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GTFC - not us!

Town Hooligans? Surely Not!

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 29/11/2010

GRIMSBY Town have received the second highest number of banning orders of any club in England in the past year. Supporters of GTFC surpassed clubs with a notorious hooligan element in the past such as Cardiff, Millwall, Leeds and West Ham. Only Sheffield Wednesday had more supporters banned from watching the game.

What makes it worse is the percentage of supporters who are banned, which are not included in the figures just released by the home office, but can be easily worked out. Sheffield Wednesday averaged over 16,000 last season, but Grimsby averaged almost 4500 which means that 1 in 100 Grimsby Town supporters have been banned! Presumably those banned are not the only ones causing trouble, but it would not seem unreasonable to presume fro these figures that something like 1 in 30 GTFC fans is a hooligan!

Sheffield Wednesday56
Grimsby Town45
West Ham United45
Cardiff City44
Manchester United36
Leeds United34
Newcastle United33
Huddersfield Town26
Birmingham City24
Swansea City24
Hull City22
Nottingham Forest22
Tottenham Hotspur18
Charlton Athletic16
Port Vale16
Swindon Town16
Blackburn Rovers15
Bradford City15
Sheffield United14
Wolverhampton W14
Rotherham United13
Derby County12
Manchester City12
West Bromwich Alb.10
Aston Villa9
Bolton Wanderers9
Bristol Rovers9
Colchester United8
Bristol City7
Leicester City7
Luton Town7
Newport County7
Oldham Athletic7
Stoke City7
Exeter City6
Mansfield Town6
Oxford United6
Tranmere Rovers6
Crewe Alexandra5
Northampton Town5
Plymouth Argyle5
Southend United5
Aldershot Town4
Carlisle United4
Ipswich Town4
Scunthorpe United4
Torquay United4
Crystal Palace3
Fleetwood Town3
Norwich City3
Wigan Athletic3
Barnet 0 Barrow2
Cambridge United2
Lincoln City2
Preston North End2
Shrewsbury Town2
Utd of Manchester2
York City2
Brighton & Hove Alb.1
Coventry City1
Hereford United1
Kidderminster H.1
Notts County1
Peterborough United1
Staines Town1
Stockport County1
Wycombe Wanderers1
Accrington Stanley0
Bangor City0
Boston United0
Burton Albion0
Cheltenham Town0
Curzon Ashton0
Dag’m & Redbridge0
Doncaster Rovers0
Hartlepool United0
Hinckley United0
Kettering Town0
Leyton Orient0
Macclesfield Town0
Milton Keynes Dons0
Redditch United0
Salisbury City0
Stalybridge Celtic0
Telford United0
Yeovil Town0

That does seem hard to believe. Apart from Lincoln nobody we played last season we really "hate", with the possible exception of Chesterfield. There is virtually no trouble at hardly any of our games that I go to, and I have always believed most of them to be overpoliced. I rarely go to pubs before games but when I do the atmosphere seems to be friendly enough. The Burton game probably contributed a large number of those banned, but I presume that the individuals concerned (and their friends) attend other games as well.

As someone who started watching football in the early 80s, the amount of trouble at games is minute compared to what it was then, but I find it hard to believe that our own Mariners are the worst club in England in the small amount of trouble which remains!

What do you think? Are Grimsby fans really the biggest hooligans in English football? Or maybe Town wannabe hooligans are just not very good at it, and tend to get caught, compared to their counterparts elsewhere?

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