Biggest Away Following

cheshirebee

the one without a space
Joined
21 Feb 2009
Messages
1,651
Reaction score
528
Location
Macclesfield
2415 Bees loud and proud at St.Mary's today.

Just got me thinking as to when did we last have so many away and what is our biggest ever away following for a league game. Anfield 1989 we had 8000 but that was the Cup of course.

I'm thinking Reading 2001/2. Any other offers ?
 

Jimbee

Who's the dummy?
Joined
7 Apr 2000
Messages
16,265
Reaction score
0
Location
In suspended animation
Reading is correct for a League game but I should think we took more to Charlton in the FA Cup....................
 

GP200

Voice of the mysterons...
Joined
22 Apr 2003
Messages
66,430
Reaction score
283
Location
3d Jazz Mart-Motorcity.......
.......................fantastic away support................We're the Barcelona....................great scenes.................
 

fencer/bee

Active member
Joined
26 Feb 2005
Messages
7,353
Reaction score
108
Location
feltham upon thames
I agree peterborough,,, but it was nice to take over FULHAMS ground in the lc 1st rd about 1992 we had more fans than them:D
 

TW3Bee

It was down in the Town of Northampton
Joined
26 Oct 2005
Messages
56,749
Reaction score
957
Location
Lampton Village
I agree peterborough,,, but it was nice to take over FULHAMS ground in the lc 1st rd about 1992 we had more fans than them:D
Wasn't that a league game around about Christmas time?
 

TW3Bee

It was down in the Town of Northampton
Joined
26 Oct 2005
Messages
56,749
Reaction score
957
Location
Lampton Village
New Years Day wasn't it.

I've still got my match ticket somewhere. :D
I remember standing in the away end and seeing hundreds of Bees fans being walked round behind the Hammersmith End and into the Riverside stand.

We had thousands there that day.
 

'Ayes B

Active member
Joined
29 Dec 2000
Messages
6,298
Reaction score
147
Location
Hayes, MIDDLESEX
I cant beleove there was only 2415 Bees at St Marys today.

Firstly our presales were at least 1800 and the ticket office at Southampton managed to sell out twice.

Secondly on arriving at the ground at 2:40, there was a queue that would have stretched from the Breamar tunstyles to pass the Princess Royal of Bees trying to pay to get in.

Thirdly, I heard at least two people complaining that they were amongst about 500 Bees still outside at the kick off, one bloke stating that he couldn't get in until 15:15.

Fouthly the stewards had to move the segrating tauplin over to provide additional seats for the late commers and it appeared that Brentford fans actually sat in their designated seats.

and last but not least our total area seamed to be the same size as we were allocated against Southampton in the cup when we were given 4000 seats

In fact I heard two reports of 500 bees still be outside come kick off
 

Stevenage-bee

Member
Joined
27 Mar 2009
Messages
149
Reaction score
0
Location
Stevenage
I remember a game at Plough Lane with a crowd of around 5,500 and 4,000 where Bees. Good days............
 

Garybaldbee

Active member
Joined
23 Jul 2003
Messages
3,234
Reaction score
112
Location
Old Malden, actually......
Just got me thinking as to when did we last have so many away and what is our biggest ever away following for a league game. Anfield 1989 we had 8000 but that was the Cup of course.

I'm thinking Reading 2001/2. Any other offers ?
The pedant in me has an urgent need to point out that our allocation at Anfield was 6,900.

No idea about our biggest ever for an away league game - no doubt there were many occassions in the '30's when we had huge numbers at London derbies, even if the longer distance support was probably much smaller in those days. More recently though, if we exclude London matches where we have often had 2-3,000 and at Fulham and Wimbledon sometimes more, the largest must be the Peterborough game in '89. We were given 4,100 tickets for the match and there were a few in the home end so I'd guess c 4,500 Bees at London Road that day. Second must be the final game of the following season at Bristol City - IIRC we were given - and sold - an allocation of around 3,500 - 3,800.

I think the official figure for the win at Reading in Coppell's season was around the 2,500 mark, and didn't we have close to 3,000 at Brum in the game that was effectively the Championship Play Off?

Its very difficult to be definitive because its only in the last few years that clubs have started to issue the figure for the away following - and of course before segregation it would have been impossible to know.
 

senseless waste

INVALID EMAIL
Joined
29 Aug 2008
Messages
47
Reaction score
0
Location
Portsmouth
I cant beleove there was only 2415 Bees at St Marys today.

Firstly our presales were at least 1800 and the ticket office at Southampton managed to sell out twice.

Secondly on arriving at the ground at 2:40, there was a queue that would have stretched from the Breamar tunstyles to pass the Princess Royal of Bees trying to pay to get in.

Thirdly, I heard at least two people complaining that they were amongst about 500 Bees still outside at the kick off, one bloke stating that he couldn't get in until 15:15.

Fouthly the stewards had to move the segrating tauplin over to provide additional seats for the late commers and it appeared that Brentford fans actually sat in their designated seats.

and last but not least our total area seamed to be the same size as we were allocated against Southampton in the cup when we were given 4000 seats

In fact I heard two reports of 500 bees still be outside come kick off

I was one of the lucky ones who didn't get in until 15:15. One of the stewards told me that Bees had returned 500 of their initial allocation so they were caught out by the turn out on the day. Pi$$poor organisation.

But it wasn't just the saints, as I had ordered tickets on our OS which were supposed to be collected at the ground. Problem was, they didn't turn up. I had to buy tickets again to get in and was told to take it up with the bees for a refund. This happened to quite a few. Blood boiling all round.

Not sure if I should be moaning about this here but I dont know how to start a separate thread!
 

ianbee

Member
Joined
20 Sep 2006
Messages
257
Reaction score
13
You can add 2 more to the Bees total. My daughter and I were in the disabled area with my niece (who unfortunately is a Saints supporter, as she has lived most of her life there) and my brother. Very good crowd around us and so enjoyed the equaliser.
 

Jimbee

Who's the dummy?
Joined
7 Apr 2000
Messages
16,265
Reaction score
0
Location
In suspended animation
The pedant in me has an urgent need to point out that our allocation at Anfield was 6,900.

No idea about our biggest ever for an away league game - no doubt there were many occassions in the '30's when we had huge numbers at London derbies, even if the longer distance support was probably much smaller in those days. More recently though, if we exclude London matches where we have often had 2-3,000 and at Fulham and Wimbledon sometimes more, the largest must be the Peterborough game in '89. We were given 4,100 tickets for the match and there were a few in the home end so I'd guess c 4,500 Bees at London Road that day. Second must be the final game of the following season at Bristol City - IIRC we were given - and sold - an allocation of around 3,500 - 3,800.

I think the official figure for the win at Reading in Coppell's season was around the 2,500 mark, and didn't we have close to 3,000 at Brum in the game that was effectively the Championship Play Off?

Its very difficult to be definitive because its only in the last few years that clubs have started to issue the figure for the away following - and of course before segregation it would have been impossible to know.
The pedant in me has urgent need to point out that the Peterborough game was in 1992 and that we took 3,400 to Reading. :)
 
Joined
26 Dec 2005
Messages
60
Reaction score
0
Several things really, Southampton go into administration, knock creditors and then pay big money for Lambert and big saleries. Hmmm - Maybe the pay on the days go in a little 'cash in hand' pot and not declared?

Also what the words for the Barcalona song?
 

TW3Bee

It was down in the Town of Northampton
Joined
26 Oct 2005
Messages
56,749
Reaction score
957
Location
Lampton Village
I thought it was the year we was in lg1/championship, can recall singing to them :" YOUR WATCHING 1ST DIVISION"
I remember singing 'You're watching third division at Tottenham in a league cup game'.
 

hobbsy

Optimist
Joined
23 Apr 2005
Messages
16,501
Reaction score
619
Location
KT3 New Malden
Several things really, Southampton go into administration, knock creditors and then pay big money for Lambert and big saleries. Hmmm - Maybe the pay on the days go in a little 'cash in hand' pot and not declared?

Also what the words for the Barcalona song?
Yes, but at least it's not the same owner (ala Ken Bates). They were days from going out of Business and were bought by the Billionaire Liebherr (sp) family.
 

rebus

Chin Laden
Joined
7 Apr 2000
Messages
25,616
Reaction score
911
Location
Leytonstone / Ilford
The pedant in me has urgent need to point out that the Peterborough game was in 1992 and that we took 3,400 to Reading. :)
We didn't have 3400 at Reading, it was around 2800. We had a similar amount at Loftus Road in April 2002.
 

bees66

Well-known member
Joined
14 Apr 2002
Messages
31,875
Reaction score
3
Location
Northolt
we had 7000 at Peterbrough, I've never known us to take anymore more than that than Wembley
 

Garybaldbee

Active member
Joined
23 Jul 2003
Messages
3,234
Reaction score
112
Location
Old Malden, actually......
we had 7000 at Peterbrough, I've never known us to take anymore more than that than Wembley
We didn't. 4,100 officially and a few hundred in the home end. Thats not just my recollection, I've got the back page of the Chronicle from the following week framed on my wall and it confirms the figures.
 

Indian Bee

Active member
Joined
10 Feb 2001
Messages
8,615
Reaction score
1,428
Location
Manhattan
biggest following for league game I can remember was defo Fulham New Years Day, practically took over the ground, would estimate 5000 +

cup game was Liverpool FA cup - 7000+
 

Chorlton Bee

Active member
Joined
11 Aug 2007
Messages
4,206
Reaction score
10
Location
Manchester
biggest following for league game I can remember was defo Fulham New Years Day, practically took over the ground, would estimate 5000 +
Was that 0-0? Remember being in The Eric Miller (?) Riverside stand and Brentford had most of that, we were in the bit closest to the Hammersmith End and that was all Bees, plus the packed away end.
 

Inappropriate Smilies Bee

Well-known member
Joined
16 Apr 2003
Messages
14,502
Reaction score
167
Location
SE13
i thought we were given 3,200 tickets initially and then they had to open the extra area so i reckon we had 3,500 there yesterday. 2,400 is nonsense. there was a queue of at least 500 bees buying tickets still at 3pm. :yuck:
 

Indian Bee

Active member
Joined
10 Feb 2001
Messages
8,615
Reaction score
1,428
Location
Manhattan
Was that 0-0? Remember being in The Eric Miller (?) Riverside stand and Brentford had most of that, we were in the bit closest to the Hammersmith End and that was all Bees, plus the packed away end.
:sorted: yep shame we didn't score ! would have loved to seen the scenes...
 

bees66

Well-known member
Joined
14 Apr 2002
Messages
31,875
Reaction score
3
Location
Northolt
We didn't. 4,100 officially and a few hundred in the home end. Thats not just my recollection, I've got the back page of the Chronicle from the following week framed on my wall and it confirms the figures.
sorry, I was thinking Liverpool:rolleyes::rolleyes:;)
 

'Ayes B

Active member
Joined
29 Dec 2000
Messages
6,298
Reaction score
147
Location
Hayes, MIDDLESEX
The Middlesex Chronicle reported that we took 5,000 to Watford in 1977-78.

Bees fans were as successful as they were at Southampton in the cup for in obtaining QPR tickets when they returned to league one.

The away end at Craven Cottege was full at 1:30 on the famous New Years day game and Brentford fans were evrywhere, crating two additional terraces in the seatless areas of teh Miller stand, having half or the Hammersmith end andthe side by the cottage. Many just climbed in at 2:50 so this will probably always be our biggest 'unofficial' away attendance.

The more I think about it, the credited total at Southamptom must only have included the number of Bees in the away end at 3pm as there were not 600 empty seats
 

Downbeat Bee

Well-known member
Joined
2 Jan 2003
Messages
10,376
Reaction score
137
Location
The Wild West
You're right!

I was in the S.Africa Road stand right in the corner by The Loft end and when McCammon missed right at the other end to us, dozens were out of their seats thinking we'd scored....gutted!!
I was in the main stand - never had such difficulty in keeping my allegiances under wraps.
 

rebus

Chin Laden
Joined
7 Apr 2000
Messages
25,616
Reaction score
911
Location
Leytonstone / Ilford
The more I think about it, the credited total at Southamptom must only have included the number of Bees in the away end at 3pm as there were not 600 empty seats
Sorry to piss on your bonfire but look at this link, there's plenty of empty seats in the bottom half of the stand.

http://www.officialbfcpics.co.uk/index.php?m=908220&p=908220037

The away end at Craven Cottege was full at 1:30 on the famous New Years day game
It wasn't. I got there there at 2.40pm when they were shutting the gates and we had to go in their paddock instead.
 

'Ayes B

Active member
Joined
29 Dec 2000
Messages
6,298
Reaction score
147
Location
Hayes, MIDDLESEX

sussexb

Active member
Joined
8 Sep 2003
Messages
4,563
Reaction score
73
Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
.......................fantastic away support................We're the Barcelona....................great scenes.................
Yep, having hated this chant in the past, I am now a convert. Singing it at St Mary's had just the right level of... well, you know what I mean. :sorted:
 

GuyBee

Active member
Joined
1 Apr 2006
Messages
1,742
Reaction score
16
Location
Hertfordshire
Sorry to piss on your bonfire but look at this link, there's plenty of empty seats in the bottom half of the stand.

http://www.officialbfcpics.co.uk/index.php?m=908220&p=908220037

You have to look hard to find those empty seats, but look at the top of the stand where people are standing up, it look so packed up there that they are probaly 4 people tpo every three seats
Sad man that I am, I counted how many across the back in the block between entrance 45 and 46, its about 18, and there are about 38 rows. That means that block holds just short of 700 if full, which it wasnt quite.

The block to the left had perhaps 27 columns = 1000. So a figure of 2410 seems about right to me

Still stunning support though, a bigger crowd than watched Man Utd yesterday. Still Wigan is a long way from London I suppose!
 

Inappropriate Smilies Bee

Well-known member
Joined
16 Apr 2003
Messages
14,502
Reaction score
167
Location
SE13
4100 in our end at peterboro 1992 wasnt it? plus a few hundred marched round from the home ends.
didnt we take 4000 to watford in 1993? sad day that was. :sorted:
we had 10,000 at f**ham on that new years day.
:dj:
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Top Bottom