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Re: Warrington Fans
Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:39 am
Posted by Dropkick Murphy on Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:39 am
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Trouble at the Challenge Cup final is an absolute certainty. I don't think we'll take as many fans as we normally do because we've been in a lot of finals recently which makes the novelty wear off for the types of people who don't go to games regularly, but like to jump on the bandwagon occasionally. Given our habit of losing finals all the time making them not particularly enjoyable once you actually get there though, combined with the fact we are guaranteed to lose this one, I reckon plenty of occasional fans just won't bother. I don't want to go and considered not doing, but as someone who does go regularly all season I can't not.

By 5.30pm when the Widnes game is on I'll be back in central London watching the football in the pub, but I can be absolutely certain I will have a look on here on the train home a few hours later and see plenty of reports of trouble. Saints fans will be celebrating their win, Widnes fans will be celebrating our defeat, and plenty of Wires fans will be unhappy and react to it. There is zero chance of these things not happening. I wont be involved and I can't do anything about it so it isn't going to cost me any sleep, but it's definitely one for the angry typists on here to look forward to.
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Re: Warrington Fans
Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:46 am
Posted by Riderofthepalehorse on Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:46 am
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Trouble at the Challenge Cup final is an absolute certainty. I don't think we'll take as many fans as we normally do because we've been in a lot of finals recently which makes the novelty wear off for the types of people who don't go to games regularly, but like to jump on the bandwagon occasionally. Given our habit of losing finals all the time making them not particularly enjoyable once you actually get there though, combined with the fact we are guaranteed to lose this one, I reckon plenty of occasional fans just won't bother. I don't want to go and considered not doing, but as someone who does go regularly all season I can't not.

By 5.30pm when the Widnes game is on I'll be back in central London watching the football in the pub, but I can be absolutely certain I will have a look on here on the train home a few hours later and see plenty of reports of trouble. Saints fans will be celebrating their win, Widnes fans will be celebrating our defeat, and plenty of Wires fans will be unhappy and react to it. There is zero chance of these things not happening. I wont be involved and I can't do anything about it so it isn't going to cost me any sleep, but it's definitely one for the angry typists on here to look forward to.


Hope you are wrong mate, and the final is contested in the spirit of the game, and all the supporters of all teams, come together as usual in harmony, and good will.
Re: Warrington Fans
Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:17 am
Posted by Dropkick Murphy on Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:17 am
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I've seen some outbreaks of fights at loads of finals I've been to, some involving Wires and some not. On pretty much all occasions the narrative on RL social media has been to blame people not wearing colours (like me) or people who like football (like me). Funnily enough though, I wasn't involved on any occasion but have witnessed grown men in face paint, grown men in jester hats, and on one occasion a grown man in a full wolf costume, firmly in the thick of it. I don't know if they liked football or not because I didn't stop and ask them, but their RL allegiances (as I said, sometimes Wires, sometimes not) were plastered all over them.
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Re: Warrington Fans
Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:23 pm
Posted by Slugger McBatt on Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:23 pm
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I've always found Warrington a friendly enough place to go to, although as a Wakey fan I suppose I don't follow a team the Wire would regard as a rival. I've sat in Warrington pubs pre-game and not had a jot of bother, nor when making my way from the ground afterwards.

I'm in no way condoning the Catalan spectacle, but it was a bit like modern biff: more heat than flames. It looked bad because of the standing on seats trying to get in and general clamour but there wasn't much actual fighting. But once a club gets that hooligan tag, it attracts people who like the tag, and it only takes a couple of isolated idiots with stones to further tarnish it.
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