of Eastbourne supporters did go down the other end in the 2nd half anyway. I can't really work out why some of them stayed on for the second half. Perhaps they all had 20/20 vision or something. Because from where I was standing the far goal looked about 200 metres away. I couldn't really see how many EB fans were mixed in with the more "robust" torquay fans. I try and stay away from them to be honest, they don't come to watch the football for the same reason I do.
Fair play to Eastbourne, they were the far better team on the night. I think only Elliot Benyon and Lee Hodges can come out of the game reasonably unscathed. I also found the introduction of Brough for Wroe a little surprising but I think NW might've taken a knock early in the first half after being sold a bit short from a colleague's crap pass.
Tactically we were a bit suspect. We seemed a bit overrun in the middle of the park. I think they were toying with the idea of going 4-3-3 and putting Benyon and Green either side of Sills and get a bit more muscle in midfield, but of course we scored, should've scored another and then by half time we seemed to had weathered the storm.
As for Mr Referee. The less said the better I think really. He might not have seen the push on Hargreaves in the box as he rose majestically like a condor in the Andes to head home the equaliser but I definately heard his labrador bark twice in the main stand in favour of a penalty! I can only hope his dog got revenge this morning by curling one down on the kitchen floor.
In an ideal world Chris, all fans would be standing together and applaud any good play,from both teams out on the pitch(did I just say that) well you know what I mean the fans would be there just to watch the game and not for any other reasons.
The real problem as we know, that football is a very passionate sport and fans emotions often can get carried away in the heat of the game. Having fans segregated will hopefully reduce the chance of trouble in the grounds, we sure don't want to see the dark days of football back.
I said on the Oxford thread, that its my view home fans should feel safe in their own parts of the ground and not have to worry that away fans are standing behind them.
I have been on the Popside with the knowledge that away fans were very close to where I was standing, the effect of this is, you only have one eye on the game, as you keep the other one on them, just in case anything happens.
Lets keep the fans in their own parts of the ground, its always better to be safe than sorry, reducing the risks may make the difference of a game getting remembered fro the right reasons and not the wrong ones.
I must just point out one other incident in the second half last night.
Standing behind the goal we were all suddenly aware of a very unpleasant odour. Some thought it was emanating from our full backs as they backpeddled being tormented yet again by EBs light-footed wide men.
However, I think we had actually been stink-bombed by those cheeky little home schoolboy fans who had beed serenading us like castratos moments earlier.
I can't remember the last time I experienced one of those - perhaps the 1970s in the Mini-stand?