Grimsby Town held Bradford City to a 1-1 draw this weekend in a game that should be remembered for the right reasons.
Over 2500 Mariners made the trip to Valley Parade and were rewarded as Luke Hendrie levelled for them in injury time after Lee Novak had given the home side an 80th-minute lead.
Some Bradford fans reacted to the excellent travelling support by claiming it was the best they’d seen at Valley Parade all season, but sadly a minority of supporters let their club down.
27-year-old actor Thomas Turgoose, star of This is England and a Grimsby fan, revealed that a number of their ‘supporters’ aimed racist chants at a mosque on the way to the ground, something he called out on Twitter.
“Hearing absolute nob heads chanting racist chants and singing Tommy Robinson to Asian families in Bradford was possibly the most embarrassing thing iv seen in my years of supporting them. There’s no room for that grow up.”
While a majority of supporters went to the game in good faith and enjoyed the engrossing encounter, this one set of ‘fans’ brought shame upon their club. Had a random 27-year-old from nowhere picked up on it, perhaps it would have gone unreported, but Turgoose is high-profile and rightly used his status to call out their behaviour.
That was echoed by replies to his tweet on social media, as you’ll see below.
They are certain individuals that ruin it, no need for that behaviour. I’m asian myself. The majority Grimsby fans were well behaved and good supporters. Just here to support there team. Well mannered. Best away support I’ve seen this season mate. #gtfc
— Raj (@footy7tweets) February 10, 2020
Well said Thomas. no need football rivalry aside no space for racism ?
— rich Ling (@ling_rich) February 9, 2020
Seems to be on the rise everywhere mate. Needs nipped.
— Marko (@Markobhoy) February 9, 2020
Bradford fan here. I'm sure there were 150 idiots who hide behind a police escort that did this. Sake ones that damaged the pub they were in. But 2,600 Grimsby fans attended. And all the ones I came across were behaving well Thomas. Just having a sing song. ?
— NiB (@Nige_in_Bingley) February 10, 2020
Well said Tom. Glad you called them out on it but they will probably make excuses for it or pretend it never happened ??
— Ryan (@Colldog11) February 9, 2020
Only heard it at the pub before the game, they were booed out by other town fans tbf. No place for it at all.
— Ben Rising (@BenRising) February 10, 2020
There should be no racism in any form of life. Unfortunately football fans think they are a breed apart. They embarrass themselves and the town. The minority always spoil it for the majority. #notoracism
— Capture The Moment (@simononeill1971) February 10, 2020
Unfortunately There were some of our towns scroats at the game Saturday on a jolly…. a few of them peobs cudnt name alf of towns team… such a shame cos most of or following are just awesome UTM
— Nick Wright (@wrightyn1974) February 10, 2020