|Burnley v. Barnsley at Turf Moor|
So, what's stayed the same: Primarily it's the sense of occasion and the feeling of shared-endeavour. The crowd still chant things like "Cur - Mon - Burn - Ley" and sing their songs but there was no bad language or the naked aggression towards opposing fans that I recall from the Sheffield game. The referee is still in need of a visit to the opticians however and as ever we wuz robbed of at least one "definite" penalty. At the end of the game everyone still spills out of the ground and walks down the middle of the road, bringing traffic to a halt by sheer weight of numbers (I like that bit). There were even a couple of Football Specials (buses) in a side street to take people home.
Don't ask me much about the game. I know it was a 1 - 1 draw and that both the goals were scored at the far end. Bernard reckoned his team weren't up to much (it's the manager's fault apparently, although I don't think he was playing). But I enjoyed the spectacle and might go again - although I'd better not leave it another thirty years!