OK folks, you been waiting for it so here goes.
Ryan, you really do talk some shit at times
>heaven help the game if Hull ever get to Super League.
Remember that the coming of the Super League was the first season that
Hull had been out of the top division for many years.
>Further more, it only collapsed because about 1500 Hull
>fans were scrapping !
Actually about 6 I think. And who were they scrapping with?
Certainly not themselves. Depending on which paper you read there
were 2 or 3 arrests. I saw two Cougars fans being handcuffed, but
maybe they weren't being arrested, maybe it was for their own
The incident has been blown out of all proportion. If the barrier had
not collapsed which resulted in fans falling onto the pitch (pitch
invasion?) nothing would have been heard about it. You see worse
fights in school playgrounds. It was nothing more than a minor
First, some background to the incident.
Ten minutes before the kick off the crowd are invited onto the pitch.
I find this somewhat surprising at virtually all sports grounds in the
country spectators are not allowed onto the pitch under any
circumstances. In fact I said to someone next to me that this can
only encourage pitch invasions.
In the first 20 minutes Keighley score 3 tries. In scoring the second
it appeared that the try scorer had touched the flag before grounding
the ball but it was difficult to tell from where we were so no real
complaints. In scoring the third try the final pass was clearly
forward so now the Hull fans are pretty pissed off. Then comes the
fourth try. As Keighley player (don't know who) comes over the line
he drops the ball which is picked up by Gary Divorty who starts off
down the field. The referee then stops the play and calls him back.
We are all mystified by this as no Hull player had knocked on but even
so we assumed that the ref had called play back for a scrum. As the
player came across the line the ref was directly in front of him and
just a few feet away. He then goes across to the touch judge who is
40 yards away and could not have seen what happened. Referee then
comes back and awards a try. A few, and I emphasise the word few,
Hull fans then react to this and the provocation from the Keighley
fans and start a minor scuffle. As some people try and get away from
this the barrier collapses and people spill onto the pitch. It is not
a pitch invasion, no one goes further onto the pitch than the goal
I have mentioned the provocation from Keighley fans. I must point out
that I do not condone what happened at all. The people who started
the fighting are not wanted at any rugby league ground. However, I
think the Keighley fans who were in that part of the ground should
think about what they were doing.
Ryan, I would like you to try a little experiment. Go into a city
this weekend, any city will do - Bradford should be fairly handy for
you. Now find yourself a large group of blokes. Position yourself in
front of them and start giving them v-signs and shouting, "*** OFF
***ERS!". Let me know afterwards what sort of reaction you got - if
you can connect to the Internet from your hospital bed that is.
As I said, I do not condone the fighting but there is no way I would
do this sort of thing and not expect someone to come and try and kick
the shit out of me!
>The Cougar supporters on the North terrace had to be moved to
>the opposite side for their safety
In fact, so they didn't continue to provoke trouble.
>hence leaving the animals from Hull on their own to
>hurl insults and fists at themselves
Actually, we were just standing, singing 'Old Faithful' and waiting
for the game to restart.
Ryan's posting makes it sound like a war had broken out which only a
fully equiped riot squad could have dealt with. Frankly, I think that
this sort of posting is irresponsible.
I think it is Keighley's position in the rugby league that should be
examined, not Hull's. The sort of questions that the RFL should be
Why are spectators invited onto the pitch one minute and told to keep
off it the next?
After all the publicity surrounding sports ground safety in recent
years and the Taylor report, why is a ground allowed that is obviously
not fit for the purpose?
Why are there so few marshalls, and why can no one see them? Have
they considered the high visibility coats chosen by just about every
ground in the country instead of their Ronald MacDonald sweatshirts?
What effect is the whole atmosphere at Cougar Park likely to have on
away fams? Isn't it designed to provoke and intimidate?
Finally, back to the referee. Why do we have in-goal touch judges.
If a player has dropped the ball crossing the line he should be in the
best position to see it, yet the referee consults an official standing
40 yards away. IMO, if the referee can't see what has happened 3 feet
away from him he has no place on a rugby pitch.