11 Aug '11, 6am

Snaps to @NeilHumphreys for his piece on London riots - brings economics and cultural issues together very well...

Snaps to @NeilHumphreys for his piece on London riots - brings economics and cultural issues together very well...

When I was 17, I participated in a genuine protest. It did not involve rioting or looting. The only thing I stole that day was a blade of the Upton Park turf. But it did involve football. In 1991, West Ham United launched the ludicrously naive – at the time – and exorbitant bond scheme, which was a right to buy a season ticket. For the first time, working class punters were expected to shell out for the “right” to buy a season ticket, rather than the season ticket itself. This was at a time when the club risked a riot for producing some of the most insipid football by a team of professional performers since Monty Python. So we protested. At full time, I joined a crowd of around a thousand supporters and participated in a sit-down protest on the pitch. No one moved until a supporters’ delegation was invited to air their grievances in the boardroom (although one or two did n...

Full article: http://miostadium.com/opinions/being-english-football-fan...

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