So Hamlet fans watching the live stream (Confirmed) from Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal (also Canada, Australia)
The incident at the start definitely involved "fans" of both clubs. Not as though Dulwich are strangers to people having too much to drink before a game.... very disappointing it ended in violence mind you. Having said that it seemed to have been sorted incredibly quickly so I doubt most would have been aware of it.Even though I think Champion Hill can't really cope with crowds of that size, the atmosphere was absolutely electric. On the down-side there were twats fighting in the away end just before kick-off and there were also guys banging on the windows of the bar at half-time - guessing these were all Macc fans who'd had way too much to drink?
I do think it's a bit of a shame that teams and fans at this level are made to travel for a replay at such short notice. Given the expense and the distance and the pile up of fixures, I personally feel the competition should be tweaked to go straight to extra time and penalties without the replay. Disappointed not to be able to go to the replay but there's no chance I can travel to Macclesfield on a Tuesday night and loads of others will be in the same boat.
I'm booked on the coach now, but I investigated prices for travelling independently and an hour or so ago Virgin Trains website had £23 tickets each way from London to Macc departing early afternoon Tuesday and returning at a similar time Weds, and I found a hotel room in Macc for around fifty quid on booking.com.Couldn't agree more about the replay - the FA Cup replays are a week and a few days later, not immediately after, so at least it gives a bit more time to prepare. As it is for this train tickets are £165.50 single and there isn't a suitable train back so an overnight stay would be involved. £££.
Doris's work ?
It was various Police bodies that dictated to the FA that they needed at least a week to provide manpower for all cup replays. The downside to their "overkill" (including on a previous visit to Macclesfield), it meant nearly ever pub and eatery near station or between there and ground was closed. Most irritating......
Couldn't agree more about the replay - the FA Cup replays are a week and a few days later, not immediately after, so at least it gives a bit more time to prepare.