That example of local hatred can also be backed up with other – less violent but equally damaging – confrontations in the recent past between Forest and Derby players and a couple of other derbies with arrests and coins being thrown. It just seems to me that local rivalries are getting too nasty and people are forgetting its just a game of football.
So, then, imagine my happiness when I see the unique, yet non-violent, ways that Blackpool fans are taunting Preston North End fans.
Flying banners over football grounds…even using the Countdown Conundrum to rub salt into the wounds. It was, of course, retalliation for the famous sign Preston fans put on the M55 as Seasiders headed to Wembley for their Play-off win.
No one in Lancashire’s been getting letter bombs, there’s been no violence on the streets. The most fruity it got was Phil Brown threatneing to shoot the planes down.
It is all a legion away from the nastiness we have seen in other local rivalries. Sure, I bet Preston fans are hurting and it’s not nice to be reminded of your woes. But PNE fans are strong enough and decent enough to know where the boundary is between banter and bombs. How many other fans know that difference?
For that reason, they should be promoted to the Premier League on a Fair Play ticket and Blackpool should retain their status for being so innovative!
Then we’d get the Lancashire Hot Pot back and everyone will be happy.