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Old 20-03-2021, 08:40 PM
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Bournemouth away 87/88.

Kicked off for ages in the first half in the away end between Palace fans and the police and stewards. Went on for ages - total carnage and the atmosphere was venomous. Had one eye on the game and the other on the procession of Palace fans being dragged out of the terrace by the old bill. Funny thing was while all this was going on, we went 2 down then 3-2 up by half time!

The following season there were a few incidents as well. One I’ll never forget was there was a middle aged guy with two young kids standing in the Palace end just next to me. Suddenly, Palace fans rounded on him and he quickly ran for cover and bundled the kids and himself to the front where stewards let him out through a gate in the fence as punches and kicks reigned in on him. The Palace fans said he was undercover old bill. Have to say, the way he reacted, kind of suggested they were right, but not a very nice sight. Would the old bill have been stupid enough to put those children in danger as part of an operation? Anyone else remember that?

Can’t remember which game it was, but one of those at the end of the game a Palace fan ran on the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate with the players. A steward started chasing him and as he was about to get within reach Geoff Thomas accidentally on purpose, tripped the steward up and turned to the away end and gave us all a cheeky smile. Was hilarious but can you imagine how much trouble he’d get in today doing that?
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