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Offline OzVilla

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2019, 06:42:22 AM »
In the late 80's as a young lad I used to stand under the scoreboard on the Trinity Road side of the Holte. We routinely left and just walked straight into the Trinity lower to watch the last 10 minutes. I was always amazed at how many were leaving regardless of the state of the game.

The only time I got bit by it was when I had to get back home for some reason and left an FA Cup tie against Chelsea mid 80's iirc at 1-1 with a few mins to go when it finished 2-2.

Offline Richard

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2019, 08:29:31 AM »
It just becomes a habit with some people in the same way as getting somewhere ages before it opens so you're first in the queue. A very British thing maybe.

Offline manic-road

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2019, 08:46:50 AM »
I left Stamford Bridge early when we were losing 6-0, I missed a further two goals and a saved penalty. I couldn't stand the pain any further.

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #33 on: October 22, 2019, 09:11:43 AM »
I left Stamford Bridge early when we were losing 6-0, I missed a further two goals and a saved penalty. I couldn't stand the pain any further.

we left the Liverpool home game at 4 nil(finished 6 nil)....around the hour mark I think, certainly the earliest I have ever left a game....and that includes the thrashing at Southampton before the FA Cup Final

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2019, 09:33:24 AM »
I left Stamford Bridge early when we were losing 6-0, I missed a further two goals and a saved penalty. I couldn't stand the pain any further.

I've only left games early a handful of times. Two of those were the embarrassments at Stamford Bridge. I also left at 6-0, arriving back at the Tube just as my Chelsea supporting mate texted me about the eighth.
Another was the FA Cup Final no-show

Offline Des Little

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2019, 10:32:02 AM »
Earliest i have left is just after the hour when we got stuffed 4-0 at West Ham midweek in 2005. 

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2019, 10:36:17 AM »
Half time for me in the 4-0 v Blackburn under Sir Brian.

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2019, 11:20:01 AM »
We could be 1-0 up on the night and aggregate, in the 87th minute of the 2nd leg against Barca and half the Lower Witton would fuck off early.

I always wonder if these people go to the cinema and leave 10 minutes before the end of the film, to this day not realising who Keyser Soze really is.

After a win I love hanging around in the ground and basking in the sheer happiness. That feeling is well worth losing 15-20 minutes getting to the car. I think leaving early is much more understandable for midweek games when getting home at a reasonable time is much harder.

Yeah, I know what you mean, Pat.

Before the Bournemouth game, we met up with some mates round the back of the North Stand, where they were sitting. Had a chat with them and then went to our seats in the Witton Lane. After the game, we walked down to the Villa Store, spent at least 30 minutes in there, and then spent a good 15 minutes round by the player entrance, which was definitely worth it as my lad got to have his photo taken with James Chester. After that we walked all the way back to the cars, which were parked on the Powerleague car park over by Spaghetti Junction, which took us another 30 minutes or so. When we got back to the car, we bumped in to one of the mates from the North Stand, who had gone back to his car at full time and was still sat on the car park waiting to leave.

Offline Deano's Mullet

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #38 on: October 22, 2019, 12:16:47 PM »
Only time I have left a game early was the 2-0 defeat to Baggies earlier this year. I had an earlier train than usual booked out of New Street and segregation meant at final  whistle Witton was off limits and we were scheduled to walk all the way back to Aston which isn't far but sitting in the North the other three stands would have got there first. Add to that my missus wasn't very well and I don't normally get home until 10 so I panicked, left on about 70 mins and listened to how the rest of the game was going from Witton platform. All I could hear was Albion chants so I knew we were still struggling. First time I have ever left early and hopefully never again.
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Offline AsTallAsLions

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2019, 12:21:03 PM »
Had to leave Wembley 5 mins early v Fulham in 2018 to catch my flight. It was the only return flight that day that wouldn't cost me 200-300.

In hindsight I'm glad I did. Of course it could have gone the other way and meant I'd have missed extra time etc but given the performance, didn't feel there was much chance of that anyway.

Can't recall ever leaving a league match early.


Offline Deano's Mullet

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #40 on: October 22, 2019, 12:23:16 PM »
At the play off final Vs Fulham a lot of the Villa fans including me left at the final whistle so after clapping our defeated but on the day useless lads off we went and avoided seeing Fulham lifting the trophy. On the walk back to Wembley Central it was obvious a lot of Fulham were walking back too so they hadn't bothered to stick around and see them lift the trophy which was the whole culmination of what 49 games had been working towards. A lot of sniping from our lot.

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2019, 12:31:40 PM »
The only time I have left a game early was during the 1970's when I had no say in the matter.
Now I'm nearly a grown up, my wife and I stay to the bitter end and very often leave our seats after the majority of the Trinity Road Stand has emptied out. It's just easier that way with pushing the wheelchair etc

Offline St AustellAVFC

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #42 on: October 22, 2019, 12:44:07 PM »
My wife and I left the sty early once, however we were 2 down and she was 5 months pregnant.

Offline j66acd

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #43 on: October 22, 2019, 01:26:53 PM »
I left when we were beating the Blues 2-1 to go and play for my team Erdington Star down by the bus depot and uni at Perry Barr. My dad picked me up down by the Aston Hotel and drove to the pitch. I went into the changing room to get changed come back out and my dad gave me the terrible news that Stern John equalised.

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Re: Empty seats
« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2019, 01:39:22 PM »
I left when we were beating the Blues 2-1 to go and play for my team Erdington Star down by the bus depot and uni at Perry Barr. My dad picked me up down by the Aston Hotel and drove to the pitch. I went into the changing room to get changed come back out and my dad gave me the terrible news that Stern John equalised.

Ouch. I was in a bar in Greece watching that game at the time. I couldn't bear the last few minutes, so went for a poo.

Whilst on the toilet, received a text from my dad saying 'bastards. Unlucky, mate'.

Dreadful.