> Just wondering.
> Which ground can claim the title of worst crowd behaviour for
> From my flimsy recall of Aust history there's been;
> Sydney; 1880 something; Crowd invasion over a runout dispute. Lord
> struck by a stick.
> Sydney, 1971; Illingworth led his side off after Snow manhandled by an
> off-field spectator. Cans thrown onto field.
> Melbourne, 1999: Play stopped after Indian (?) fans bombarded the outfield
> with rubbish.
> Melbourne, 1998 (?); Play stopped by crowd misbehaviour. Can't recall
> but do recall SKW going to fence to
> plead for order. (Strange but true)
> Perth, 1982(?); Alderman injured in fracas with ground-invading pommy
> Small beer compared to burning down stands & tear gassing the crowd but
> a start. Others?
A couple in the West Indies...
On the last Australian tour, Sherwin Campbell was given out, which prompted
a riot from the crowd which caused the players to leave the field. As they
left, TV footage showed Steve Waugh being almost hit in the head by a
bottle. During the break, Steve Waugh called Campbell back and he resumed
On the same tour there were a couple of crowd invasions at the end of
matches where spectators tried to take bats, stumps etc out of the hands of
the players. (I seem to recall Steve Waugh running a three to win a game but
only just making his ground on the third run after being jostled by several
Also, on the 1978 West Indies tour, a riot stopped play with the Australians
barricading themselves in the dressing room under the grandstand, surrounded
by armed security guards. (Can't remember the details but I can remember
players from the team relating the incident when speaking as guest speakers