This must be the first footie match when “you’re not singing any more” was an order over the tannoy…
Excited fans were told to be quiet at a schools’ cup final – as they were disturbing a corporate lunch. Most of the 1,000 supporters had travelled more than 100 miles to cheer on the under-13 teams.
But 15 minutes into the game the tannoy announcer said: “Can the crowd please refrain from making too much noise?”
Stunned fans – some of whom were blowing horns – were told the guests dining in a function room at the stadium had moaned about the racket.
Sabrina Pengelley, 44, who had a 300-mile round trip to cheer on son Aaron, said: “No noise at a football game? Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous?”
The mum, of Sudbury, Suffolk, added: “They killed the fun of the occasion by telling us to be quiet.”
The subdued crowd at Walsall FC’s Bescot Stadium in the West Midlands watched the rest of the English Schools’ Football Association cup final in near-silence as Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in Lancashire beat Great Cornard Middle School from Suffolk.
Walsall FC secretary Daniel Mole said: “Instruments like these horns are not permitted at games, regardless of whether it’s a first team fixture or a schools match.
“We do our best to ensure that everyone has a successful event here, whether it is football-related or a private party or conference.”