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Leaving the ground early

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  • Gillingham way in about 98-99 was a mass exodus on about 33 minutes in my mind

  • Some fans left Adams Park during the penalty shoot out the other night, which was odd

    Mind you, when I was still in the car park approaching 11 o'clock I could see their point

  • @eric_plant said:
    Some fans left Adams Park during the penalty shoot out the other night, which was odd

    Mind you, when I was still in the car park approaching 11 o'clock I could see their point

    Just before it, I could almost understand - if they didn't realise it was going to pens! But not during. That's mad.
    I went to the exit when we made our second miss, but still needed to see the bitter end!

  • edited August 2019

    Anyone ever travelled to an away game and not bothered going to the game?

    I was once in a group of 4 at Brentford of which I was the only one who went to the game

  • @eric_plant said:
    Anyone ever travelled to an away game and not bothered going to the game?

    I was once in a group of 4 at Brentford of which I was the only one who went to the game

    I find this the most baffling. I mean, its not like Brentford has got much else on offer.

  • they just got too settled in the pub. I'm not defending them

  • edited August 2019

    The family in the row in front all left when we went 3-2 down against Carlisle.
    Then the family that sit next to me left on about 80 minutes.
    It did create plenty of space for my exuberant celebration when Beano scored.

  • It's inexplicable to me...having seen as noted above some great winners/equalisers in the last knockings...but as long as they've paid their money I'm not too fussed.

  • Can't understand it myself - have never ever done it. Felt sorry for the guy on the FB group who was in the disabled area at ground level on Saturday, when some bright spark leaving early stops directly in front of him just at the moment when Wheeler scored the winner.

  • edited August 2019

    @NewburyWanderer said:
    Can't understand it myself - have never ever done it. Felt sorry for the guy on the FB group who was in the disabled area at ground level on Saturday, when some bright spark leaving early stops directly in front of him just at the moment when Wheeler scored the winner.

    Yep - they must have known they were right in front of someone there.

    But then lower down the fb group was someone saying that getting crushed behind the goal, by the goon hoardes who sprint down from the terrace to celebrate late goals is some sort of given, and if you don't like it, don't stand there!

  • @eric_plant said:
    Anyone ever travelled to an away game and not bothered going to the game?

    I was once in a group of 4 at Brentford of which I was the only one who went to the game

    Once or twice. Also have driven to a game got there and changed my mind and gone home.

  • Blocking anyone's view is just plain inconsiderate, but I was thinking could we not have a higher disabled section? It would give those that need it a better vantage point. Maybe in the area in front of one of the boxes, as I'm not sure they're often all in use? That's assuming I haven't imagined the lift up to the Frank Adams.

  • How many players have left before the final whistle? I can only think of Barry Silkman

  • I thought I heard Aaron Pierre nipped out to do some shopping once...

  • Way way back about 1983 I went to an away FA cup match at Worcester. It was a 1-1 draw we equalised last minute to force a replay. The guy who sat next to me in the coach (I didn't know him ) left early so missed our goal. He left to sit in our coach in the car park! Work that one out.

  • I went to Boston a few years back with the missus and the kids. Wife was so fed up she spotted a Mattalan next door and left at half time. It was a boring game, but as I recall we scored a cracking goal last minute

  • I don’t understand why anyone would pay good money to watch a football match then leave early without knowing the final result. Surely the first thing they do once outside the ground is try and find out what that final result was, or do they just not really give a shit.

  • A Wycombe fan once left the Kassam stadium 8 minutes into an Oxford v Wycombe league game to go ten pin bowling.

    Also a Legacy member.

  • Carlisle away, spent the weekend in Blackpool and the coach took us up to Cumbria on the Sunday.
    About 8 of us watched it live in the golf club next door. We got thumped, it was in the Alan Smith days.

  • I do wonder with some people there’s an element of superstition to it. I remember years ago going for a pee when we were losing 1-0 and playing rubbish and missing an allegedly cracking equaliser (from Dylan Evans I think). I then spent the next 10 years or so going to the toilet in a vain hope of us snatching an undeserved goal when we were in a similar position.

    So I do wonder if some people (the guy at Worcester?) leave early when we’re losing in the hope that by doing so our fortunes will change.

    But I accept that’s the minority and some people are just weird. (Or more weird)

  • I left barnet away season before last after 20 minutes because I was freezing my tits off as it wss caked in snow. Also because the Irish bar down the road was much more appealing. Did not regret it at all. I usually stay in the ground until full time when I go to AP, but have left early once or twice in my life if I've had an early evening engagement.

    Hard as it is to believe for some people, often the match is secondary to meeting your mates and socialising, so leaving early isn't as big a deal for them.

  • Today was not the day to experiment with leaving on 88 minutes to avoid the car park queues.

  • Still they streamed out - incredible

  • And with six substitutions, five minutes injury time and bookable timewastimg 6 minutes seemed inadequate at the time but proved just enough in any case!

  • Foul and yellow card count also probably better than for several seasons (so far).

  • I have to say, I agree 100% with @Stewie63 . Of course, it’s their personal choice, but I simply don’t understand it. I have never done it myself and I never will. If I go to sporting event, I want to see the final outcome (even a horrendous 5-0 home defeat for us.)

  • Anyone who leaves early every week is just mad why why why?

  • Last year I did the double of an early prem game at Wembley followed by a 3pm at AP. Needed to miss a few minutes of both to make it happen. With result seemingly secure I left Wembley about 10 mins early i headed for the train and couldn't believe how many other people were streaming out as well. Hundreds.

  • I've done it on many occasions, I don't think I've ever gone into the game with the intention of getting off early though.

    My first ever game at Adams Park was a nightmare, I got a couple of my mates to come with me from Liverpool. I was around 16/17 at the time and after going to local away games for years I was excited to finally get to a home game. We'd booked on certain trains and we had to get 7/8 trains that day.

    Everything was going to plan, it was 0-0 at half time against Peterborough (10/11/2001 acc to a quick search) when suddenly the floodlights went out. I can't remember how long for but we managed to stay for about 5 or 10 minutes of the 2nd half before having to get a taxi back the station to catch the train home.

    We went on to win the game 3-0 and I'd lost the all the train tickets, I only realised I'd lost them when the guard come. Nightmare. I got a letter in the post with a fine a week or so later.

    Luckily it didn't put me off coming back!

  • There is a mysterious man who sometimes sits alone at a table in the corner, staring sadly at his ale with a faraway look in his eyes. The locals generally leave him alone, for there are whispers that he has known great tragedy and personal loss.

    One day, my curiosity gets the better of me. Why is this weather beaten man so wistful? What happened to give him such a melancholy air? I decide to approach, looking hesitantly at his haggard features, and seeing his weary eyes turn to me as I draw near. Falteringly, I ask the burning question. Why so downcast? Why so glum? Why is the pain of a thousand fires burned into his fevered brow?

    He looks startled at first, but then his shoulders hunch, as he is overcome with shameful memories. Hardly daring to meet my questioning gaze, he mumbles the dread answer.

    "I was in the car park when Beany scored".

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