Can two sets of supporters, from good, decent football clubs, be trusted to share the same licensed premises with a couple of coppers on hand to nip any nonsense in the bud?
The answer from the Met is No. So make sure to get your pre-match pints in Kings Cross or elsewhere. Shepherds Bush may prove a desert. One or two publicans may welcome you but don’t bet on it.
This is from our “Who are You?” interview with a QPR fan, Kieran Robinson, due to be published here this evening: “If I can give some friendly advice to improve your experience in W12, it would be to avoid wearing colours, or at least be discreet. Not that you’ll get an especially unfriendly welcome from our supporters, it’s just that most if not all pubs in the Bush, are now “home fans only” on police advice. Old away fan haunts like O’Neill’s and Walkabout have closed or changed hands recently, so drinking around Kings Cross, Baker Street or Hammersmith may be a better shout for Sunderland fans. (I give way to the Beer-Meister – Steve Colwell, QPR fan and a good friend to this site – here!)”
Mean-spirited policing, however predictable, deserves a response. The best we can do is say no one will win a mug. This week’s Guess the Score is for fun only.
But have a go all the same. If you’re right, imagine you won something and raise a glass to the hope of a more enlightened police approach to football supporters, if not any day soon.
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