A Heartwarming Football Tale of Lost Villa Inflatables
At the end of last season following on from the balloon and inflatable infused celebration at Villa Park against Hull City, a week later Villa fans took the party on to White Hart Lane for the traditional final away game fancy dressed party. What soon became apparent in London though was while inflatables had been part of the fun in the Holte End, Aston Villa away fans were informed by Spurs stewards they were banned from White Hart Lane.
The Villa fans who had inflatables confiscated off them before entering the ground were told by stewards they could pick them up after the game from the steward’s office. But when fans tried to do that, the office was closed.
Obviously, the Villa fans didn’t know inflatables were banned at White Hart Lane, after there was no problem bringing them into Villa Park, the week before. You live and learn, and next season we will give Southampton (who are the last away fixture) a heads-up.
What’s the big deal?
Yep, it’s only inflatables, but it’s a matter of principle. Away fans pay enough going to games without having to have their belongings taken off them, and as we saw at West Ham a couple of seasons ago, sometimes there’s a lack of consideration towards away fans. Conditions and attitudes only improve if football supporters stand up for themselves.
A case for Columbo
MOMS contacted Spurs asking them to investigate the missing inflatables and if found, with the wishes of some of the owners of the inflatables (including the guys at avillafan.com), have them sent to children at Acorns Hospice.
After searching the White Hart Lane steward’s room for them, it was concluded they had been cleared out by contract cleaners after the last game against Villa in preparation for the Ledley King Testimonial game the next day.
As a result of this, the Spurs Supporter Liaison Officer has offered up a signed shirt for Acorns to raffle or auction off in a future fundraiser. It’s a decent enough gesture and will raise some money for a good cause in the name of Villa’s away support.
Those inflatables served us well. RIP. UTV
Thanks to Tottenham’s Supporter Liaison Officer Jonathan Waite for his attention to this matter.