Leeds United V Bristol City Brings in the Crowds
By Trucks79 | Saturday, February 12, 2011, 15:48
Locals in Thornbury were stunned this morning when their market town was swamped with football supporters, at one point Leeds united supporters were flocking into Thornbury by the coach load.
Leeds Supporters setting up Camp
Police respond to call at the White Lion
Police Riot Van remains on hand in the High Street
At first glance locals were attracted by police activity focussing on the White Lion public house in the High Street; this was further enhanced with police patrolling the town centre on foot as well as a police riot van taking up residence outside Wildings in the High Street.
As I was walking up towards the Barrell public house it became even more obvious that the town had started to become swamped with football fans including a group of Leeds supporters setting up camp complete with a large Leeds United FC Banner outside the Barrell.
Although police were called to the White Lion it seemed that the visitors were in good spirit, but with the market town not being used to attracting such football crowds it was clear that some locals felt a little on edge.
One resident Marther 64 said “the last time I seen Thornbury like this was in the 90’s when England was in the World Cup, I must admit I feel venerable at the moment with all these youths walking around being loud and drinking”
Another local resident said “I just don’t know what they are doing here! We are nowhere near the city ground, there is no reason why they should be coming here!”
Although the out of the blue visit might not be everyone’s cup of tea the local pubs will certainly be welcoming the additional trade, that’s the local pubs apart from the very much run down Swan.
I previously reported on the much needed building and maintenance works at the Swan and over recent weeks there has been a clear presence of workmen at the site. However the pub still has a very long way to go.
Whilst I was stood on the high street watching the police activity outside the White Lion I noticed the Swan was silent with just one person noticeable through the window. I did however see groups of people walking in through the front double doors but almost instantly walking back out again. One lad even making a passing comment about being able to find a better pub in Beirut .
Were you out and about shopping today if so what did you make of the influx of visitors, with a number of the supporters downing their pints some two hours before the kick-off it begs the question about the possibility of drunken disorder later on today.
Let me know what you think also if you were at one of the local pubs in the town today then I would also love to hear what the atmosphere was like.