May 19, 2020 at 1:34 am #177426
I was thinking earlier today about other teams I would have supported had I not had the unbelievable good fortune to have been born a Scunthorpe United fan.
Pushing aside the Prem and Championship I have always had soft spots for York City, Halifax Town and Rochdale for no particular reason at all although Rochdale has always been one of my favourite away days.
Anyone else have a secret soft spot for any lower league rivals?May 19, 2020 at 8:28 am #177429
I think you might be on your own with Rochdale. Much as I love the “holy trinity” of pub (now demolished), chip shop & away end on the same street, the aggressive stewarding at Dale always left a sour taste. As did some miserable turnstyle operator who I remember refusing to let some 13 year-old lad in as a junior, claiming he was “at least 18”. The lad had come on the bus and didn’t have any more money to get in as an adult so I think there was a quick whip-round outside to get him the extra tenner. Dale must have been strapped for cash.
I have a big soft spot for Exeter – fan-owned, great city and a ground which has plenty of character (although not enough roofing). Their stewarding was a bit OTT when we won promotion there in 2014 but I still like the club, they seem to do things the right way and punch well above their weight.May 19, 2020 at 10:03 am #177433
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Always had a bit of a soft spot for Hartlepool. Probably because they were the only ones worse than us in the 70s!
See a lot of similarities between them and us, which has worried be greatly for the past two seasons.
Darlington on the other hand I have always disliked. Funny eh?
Got family and friends who are Carlisle fans and when I go there the banter between the home fans is just like GP!May 19, 2020 at 11:26 am #177440
Rochdale for me, good pie, good pint and plenty of friendly exchanges with their fans before games and after, what ever the result. I guess personal experiences will co!our a lot of people’s judgements but I think we have a lot in common size wise with Rochdale , our gates are generally bigger but we aren’t stuck bang in the middle of such a densely populated football club area as them.
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Just to add Accrington for similar reasons to Rochdale, must be the Lancashire welcome that does it.May 19, 2020 at 11:43 am #177444
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Always liked Carlisle for the class of many of their fans who clapped our League One champions on the final day of the season.May 19, 2020 at 1:36 pm #177454
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BRI Carlisle fans that come down were really friendly got us to sing the physio song In the Berkeley they all joined in, with that A van load of police rushed in to see what all the trouble was, they then bollocked the land lord for wasting police time.Though you wouldn’t want a Carlisle “inter city crew calling card” left with you.😀May 20, 2020 at 1:35 pm #177527
I guess personal experiences will co!our a lot of people’s judgements but I think we have a lot in common size wise with Rochdale , our gates are generally bigger but we aren’t stuck bang in the middle of such a densely populated football club area as them.
Wouldn’t disagree with any of that, just to say I had several trips to Spotland when the stewards were ridiculous. I remember a friend being chucked out when he went for a half-time slash because he was apparently “persistently standing” which might be fair if he hadn’t been at the back of about 20 rows of Iron fans who had all been standing throughout the game!May 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm #177540
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I have always had a soft spot for Hartlepool, again friendly fans, and like a good time at games.May 21, 2020 at 6:54 am #177542
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Every week i support the Team playing the Codheads! Had some great years recently!!!!!!!!! (until the appointment of Desperate Dan aka Russ Wilcox that is)May 21, 2020 at 9:15 am #177545
I have always had a soft spot for Hartlepool, again friendly fans, and like a good time at games.
Very welcoming supporters club bar with a good pastie, good pint and loads of friendly banter, I will add Hartlepool to the list as well BS.May 21, 2020 at 12:24 pm #177550
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Never felt a soft spot for any other team. A few that I despise, however, over and above Grimsby of course. Wycombe Wanderers — will never forgive them for printing in their programme that we’d never been higher than the third tier, which was an appalling piece of research; Scarborough when they were in the league — bit of a bogey team for us and awful to watch; MK Dons — probably for the same reason that other fans don’t like them given their history (or lack of it).May 23, 2020 at 12:44 am #177680
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The last few times I’ve been to Rochdale I’ve enjoyed some of the best pre-match chat with some of their fans in the club bar.
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Same as Deerey, never had an issue with stewards when I’ve been, having said that I have misssed the last couple of visits due to work, love love pub near the ground, is it The Church?May 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm #177883
As did some miserable turnstyle operator who I remember refusing to let some 13 year-old lad in as a junior, claiming he was “at least 18”.
Exactly the same thing happened to me at Blunder Park, I was all of 12 years of age, went on the train with my mate (Mum & Dad didn’t know I had gone without an Adult and I got the Bollocking of a lifetime when they did find out, football was a dangerous place to be for away fans in those days) anyway, the arsehole on the turnstile was adamant I was an adult and would not let me in, I only had £3 on me which was the admission price for a junior, but some kind hearted fellow Iron fans chipped in to get me the full admission. (We lost by the way two or three one, pretty sure Flounders scored for us).May 26, 2020 at 11:16 am #178049
Well that is clearly why you don’t like Grimsby Town then Pat!
I don’t get why turnstile operators do stuff like that, what’s in it for them other than being an arse?May 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm #178055
Well that is clearly why you don’t like Grimsby Town then Pat!
I don’t get why turnstile operators do stuff like that, what’s in it for them other than being an arse?
I think being an arse is in the job description for a Grimsby turnstile operator, goes well with their whole club image.May 26, 2020 at 12:51 pm #178062
Bit hard at the moment, they seem to be getting a few more things right than we are.
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