There’s some sad and disappointing news today, that Newcastle fans who went to Wigan for the game last Sunday, have caused trouble at a local football game before the Wigan – Newcastle match even started.
Newcastle fans running riot at Wigan Cosmos FC
The news is that fans disrupted some local amateur matches that were being played near the away end of Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium before the Premier League game started.
They are accused of running onto the pitch while the game was in progress, dropping their trousers, ripping out the nets and attempting to break the goals by hanging on the crossbars, and then going on Twitter and YouTube to broadcast their destruction.
The game was between Wigan Cosmos and AFC Leigh Centurions in the South Lancashire Counties League, and this is what a Cosmos spokesman said.
“As the supporters spilled out of the coaches, which were not managed by the club or police officials, they proceeded to watch the game from the touch-line.” “Some fans then chose to run on to the field of play, dropping their pants, causing the game to be stopped.”
“The situation then magnified as a crowd of around 250 to 300 Newcastle United fans followed suit. Although good-natured at first, the fans then started to rip out corner flags as they ran over the pitches and also took the match ball. We never recovered the ball, though we did manage to recover the corner flags.”
“The so-called fans then decided to charge over to the adjacent pitch where Goose Green Reserves were entertaining Olympic AFC in another South Lancashire Counties fixture. They again began by ripping out their corner flags.” “The fans then charged into the goalmouth, jumping on to the goalposts in an attempt to snap the crossbar with the sheer numbers clambering on them.”
“They then started to rip the nets from the posts, tearing them and trying to take them. Our players helped to retrieve the nets.” “After spending quite some time singing and hanging on the goalposts, the fans then ran back over to our pitch whilst singing ‘We’re Newcastle United, we’ll do what we want’.”
“Once again I would like to stress that, despite the obvious scenes developing, no support was provided from the authorities.” “This incident was a very distasteful experience that lasted for over 40 minutes and with families, dads, grand-dads and youngsters all watching the games as well as some quite experienced players who were all left shaken.”
““The fact that these same fans have taken to Twitter and YouTube to boast about the incident and in fact revel in it, showing no signs of remorse, is possibly even more disturbing.” “Not only have they cost my football team a great deal of expense but they have shown a total disrespect to football itself.”
Here is where you can read the fuller report from Wigan Cosmos on the riotous Newcastle fans – and it includes photos down the right hand side, and there is some later news that a Newcastle representative communicated with the Wigan Cosmos club, and this is what the Wigan Cosmos club said about that communication:
“Newcastle United are aware of the incident following a number of complaints that they had received and that the matter was now being dealt with by the Wigan Police.” “Newcastle United accept and are aware that they have a minority of fans intent on causing trouble and are working with the Police to identify these fans, and were passing on any information and complaints to the Police – and because of the Wigan away allocation there was a larger number of travelling away supporters”.
We hope the police get involved and track down the offenders – and then Newcastle should take appropriate action against all of the perpetrators – which we can hardly call fans.
We cannot have these hooligans damaging the good name of Newcastle United, and carrying out this stupid vandalism while attending Newcastle’s away games.
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