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Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure

By Ivybridge Wolf
November 21 2017

Leeds are back at Molineux tomorrow and despite some inconsistent form, I’m sure they will provide a real test for us. It’ll be a big crowd but no complacency etc! 

This fixture always reminds me of last time I stood on the South Bank which was on March 31st 1990 – Wolves versus Leeds United. Leeds were riding high, pushing for and eventually getting promotion with Vinnie Jones, Strachan, Mervyn Day, Speed, Sterland, Batty, Varadie, Fairclough – even Chris Kamara – plus others doing it the ‘Howards Way’ as my mate used to say. 

We won the match 1-0, a goal from Mutchy, which left myself, my uncle and cousin ecstatic and my mate (a Leeds fan who kept quiet in with us) extremely grumpy. 

The match was inter-sprinkled with some ‘interesting’ behaviour from both Wolves and Leeds brethren on both sides of the dividing fences, including a large number of Leeds supporters ‘guided’ out of the Wolves section by the bobbies. Nothing however, could have prepared for what I witnessed after the final whistle – a miracle cure. 

My uncle was crippled at the time with osteoarthritis. He could hardly walk and when he did he just seized up. He attended Molineux a lot but on this occasion, all the ‘New Stand’ tickets had gone – only the Bonk left. He reluctantly agreed to make one more visit to the terrace. He always got excited at matches, however even all the adrenaline of a fine victory versus dirty Leeds failed to have effect. The final whistle went, and he was as stiff as a board – couldn’t move. He demanded, not unreasonably, to stay put for 5 minutes to ‘get himself going’ and we stood in a sort of triangular shape, about 15 yards from the great Bonk divide, Leeds fans on our right as the happy Wanderers filtered out – we became slightly exposed and motionless. 

With that, a Molineux brick - from the direction of the Leeds fans – perfectly bisected the heads of our huddled group of four. Truly a whisker away. My cousin, my Leeds mate and me all looked up at the Leeds fans aghast to assess the situation, more bricks on their way, then immediately switched our attention of how to get my disabled uncle – and ourselves – out of the firing line and safe. Well, we needn’t have worried, because as we looked around my uncle was charging under his own steam, flying on foot down the terrace towards the turn style entrance next to the Waterloo Road stand! He was out of the ground like a rat up a drainpipe. 

Now I am a man of science and have worked in health for 29 years. I’ve seen many types of treatment, however I have rarely seen such an immediate cure for such a chronic and debilitating condition - Surely as suggested, the miracle cure?!! 

Oh, how we loffed!! 

Molineux bricks on prescription anyone? I jest of course – we managed to avoid all of the falling debris - just!! 

Up the Wolves and all the best to the lads on Wednesday night.

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Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
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21/11/2017 15:40
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Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
21/11/2017 16:07
A fun story Ivy, but I'm sure we can remember times like that when it could be surprisingly frightening to be at a football match. I doubt your uncle ever lived down that sudden burst of speed!!

Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
25/11/2017 11:41
I was only re-telling the events of that day to my son a few weeks ago.

My recollection was that was we stuffed ourselves like sardines into the Bonk that there was a strange atmosphere. I always stood about 5-10yards from the divide, about 3 quarters of the way up.

For such a huge terrace, I vividly remember that the same faces tended to congregate in the same places come every game.

That day when you looked around, there were lots of 'strangers'. It started with murmurings, but within a short period everyone knew there were infiltrators in the Bonk. This despite having had the obligatory few jars of mild in the George.

I recall that the dirty Leeds were escorted first by the Bonk faithful, then subsequently by WMP in the away section.

A raucous atmosphere during the game. Many spicy challenges from both sides, and a pleasant result to boot.

We went home happy, although remember that there was a lot of trouble on the way to the station between both sets of fans.

Great day though.

Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
Bradmore Wolf (IP Logged)
27/11/2017 07:50
Ivybridge they put some Leeds fans in the bottom section of the South Bank during the game. A situation that pretty much guaranteed the police would need to wade in which was a regular occurrence then.

Also there were some Italian police there on a fact finding mission to see how we police our fans.

Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
27/11/2017 10:19
Bradmore, regards the LUFC fans being placed in the lower South Bank, we were about a third up from the bottom and I saw that too. When you say ‘they put’ them in - I assume you mean the police? That is my recollection before at least some being relocated in with the Leeds fans - eventually.

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Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
Bradmore Wolf (IP Logged)
27/11/2017 10:55
yes they made no secret of it escorted them across the front of the south bank and put them in the bottom of the south banks to the left nearest the Waterloo road stand.

All the fellas from the middle of the stand went down and a fight started which then needed to be broke up by charging in with batons.

Re: Leeds United, the South Bonk last stand and a miracle cure
Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
27/11/2017 11:06
Yep, absolutely, the memories are flooding back. None of us could quite believe what the police were up to - astonishing police tactics.

At least we won the match and the bricks missed we yeds!

Edit: I recounted what I saw that day about the police actions on several occasions as an example of how football crowds could be mismanaged. Trouble is down here in Devon, fighting against the then tide of media football presentation, barely anybody believed me. The reality is that I hated all football violence dragging our sport through the mud but the thought that there could ever be outside provocation and influence by others / official bodies e.g. police was rejected out of hand by many as pure fantasy.

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