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murgy34
05-03-2014, 07:13 PM
rotherham me

bfcjg
05-03-2014, 07:15 PM
As I am such a good looking bloke I would have to say Brighton ;D
After that Ayersome Park, Victoria ground.

murgy34
05-03-2014, 07:26 PM
Millmoor was quite intimidating. A long narrow allyway down to the away end.

jimmymaccer
05-03-2014, 07:35 PM
Celtic

end of.

KCClaret
05-03-2014, 07:37 PM
The Victoria Ground many, many years ago. The first time I'd seen a brick come through the coach window.

SloughClarets
05-03-2014, 07:49 PM
Hanworth Villa, never thought I would leave that place alive.

yorkyclaret
05-03-2014, 07:52 PM
Close thing, Main Road or The original Den, just remembered walking up Cold Blow Lane after a 2-0 win, the Den it is.

hello_dave
05-03-2014, 07:54 PM
Upton Park in the 60`s...Hillsboro in the 70`s (2nd division title winning season)

murgy34
05-03-2014, 07:56 PM
yer another ground maine old ground

bfcmik
05-03-2014, 08:21 PM
Difficult to choose between Turin and Marseille for the England games there.

For Burnley matches Elland Rd was always a nightmare to get out of as you were often heading bricks on your way back to the coaches, Stamford Bridge and Upton Park could get quite scary but nowhere was as totally scary as The Den!

The Bedlington Terrier
05-03-2014, 08:27 PM
Old Trafford in the Sixties. A frigging nightmare!

SteakPuddChipsNGravy
05-03-2014, 08:43 PM
Old Trafford in the Seventies. Still a frigging nightmare!:D

DiBranchio
05-03-2014, 08:50 PM
West View.

SethHowarthsHair
05-03-2014, 08:53 PM
My dad tells me his was Newport county, mine is probably cardiff

lotty1
05-03-2014, 08:54 PM
Old Den , Upton Park and Hillsborough .

Claret_on_Sea
05-03-2014, 09:00 PM
Old Den for me. Inside and outside.

Redbeard
05-03-2014, 09:08 PM
After having fought hundreds of sea battles over the centuries, Murgy, I'm hardly intimidated by a few fat-mouthed football fans.

At most grounds the sight of my battle scars is enough to shut them up, whilst a quick flash of my cutlass and pistols is enough to make even Millwall run home to their mummies.

Quicknick
05-03-2014, 09:11 PM
Gravesend and Northfleet. Went with Barnet in the late 80s for a FA Trophy game. G&N had WHU with them.

SandbachBFC
05-03-2014, 09:33 PM
Oddly; Tranmeeeeer, 1981. Night game. Scary, but an early lesson in fashion.

IanMcL
05-03-2014, 09:36 PM
Turf Moor!

Otherwise, Cold Blow Lane original Den.

gosia
05-03-2014, 10:59 PM
The Shed, Chelsea in early 70's or thereabouts. Pre segregation.

Stood with a friend one row up from the first row of Burnley fans that became surrounded by threatening Chelsea fans who parted to let one of their fans and his gang through. He was a ugly looking guy with long ginger hair and they clearly were intent on starting a fight.
The other Chelsea fans bowed and chanted his ( Jesus, would you believe) as he came up to the Burnley ranks. I and my mate, and no doubt those in the row in front were absolutely shi**ing ourselves as there was no where to leg it apart from up the gangway and it was clear we wouldn't be able to make it in time.

I don't believe in miracles but at the precise moment we thought we were goners and about to get a serious pasting we heard the shouts of 'Cum on Burnley' in deep East Lancastrian accents. Everyone including the Chelsea fans looked round and saw about 8 or so Burnley fans, fully grown men (miners, I think they were) come pushing their way

DownUnderClaret
06-03-2014, 01:13 AM
Victoria Park against Collingwood back in the late eighties.

NJclaret
06-03-2014, 01:49 AM
For me it's Sheffield Wednesday, hillsborough. I saw us play there and even though we were 2-0 ahead, when they pulled one back the noise of the place buzzing was enough to make me nervous.

Covclaret
06-03-2014, 03:29 AM
Who were you following DownUnder? I went to the Dockers against Collingwood last year at Pattersons and was surrounded by touthless, tattooed Pies fans, but they weren't intimidating, despite most being drunk.

Quicknick
06-03-2014, 04:19 AM
gosia. If Morgan scored it must have been the 60s as he'd left for Manure before the early 70s. Good post, though.

DownUnderClaret
06-03-2014, 04:44 AM
@ covclaret: At the time I was supporting Carlton, as there were no South Aussie teams in the VFL. I now support the Adelaide Crows.

flixtonclaret
06-03-2014, 05:34 AM
Seth HH it was not Newport County's ground that was
Intimidating it was the pub car park when Cardiff City heard we were drinking in the boozer, I was with your dad. From our dark days in the lower leagues some scary days and nights at Swindon Town,
Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City. Seth I am surprised you have not mentioned Grimsby Town?

neckdown
06-03-2014, 07:10 AM
lowerhouse :s : only when the locals smile

carnsmerry12
06-03-2014, 08:38 AM
Ninian Park, Cardiff.Escorted in, escorted out but it didnt stop the missiles etc.A section of Cardiff fans to our right did not watch the game at all, they simply focused on us.

CnBtruntru
06-03-2014, 09:30 AM
Villa early 80s division 1, coaches getting bricked as going back up slip road to motorway also Villa fans were already in our end when we went in, Milk Cup semi at Anfield lads getting slashed and beaten, watching scousers pull Stanley knife blades from there pockets, Sheff Utd early 80s, got through turnstile and got thumped straight away :D

Still alive though :D so cannot complain.

Quicknick
06-03-2014, 09:55 AM
If by div 1 you mean the top tier, we weren't in it in the early 80s. We'd just gone down to the third tier.

buxtonclaret
06-03-2014, 10:23 AM
Have been to a few over the years.
BellEnd Road
Stokes old Victoria ground.
Wolves was a bit hairy after the match when they beat us way back in the realisation battle in the 70 s.
Lots more.

But nowhere, and I really mean nowhere was like the old Den at Millwall. :(
Can remember in the early 80 s on a cold midweek game we lost 2-0
Was sat a couple of rows back from this very large build matriarch and was seemed like her tribe of siblings.
Her noise, aggression and hatred for anything other than Millwall shone through throughout the first half.
They way she goaded some of the younger tribe members still sends shivers down me now. :(
I've moved for the second half, but could still hear her.
:(

McMinn_Ted
06-03-2014, 10:34 AM
Stockport. The crap I've had to put up with on a Friday night fixture leaving that place. Old Cardiff and old Stoke both horrid walks

youcannotbeserious
06-03-2014, 10:42 AM
Cardiff. Ninian Park 29.02.1992. fighting before game. after game taffs throwing concrete onto away end & punches over top of police escort. I don't think they like us much.

it's the only time I've said s**t! when we scored. won 2-0. Mike Conroy 2 goals (think) 16,000 on

youcannotbeserious
06-03-2014, 10:49 AM
had some interesting trips to Bolton Burnden Park too

shandyclaret
06-03-2014, 11:39 AM
"Cardiff. Ninian Park 29.02.1992. fighting before game. after game taffs throwing concrete onto away end & punches over top of police escort. I don't think they like us much.

it's the only time I've said s**t! when we scored. won 2-0. Mike Conroy 2 goals (think) 16,000 on"

I was there too, I knew we were in for a fun afternoon when some welsh nutter headbutted our transit van while we were waiting at a red light.

ClaretsEngineer
06-03-2014, 11:48 AM
i think the levels of violence and aggravation have been on a downward trend since the 80's and 90's.

I only returned to the Turf and to watching Burnley after our relegation from the PL, so for me the most intimidating ground i've been to recently is Rovers Away last year.

I just found it amazing that their fans (to our right)repeatedly entered the confines of the playing area without reprimand from the police.

I reckon if the Rovers fans had really wanted to kick off they could have done and the police would have been overrun.

scoobyclaret
06-03-2014, 12:00 PM
Gillingham during the Waddle season-very hostile atmosphere all afternoon possibly due to the stabbing that occurred in one of the narrow alleyways around the ground before the match.

I was staying over with a relative and we made sure our colours were covered up walking off and we had our post match drinks in a pub well away from the ground!

Seem to recall Wolves being quite intimidating as well as the home and away fans merge coming out of the away end and the walk back to where the coaches were parked could be quite dodgy.

mkmel
06-03-2014, 01:02 PM
Birmingham on the day that we learnt that we had signed Ian Moore from Stockport.

After the game we had helicopters flying overhead and police in riot gear escorting us to New Street train station and still we had Birmingham fans goading us from side alleyways just itching for a fight.

Been to the New Den twice and first time we lost and didn't see any trouble and second time we won and saw lots of fighting in the road outside the ground.

OneNilWade
06-03-2014, 01:41 PM
Honestly..Ewood late 70's early 80's got a right smack and the train got smashed to bits also walking back to Mill Hill with very few police was a real challenge...others were

Preston Blackpool Derby Sheff utd Huddersfield

it was just a different ball game in them days >:(

ClaretTony2014
06-03-2014, 01:44 PM
Always thought West Ham was horrible back in the day, and it was the only ground four years ago where we suffered any abuse outside during the Premier League season.

A lot of unpleasant places back in the 1970s.

silkyskills1
06-03-2014, 03:04 PM
I was there that day against Cardiff. My son,who was only 12 was with me and we found ourselves in the middle of the playing surface when the game was over as it was the only safe place to be. Randall got the first goal and then Conroy wrapped it up a few minutes later. The only time I've ever hoped we didn't score a goal was at home to Celtic in 1978 though that day ran it close.

Toejam
06-03-2014, 04:19 PM
"Scooby claret".. I remember that game but I don't seem to recall any of that? it was a Fulham fan who was stabbed and that was about 3 months before... Also the brum game where we signed ian moore was that not because of the burnley fans charging the fence that the brum fans went a bit mad, and it was just the one chopper pal :) Going back to the Cardiff comments I think that's about fair along with the usual stoke old ground/stockport/Middlesboro etc.. but ask any of these fans and they will tell you burnley too, infact even if your a burnley fan from a surrounding town it can be sometimes hostile as ive witnessed on a few occasions around b.wood/town areas..

cheshiresetclaret
06-03-2014, 04:45 PM
probably old trafford in 70s but the ground that had most impact on me was Anfield and arriving in Kennilworth road stand just after kick off for a night game and coming out right up against the Kop with my dad - id never seen anything like it - 26,000 scousers behind the goal swaying around like nobodys business. I think Ian Brennan scored that night

mkmel
06-03-2014, 05:07 PM
"was that not because of the burnley fans charging the fence that the brum fans went a bit mad"


I think that was at West Brom and I was at that game too.

CnBtruntru
06-03-2014, 05:09 PM
Villa early 70s division 1, coaches getting bricked as going back up slip road to motorway also Villa fans were already in our end when we went in, Milk Cup semi at Anfield (81) lads getting slashed and beaten, watching scousers pull Stanley knife blades from there pockets, Sheff Utd early 80s, got through turnstile and got thumped straight away :D

Still alive though :D so cannot complain.

Showing me ****ing age now. Also Maine Rd for Charity Shield stood in Kippax, did not dare to jump >;)

loyalclaret
06-03-2014, 06:30 PM
Happened at both games mkmel, Birmingham was the fence to the left and gate at the front entrance to the street. Burnley fans have often been tarred with attacking away fans but at the West Brom game something happened inside the ground at h/t and f/t, the police left their posts outside and every man and his dog were attacked outside walking down the lane to the coaches.

Quattro
06-03-2014, 07:40 PM
It's difficult to chose just one, so here are mine:

Stoke City (Victoria Ground) - I'm certain it was the season where Mark Monnington ended up in the nets I think. I don't recall too much, but I do recall a bad atmosphere and I was a really scared teen!

Wolves (Molineux) - I recall being approached by three lads and being asked the time. Looking as though they were pretty handy, and a lot larger than me, I just legged it...again, a very scared teen! I later ID'd one of the lads as "Lenny" who was one of the top lads in their firm.

Birmingham (St Andrews) - it's never really reassuring when you have to go through an airlock created by two sets of gates with a police helicopter hovering above!

Milwall (The New Den) - again, another airlock thanks to two sets of gates, but this time, the only thing flying was coins, bricks, bottles and anything else which was easily chuckable!

Glass3QtsEmpty
06-03-2014, 08:22 PM
Cardiff when we beat them 2-0. 16,000 gate police were expecting 6,000.

Not a scarf or replica top in their crowd.

Bricked us from outside the ground after the match so Police took us onto the pitch.

Holtyclaret
07-03-2014, 01:23 PM
That Cardiff game too, Edgley Park on Friday nights and bizarrely Mansfield Town one Saturday afternoon when ambushed walking to the ground by thugs hiding behind a wall.

Rochdale away was always ace when on the ground but a bit scarey getting to and from the ground.

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leightonorient30
07-03-2014, 07:25 PM
Slough Town.

dougcollins
07-03-2014, 07:43 PM
'Bricked us from outside the ground after the match so Police took us onto the pitch.'

I don't exactly remember it like that. We were trying to get on the pitch and the coppers were yelling 'get back in there'(and hitting us with batons).

A copper then got hit by a brick -from the CFC lot outside - and they hit us even more.

Add to that all the car windows being smashed and a good kicking in the car park, it was a fun day out.


'and bizarrely Mansfield Town one Saturday afternoon when ambushed walking to the ground by thugs hiding behind a wall.'

They were Forest.

thelifeofbrian
08-03-2014, 07:09 AM
I too was at the Cardiff game at the old ninnian park must of Been 1990...anyway I remember we beat them and we were stood behind the goal where the away fans went very similar to old bee hole as it had no roof.

when the game fin7shed the Cardiff fans decided to throw bricks coins and anything they could get there hands on from outside the ground into the away end so the police led all Burnley fans on to the pitch... once the Cardiff fans were alerted to this they started to come back into the ground and mayhem ensued

it was a case of stay in the stand and get pelted by bricks or go on the pitch and get your face kicked in.

I still have flashbacks

ecc
08-03-2014, 12:20 PM
West Ham was not very pleasant.