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Athletico Easthamico 9:52 Wed Jan 16
14 to West Ham (Liverpool Echo) Stories of poor away turnouts.
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/14-west-ham-explanation-behind-15674727

Amusing little story about when Liverpool took 14 to West Ham in the 74/75 season. Anybody remember the game?

Any tales when we took bugger all to away games for any reason?

And any stories of completely disastrous away days one way or another?

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Bullet 12:51 Mon Jan 21
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Gerry Mandarin 9:31 Sun Jan 20
First time for me, mates had been. Some mental skins with our mob, they went to the home wanted to take it, four of us went off to the away when a few big Geordies came out of an alleyway and called it on then about thirty (trap) more came from the alleyway, chased us up to the away end, where there were pockets of theirs already scattered about in 2's and 3's all over? Some got sussed and took a slap, others went quiet, mate got nicked by plod and ejected. 6ft 6" stood out, a few Geordies clocked him through the home end fence and went outside chased him, finally gave them the slip at the station. Copper in the escort told us worst he'd seen up there was red Scouse running them all over like rats a few years prior.

Mike the Hammer 11:49 Sun Jan 20
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It was a brilliant goal from Allen!

I think the Cearns may have cared about the club once, in a fleeting moment when they weren't thinking about lining their own pockets...

Grumpster 11:45 Sun Jan 20
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Just loved it in those days, proper football and was indeed a cracking 30 yarder for the goal.

Before I properly found alcohol as I was still a teenager.

£250 all in I think it was, probably would have been cheaper doing it independently but I was lazy!

Bought old man cearns a coffee at the cremonese game as he didn't have any money. Probably sums up that set of owners, but deep down they did care about the club.

Mike the Hammer 11:33 Sun Jan 20
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Grumpster 10:49 Sun Jan 20

There were a few of us who didn't go officially with the club...
Flew to Naples, stayed the night there and then got the train down to Cosenza. Found th hotel where the official travelling fans were located, and got some dirty looks from the club officials who saw us! It was chucking it down and we thought the gene may be postponed. And at one stage of the evening the barman decided to leave the bar to us fans for a while...

Troy McClure 11:10 Sun Jan 20
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Fantastic goal too grump.

Grumpster 10:49 Sun Jan 20
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After the first Anglo Italian match, there were only about 52 of us who also went to cosenza where Clive Allen scored the winner.

As it was all official with the club, we were on the same flight as the players!

Gerry Mandarin 9:31 Sun Jan 20
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Bullet

Remember that 1978 Newcastle away game in August well, my first WH game ever. Geordies trying to get at WH through game and a few actually getting over the fence from the Gallowgate end and dropping into WH on the side of the pitch and getting a pounding from us and the OB. 'I'll ave some of this', I thought, I was 11, chuckle.

Crazy In Cremonese 12:30 Sun Jan 20
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Away to Sunderland in September 88, midweek League Cup tie. Less than 100 Hammers there, a few of us in the seats. David Kelly actually scored twice!! Locals got very restless, ha ha!

Also went to the Newcastle game in 86 which was live on TV, I'm sure there were at least 400 there but time plays tricks on the memory! Stayed in Gateshead the night before, drank in local working man's club which was like the boozer in "Get Carter". Me ordering a lager top caused a bit of a stir...

B.ferguson1980 12:14 Sun Jan 20
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Mike the Hammer I went to that game at Newcastle in 86 I remember some Geordie's having a pop at the escort on the way back to the station I had to catch a train on Saturday night and some Barcodes running on the pitch after the game and coming over to our away section to have a pop but the fences stop them having a pop.

Bullet 12:59 Sat Jan 19
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Wanstead, must be about right the SB fence going up around 79-80, Millwall game 78 was probably what broke the camels back imho. I miss the atmosphere back then, being able to walk around all sides and stand where you pleased. Started going again after they made the BG all seater in the 90's but hated it because it killed the atmosphere for me personally that has carried on at the LS. If it wasn't for meeting up and having a beer I not sure I could hack it much.

wanstead_hammer 8:22 Fri Jan 18
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Bullet / SDKFZ222 / Long Lost

Weren't the fences on the south bank put up about 79/80.
They used to keep the away lot in the bit over near the west side and the ob used to line up by the gaps. Thought that was the only fence for a while.
The league cup game v front wheels 1980 (what a night that was) when West Ham done the touts and got in the SB for a tear up, only remember one fence even though they gave the 4b2s the whole end.

Don't remember any poor away day turn outs really, always seemed to be a mob there, dotted about sometimes, as usual.
And there was a good mob at the 79 Millwall game (one of the best mobs I've seen!).We met at the Wentworth.
And the boozer's still west ham and going strong to this day. Was in there last Saturday night after the gooners game.
Fuckin ell, 40 years ago.

And Bullet, i still get over there amongst the popcorn and hot chocolate stalls as well.
Bring back the peanut man through the crowd. He'll rake it in.
Cream crackered but loaded!

Long Lost 2:25 Fri Jan 18
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Bullet

Watching the Big Match reruns from the 82-83 season the south bank was segregated with fences then. 86/87 was my first season so all i remember is segregation

Bullet 4:08 Fri Jan 18
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SDKFZ222, I think I would have been at this match, but don't remember much of it. I am 100% sure this game was before segregation. Few came down in them days wisely. Forest came and ended on the pitch, Newcastle I think it was suffered similar. I went most games home and quite a few away 73-87 approx. Later that year in October 75 was the Man Utd game at UP with no segregation in the south bank when Man Utd fans got onto the pitch to get away from the West Ham fans attacking them stopping the game a couple of times. There is a link on you tube.

I remember the Millwall game at UP 78 the one after the Harry Cripps testimonial (missed that), there was no segregation just a helicopter overhead and a line of bobbies (one smashed his truncheon on the forehead of the bloke next to me, loads of claret) which gave way under the strain. Miillwall were chased out. The return at the old den 79 night game was also lively from early afternoon.

Can't remember when the fences went up in the south bank early 80s? Got a season ticket again now sit with the popcorn munchers, not sure for how long.

SDKFZ 222 3:04 Fri Jan 18
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I remember the Liverpool 0-0 home match as it was a great result for us at the time and we should have won, bearing in mind this was an era when they mostly beat us. However, I don’t recall anything about their support that night, was this before segregation (when they would have been mixed in with us in the South Bank) I can’t remember that detail?

Bullet 2:57 Fri Jan 18
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Smallest amount for me was 23rd Aug 78 Newcastle away Wednesday night 300 approx on the train 0-3 Devo Cross and Pop.

SDKFZ 222 2:44 Fri Jan 18
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Apart from friendlies and testimonials, I can’t think of many competitive away matches that I have been to were there have only been a few Hammers present. If we are speaking about less than a thousand I would say the following:

Cremonese (Anglo Italian), 1600 gate, but we still outnumbered the home fans.

Luton (Full Member’s Cup), December, 1990, about 500,

But, probably Millwall away, Division 2, May 1979, when we lost 2-1. The away section at that match was quite sparsely populated.

Mike the Hammer 2:11 Fri Jan 18
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Sunderland away in April 1985. Bloody cold, around 200 of us there. And we won 1-0.

Newcastle away in November 1986, on a Sunday for live TV, no trains during the day, got an overnight coach from Victoria up there, and coach back. Lost 4-0. About 150 of us there.

Other than Cosenza, where there were around 80 of us, not aware of anything less than those since I started going away in 1983.

Any Old Iron 11:44 Thu Jan 17
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I remember going to see us at Bramall Lane in '67 I think. There couldn't have been more than about 150 to 200. I was 13.
But one thing they'll never forget is seeing Sir Geoff Hurst getting sent off for the only time in his career after he chinned some northern clogger of a centre half.

bruuuno 11:32 Thu Jan 17
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Cardiff one cold Tuesday in November about fifteen years ago. There were about 200 of us

Lily Hammer 10:41 Thu Jan 17
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Hornchurch had about 11 coaches for Man U in the cup when Payet scored THAT free kick.

SDKFZ 222 9:24 Thu Jan 17
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I remember when we took 11 (yes, eleven!) official away coaches to Grimsby in November 1992, when we drew 1-1 (Morley scored!)

Despite selling out most away games these days, the average amount of ‘official’ away coaches are about 2 per match (Hornchurch take two or three, I believe.)

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