Urchin Boy, Hornchurch Boys, urchinboys, The Hornchurch and Psycho Monkey – just five of them - have written so many jibes, digs and insults that I knew it wouldn’t be long before similarly intellectually challenged fans from Gravesend and Billericay joined in. But there is so little sense in any of the hundreds of words they have written between them that the sum of the various postings smacks of poor losers rather than any serious or genuine complaint against either the Canvey fans or the stewards.
I saw a large group of youngsters (12 – 16yrs?) who, being egged on by older fans, decided to start behaving in a threatening and intimidating way as they passed those waiting outside the clubhouse. Instead of the older fans telling the youths to calm down and sort out potential problems themselves, they seemed to encourage them. Boosted by this support the insults and intimidation got worse and there was danger of things getting out of hand and so the stewards had little option but to get these troublemakers out of the ground. On the other hand, those Hornchurch fans who were only interested in having a drink and not causing trouble were drinking and chatting well after 6:00pm when I left the ground. One of them even apologised to me and my drinking pals for the few troublemakers from Hornchurch.
Of the 911 people at the game it seems that over 900 of them had an great afternoon and enjoyed the game (whether winners or losers). Then five of them decided to bring the level of their club down to gutter level by posting such a load of childish rubbish on this normally erudite discussion board. Shame.
Hornchurch have had a terrific season, having come from virtually nowhere a few seasons ago, and now making a serious challenge on the league. To talk about cheating is such nonsense; how can you take anything these five say with any seriousness? If they go through their lives assuming that referees are biased every time a decision goes against them, they are going to have a very sad time watching football. What Canvey have achieved this season is seen by most intelligent observers as terrific. It can’t all be down to good luck and poor referees. If anyone wants to discuss cheats, lets talk about the way Hornchurch’s first goal was helped into the net with an elbow!
If anyone disagrees with me, let them put a few serious sentences together that make valid points and offers sensible points for discussion. Keep the ‘nah, nah, yaboo, sucks’ type of posting for their own discussion board and lets get this one back to a more intellectual level.