With Newcastle fans having yet another ‘free’ weekend due to the club’s policy (no matter what the official NUFC Fans Forum minutes might say) on the Cups, it was left to the Aston Villa fans to provide the highlight of the weekend.

Having experienced the backward nature of many Aston Villa fans over the years, especially their embarrassing behaviour when Newcastle were relegated in 2009, it was great yesterday for a national/international TV audience to also get a glimpse of what we already knew.

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The FA Cup quarter-final against West Brom resembled a Jeremy Kyle special whenever we were treated to close-ups of the Villa fans.

With Villa leading and the match drawing to a close, it was noticeable how Aston Villa fans were being allowed to mass at the side of the pitch, with a number having already ran onto the playing surface for their five seconds of fame, with hardly a steward/policeman in sight and seemingly no punishment.

It was all very reminiscent of many of our trips to the Stadium of Light in the past, or the infamous day when Newcastle stayed up at Leicester in 1992 on the final day of the season.

Notice the use of the word ‘PAST’.

So yesterday Aston Villa fans flooded onto the pitch when their team scored the clinching second goal, then again at the final whistle. Running around gurning for the cameras and taunting the West Brom supporters.

Luckily for all concerned, the Baggies fans don’t have a reputation for getting ‘involved’ and Villa, their fans and the police got very very lucky for their poorly thought out ‘planning’ for this high profile (for Villa) match.

If there had been any number of other clubs in opposition, then it would have been a given that significant numbers of away fans would have confronted the Aston Villa fans and their behaviour.

Yesterday it was clear that the police and stewards weren’t in control of the situation, with Villa fans allowed freely to roam the pitch with players of both teams and the match officials open to assault.

Adding hundreds or even thousands of away fans to that situation could have caused one of the biggest riots for years.

Showing the Aston Villa fans up even more, Fabian Delph admitted that he himself had been scared and that Villa fans were even biting players

It is maybe too much to hope that the FA will kick them out of the FA Cup for what occurred yesterday.

However, West Brom would be well within their rights to demand action, as those final minutes clearly left their players intimidated. With Villa fans having already ran onto the pitch in their hundreds, then there being thousands of the home supporters allowed to stand around the perimeter, ready to run on again without any police/stewards in sight to stop them.

A range of comments after the game:

Aston Villa official statement:

“They have let both themselves and their club down.”

West Brom manager Tony Pulis:

“If you are Villa then you need to look at the stewards as they came over to our fans and there was nobody there.

“I am sure the FA will look at it without me poking my nose in – if we’d had a lot of stewards it would be sorted out.”

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Fabian Delph:

“It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off.

“People tried to kiss me and were biting me and It was scary.”

Co-Commentator Mark Lawrenson:

“Why would you do this? You’re winning, absolutely stupid. Loads of villages have lost their idiots tonight. “

Pundit Kevin Phillips:

“I think there’s going to be repercussions for Villa here as I don’t think there was enough police or stewards to stop them coming on the pitch.”



  • Munich Mag

    Mark Lawrenson and the term village idiot are a perfect match…

  • basherbate

    TeamToon they are totally a classless bunch! Say no more! #avfc http://twitter.com/basherbate/status/574517598349606912/photo/1

  • Paul Patterson

    The FA (Groan) need to look into this and ask themselves these questions:

    Did the pitch invasion/s influence the result?
    Were there any criminal actions taking place during such invasion/s?

    Outcome-
    Fine AVFC and replay the game behind closed doors, at the Etihad or Old Trafford for example.

  • Paul Patterson

    Munich Mag  He said that live on BBC, it was hilarious . .

  • ianross239

    basherbate TeamToon and I suppose punching horses is class? http://twitter.com/ianross239/status/574518309074378752/photo/1

  • luton57

    Poor old Newcastle.Jealousy will get you knowhere

  • basherbate

    ianross239 Ian it happens! One horse puncher outside ground! 1000s on pitch! Inside! Hope #avfc are hammered!

  • toonterrier

    Gross stupidity by the Villa fans. They had the game won so what was the point in the pitch invasion. The last thing we need is barriers up to keep the fans locked in as it takes the whole atmosphere out of the game.  Give Villa a massive fine and consider banning the supporters from the semi final and see how much it hurts them but it will be a lesson learned for other teams and their fans. Its something that will never happen at Newcastle as we have no ambition to win anything especially trophies unless its the plodders of the year award.

  • mrkgw

    Following the manner in which they sneered at our supporters when relegated a few years back, I hope that they go down this time.

  • Marklp

    Every club has its idiots, to single out Villa is wrong, even if they are the headlines today, how many of our fans would try to get to the Sunderland fans if it wasn’t for police and stewards. We also invaded the pitch at Plymouth when we got promoted. Villa need to have a good look at how the steward matches. Every club with a big following has this problem it’s all about how the club prevent them from doing it.

  • dav232

    O dear Dale Thompson you seem to have conveniently forgot that the west brom fans did get involved by ripping up seats and throwing them at the villa fans below! Let go of your hatred, relax and concentrate on supporting your small club.

  • luton57

    Dav232 you are totally correct.,Dale Thompson is obviously only wearing one set of glasses which are extremely biased against Aston Villa.Grow up and concentrate on supporting your own team.When Did NUFC last win a trophy??

  • Benny 1234786

    The game was already won before the pitch invasion and even if the game is replayed villa will still win. Plus newcastle fans can’t say anything about class !!!

  • Wee Hughie

    luton57  Jealous of what? A bunch of chav muppets running around biting there own players. Give your head a shake.

  • James Finlayson

    Pots and kettles, Mr Thompson….  

    41 years ago to the month in the FA Cup Quarter finals  Newcastle fans took umbrage to losing against Nottingham Forest and deliberately invaded the pitch to stop the game.   The teams were taken off the pitch for several minutes while the pitch was cleared, and a recharged NUFC team overcame a bewildered Forest to triumph 4-3. The game was ruled null and void, and replayed twice and (eventually) NUFC came through and progressed to Wembley that season (only to lose 3-0 to Liverpool with Keegan) .  In truth NUFC should have been thrown out of the competition.   I suspect the injustice of that moment still haunts the club, as it was won no major trophy since.

  • Munich Mag

    Paul Patterson Munich Mag jobs for the boys, the bloke is a crouton of the highest order, and has never forgiven the toon for sussing him out and bladdering him…

    I listened to a BBC podcast a while back just after the Pardew departure and Lawrenson was giving it the big “well we all know what the Geordies want and how unrealistic it all is…”  he wouldn’t get 30 seconds air space on German TV as a “pundit”…

  • Wee Hughie

    James Finlayson  Its 41 years ago, that sort of thing used to happen back then, but its now 2015, that sort of bother has not been seen for years.

  • Paul Patterson

    Munich Mag Paul Patterson  I agree, but it was still funny . .

  • hunty

    dav232 the seat throwing was worse than pitch invasion,one villa supporter had his head cut open.

  • luton57

    Why do the BBC continue to employ Mark Lawrenson,he adds absolutely nothing to a match Commentary.
    Him talking about Village Idiots sums him up perfectly.

  • EllTomVilla

    I’m sorry that we were involved in the game which relegated you to the championship, this small consequence has seemingly meant a small minority of Newcastle fans have ever since been obsessed with AVFC, seeking to publicise anything which could reflect negatively on the club. worth noting that WBA don’come out of this clean either. Seats destroyed, coins thrown and fans injured. This had been missed by a great deal of the media covering yesterday’s game.

  • dav232

    Just proves the point that given a chance Newcastle fans can cause ‘bother’ too. I guess there’s no danger of that though!

  • Benny 1234786

    ‘Not been seen for years’ have you forgot about when newcastle lost against Sunderland your rivals and newcastle fans started riots and that idiot who punched a horse ?

  • Wee Hughie

    Benny 1234786  That was not in the ground was it, most of the trouble came from people who had been drinking in the city centre and never went to the match which is something a club have no control over.

  • Benny 1234786

    But it was because of newcastle losing that it happened the fans were pissed because they got smashed by sunderland so they rioted that was a far worse incident than yesterday. I’ll admit some fans went a bit crazy but nothing compared to what happened with the Newcastle fans

  • Paul Patterson

    Villa fans need to stick to their own forums methinks.
    The point that’s being missed by Villa fans here is that, FIFA/UEFA could turn round and say ‘No British Clubs in Europe for 5 years’.
    It effects the whole of British football . .

  • Benny 1234786

    If villa fans need to keep to their own forums then newcastle forum shouldn’t be slagging off villa and as if that would ever happen whole things been blowed out of proportion !

  • Wee Hughie

    Benny 1234786  The point is nothing happened in the ground, and of all the people arrested only six had been to the game. A club can only be responsible for what goes on in or around its stadium, Villa failed that big time.

  • Benny 1234786

    Ok but the riot started because of the newcastle fans doesn’t matter if it was in the stadium not I’m talking about the fans themselves

  • Munich Mag

    fingers crossed that Villa have to replay the game…

  • Munich Mag

    EllTomVilla this report has nothing to do with the toon getting relegated whilst being goaded by your lot. Read the headlines about Aston Villa mate, what a pathetic bunch.

  • Paul Patterson

    Benny 1234786 
    I never had a problem with Villa- Until you took the piss on the last day of our relegation season for no reason.

  • Paul Patterson

    Munich Mag I agree. They should have to. The result was influenced.

  • Benny 1234786

    Why should the game be replayed when we were winning before the pitch was invaded your just jealous Newcastle fans who angry at villa for getting them relegated even though you’s scored a own goal !!!

  • Benny 1234786

    That was only a few villa fans not all and was only a bit of banter

  • Benny 1234786

    It has everything to do with the fact villa relegated newcastle the fans are pissed at villa for relegating them

  • Munich Mag

    Benny 1234786 HOW CAN wEST bROM PLAYERS BE EXPECTED TO GIVE THERE BEST WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN sure that they are safe ? This game has to be replayed, I can’t see West Brom rolling over after this debacle of stewarding. A ban and a huge fine coming up here I think ?

  • Benny 1234786

    I agree with the fine but we were winning 2-0 and it was at the end of the match at like 90th min west Brom did not have a chance plus wasn’t just villa fans, west brom fans were ripping out chairs !

  • Wee Hughie

    Benny 1234786  Your talking about a bunch of louts who had been drinking all day and thought it would be a good idea to have a go at Sunderland fans for something to do. These are not fans that ever go to games, they are morons that just wanted to cause bother, and they also got a hammering on this site when it happened but they do not represent fans that goes to games. If something like that happened in Birmingham im sure that Villa fans on your own forums would do the same, don’t tar everyone with the same brush.

  • Tonky

    Get a grip. Yeah the invasion was premature but villa fans have done well not to riot before with the poor running of the club!!!
    It was a release of mixed emotions which was seen and partly provoked by the baggies fans ripping up chairs and raining them down on our supporters.

  • Benny 1234786

    Completely agree mate

  • dav232

    Get real. The game won’t be replayed. West brom had lost the game, enjoy watching VILLA in the semis!!

  • Tonky

    I’m truly amazed that a Newcastle blog would go out there way to write about a villa issue.
    I actually respect Newcastle, as I compare our two clubs on a similar level. But due to bad ownership have been thwarted in our progress in the prem.
    Surely it’s time to let go of the past and look forward, have hope not resentment.

  • Tonky

    With all due respect they’d had 90 mins to kill off the game. At 2-0 up with 4mins to go and a man down were they really going to come through and win it.
    Like I’ve said these reports have been blow way out of proportion and nearly all of the commotion was good natured.
    Yes and good fine and a slap on the wrist but this was no 70’s/80’s football violence.

  • dav232

    Sad Newcastle fans calling for a game that didnt affect them at all to be replayed. Move on from the past and concentrate on matters regarding your own club! You are coming across as jealous and bitter.

  • Munich Mag

    Benny 1234786 the toon fans are not pissed at Villa, the team played the game as professionals, and because the toon were so poor beat them, which resulted in the toon going down. Now…the fans, on the other hand…absolutely gloated about the whole event. “Banter” is something else mate. Wind your neck in an realise that your lot are just as bad as the knackers who punch horses. Easy really.

  • Munich Mag

    Tonky just ask Bayern Munich what can be achieved in 4 minutes after Man Utd snatched the Champions League away from them. If West Brom don’t demand a replay it will only to maintain the harmony in Britains second city. How can West Brom expect to give there all when they are terrified by Villa hooligans invading the pitch ?

  • Tonky

    What’s the excuse for not beating us in the previous 180mins when not one fan entered the pitch.
    Pulis knows he was beaten fair and square.
    Best of luck for this season and seasons to come for the reasons I’ve posted above.
    But let’s leave other clubs matters to the clubs themselves otherwise it makes us all look pretty cheap and classless.

  • dav232

    I’m glad villa relegated you after reading comments from you and some other newcastle fans, I didn’t gloat at the time either!

  • jimblag

    Tonky Dream on son, your club is a complete lame duck. Yesterday was the first time Villa fans have shown any passion, it’s so rare they didn’t know how to control themselves and spazzed out.

  • jimblag

    Tonky It’s sad that we have a story about Villa on a NUFC site, but even sadder the number of Villa fans on a NUFC site.

  • jimblag

    Benny 1234786 We’ll enjoy the banter when you get relegated in a couple of months.

  • Tonky

    Both our clubs have been in the press for all the wrong reasons before, whether it be crowd trouble or poor showings on the pitch.
    As far as “lame” is concerned again we’ve both been there too.
    Personally I love nothing more than to be in a stadium full of proud and loud supporters from both home and away sides. However too often this season our villa side hasn’t turned up hence the drab atmosphere. Much the same as yours the year you were relegated.
    Hopefully we’ll do enough to stay in the league. If we don’t and we get some stick off you lot so be it, I learnt to deal with that kind of thing on the playground.
    But I can assure you I won’t be witch hunting you every time there’s a snippet of bad press.
    Best of luck fellow football fan.

  • Tonky

    If you post something about villa on the net expect a visit from the fans.
    We’re a passionate lot that have been smothered and gagged by a lacklustre owner and dour manager.
    We enjoyed the 2 wins over our nearest rivals of a couple miles up the road. One game taking us 3 points from the drop and the other getting us to Wembley.
    We’ve every right to enjoy it, just like you would had you done the same over the mac kems.
    If the headline didn’t involve villa I’d have no reason to be here.

  • ianross239

    basherbate This “happened” as well. #nufc fighting on the pitch in a pre-season friendly in 2011. http://twitter.com/ianross239/status/574595026602311680/photo/1

  • ianross239

    basherbate “Newcastle fans invaded the pitch after Sammy Ameobi’s goal put the side 2-0 up at Darlington” July 2011 http://twitter.com/ianross239/status/574595544665972736/photo/1

  • basherbate

    ianross239 Hells bells Ian, you’ve done some researching! Anyway that was another mob of infiltrators! sAFC I suspect!

  • ianross239
  • basherbate

    ianross239 Ian I know man! I was there! The chant! “If Sammy scores where on the pitch!” And he did! And true to their word!

  • toonloyal

    dav232  true, “remember nottingham forest”

  • toonloyal

    James Finlayson ” 3-1.down 4-3 up now were gonna win the cup” but we didnt,

  • toonloyal

    @basherbate ianross239  surprised ian didnt drag up the time mags interupted a sunday league game on their way to an away fixtures,yawn!

  • villan_pete

    toonloyal ianross239 Home Office report on football hooliganism in the UK sept 2013 to sept 2014. Lowest number of banning orders on supporters in premiership Aston Villa – 1, Highest Newcastle United 95. People in glass houses!

  • Benny 1234786

    Yeah but that’s thing villa fans will take it as banter instead of keeping a grudge and being pissed at villa all the time

  • Benny 1234786

    It’s a bit sad that yous are having a go at villa for a incident which got blowed out of proportion when yous had nothing to do with the match even the Baggie fans haven’t complained as much as yous. !!!

  • Benny 1234786

    How can you compare bayend Munich and west brom ??? As if west Brom had a chance.

  • Vito Genovese

    It

  • Munich Mag

    Benny 1234786 benny lad, give it a break. You know that the Villa fans muffed it by having a bit of “banter” when the toon got relegated. It stands to reason that the toon fans will want to get there own back. You should just accept it, all this squirming is doing you no good mate.

  • Benny 1234786

    Let’s say if villa didn’t relegate you and the pitch invasion still happened yous would have never created this article !!

  • Maximus Moose

    Paul Patterson Munich Mag dont be so stupid !

  • DavidDrape

    Munich Mag spot on

  • DavidDrape

    dav232 well done dav232 for not gloating but many did & this i am afraid has defined your clubs supporters as far as many toon fans are convered especially the ones who were present that day whom will never ever forget. I appreciate you have some great fans & we appreciate the banner for John and Liam. as far as the match is concerned any toon fan who thinks villa are responsible for us being relegated is deluded as it was after all newcastles responsibility & villa only den what they are paid to do and win games.

  • DavidDrape

    Wee Hughie i get your point re trouble like this hasn’t been seen for years inside the stadium

  • DavidDrape

    James Finlayson Hej James & a lot of people forget that we done forest a massive favour in that round because had they gone thru then there manager (alan Brown?) would have kept his job for another 6 months no doubt and probably been given more time meaning CLOUGHIE probably wouldn’t have ended up at forest and would have gone somewhere else meaning no euro cups and championships

  • grahame49

    Have a look at vila,wba and the toons crowds at times in the 80s less then 20000 many a time, clubs have done so much to make going in 2015 safe. The media has rightly reported a number of events in the last 3 months that are a flashback to that. 2015 Chelsea fans walking around the toon eating drinking etc and enjoying a great away day or 1980s fighting,racial abuse etc and not many kids or family’s going 2015 game days for me

  • Munich Mag

    Maximus Moose    what do you know anyway ?

  • DavidDrape

    grahame49 very true. perhaps we should leave the past in the past? no one wants it too boil over and for anyone to get seriously hurt. its the flaming west mids police we should be protesting about because the way they treat some away fans inc us toon fans is nothing but disgraceful. i have seen there antics outside villa park at first hand whilst selling fanzine and its truly disgusting but hen they probably continue to get away with it… probably stems form the west midlands serious crime squad attitude of ”we can do what we want” my warning to any away fans tannin to villa park is beware of the police who will lock you up during the match for singing as you enter the stadium

  • smiffie71

    Someone needs to get their facts right and look at the WBA fans who started ripping up seats and throwing them into the villa crowd.
    This was a massive game. A huge win for villa and tbe emotion showed with the fans. They didn’t run on the pitch to cause trouble did they.
    And if this was a lower league club beating a premier and the same thing happened, it would have been reported very differently.

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  • Magpieandy

    As other commentators have pointed out West Brom started chucking seats well before the pitch invasion. It was nice to see a bit of passion shown by both sets of fans.  A welcome break from the sanitised, corporate circus that modern football has become.  Oh, and by the way I despise Villa :-)

  • NotFatFreddy

    What is happening to football?  There was more atmosphere at Bradford City than there has been at St Jimmy’s for a couple of decades.  More noise from Palace fans than a full house here.  No need to tell me that Cashley has sucked the passion out of the fans, but it had near gone before he arrived!  If there was a time to have no passion it was when we had Bobby Shinton in the old second, yet 11,000 made more noise even than Bradford and Palace in 2015. Methinks if we had the supporters of the 70’s and early 80’s Ashley would have been long gone.  The pitch invasions would have been every week and his gargoyle heed would be on some metal railing spike just off the Gallowgate.  Kinnear would have needed a Police Escort and would have lasted a week. 

    When the Villa fans ran on the pitch they were celebrating the unlikely appearance of making a semi-final so why begrudge them that.  If it was us and a semi-final….which of you wouldn’t be on the pitch.  Ah!  The politically correct supporter who never stood on the terraces and no memories of the good old days, those with memories must be 50 plus now.  Who thinks it is a better atmosphere today?  Better football than even Bobby Shinton, certainly not better than Tony Green or Jinky Jim?  Better with no terracing?

    I am not aware of anyone dying on the old Leazes end, but can remember worse scenes than Villa just trying to get into the Gallowgate at 2.55pm or especially 7.25pm, and queuing for a ticket for big cup games.  Massive pandemonium and Police horses.  But I am still standing!  Rant over.