Whilst the Park Lane did well in engineering a response, especially early on, the soundtrack to yesterday ‘s Europa League exit was for the majority the tedious orchestrated noise coming from the away end.
In the front of the Dortmund corner of the Park Lane at least two drummers were sat whilst several strapping lads paid no attention to the game whatsoever and instead conducted the black and yellow ranks in front of them.
Very nice of Spurs to allow this given the treatment our supporters received at the turnstiles in Dortmund, but blimey it was painful.
The choreographed monotony of the away support seemed a total aside to what was going on on the field. When their goals flew in they hardly missed a beat and when skipper Reus was substituted there was no applause or appreciation of the elegant impact he’d made on the game – mind you there were so many banners and flags that probably very few of the contingent were aware of what had happened. (By the way – I’m sure that we’re not allowed to take instruments, flags or banners in to WHL except under special circumstances, the 125th year birthday game for example.)
We’re used to the crowd responding to the action on the field and the atmosphere growing and changing accordingly not this manufactured and artificial approach brought by the German ‘choir’. Should we have the misfortune of drawing them again I’d suggest a prepared response, maybe the Dagenham Girl Pipers in full flow in the section next to them – they’re about as relevant to football watching as what we witnessed last night.
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