England fans abroad: Are they simply tw*ts?
2 months ago, 22 Oct 11:17
“It is a minority, but there are far too many, and it would be wrong to try to minimise it as a small minority. There is a significant contingent of people who cannot behave because of alcohol” – Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, responsible for policing football, on October 18 2018 after England fans caused trouble in Seville.
‘About 100 of them got into the swimming pool, driving out everyone else. Then they began jumping up and down, splashing and chanting “You what? You what? You what, you what you what?” They didn’t do it once or twice, they did it for about 15 minutes. We stood and watched, amazed at how funny they seemed to think this was. Then they started singing “Here we go here we go here we go” for another ten minutes, like it was the cleverest thing ever. Then a couple hit a Spanish lad in the face. “What you looking at Pepe?” Bam! They loved annoying people. Loved picking a fight. If you didn’t get annoyed at them they’d pick on you. But if you did, they’d come over and hit you. Everyone was sick of them. It was shameful” – Jimmy E, June 6 1989.
This is an extract from a letter – remember them? – that my pal Jimmy wrote, which came to the surface in the last week while I was unpacking after moving house. It describes a scene he witnessed at a hotel where he was working in Fuengirola. What he describes was how English people on a Club 18-30 holiday routinely behaved, pretty much every day. While this was the first time he’d seen it, it then happened all the time, right through the summer.
This culture was perfectly expressed by the band Thunder, who around that time had a song called An Englishman On Holiday.
Laying down in this Spanish bar, that last slammer hit me like a car
I’ve got the 6 a.m. Balearic blues, can’t even focus on my own tattoos
I had a fight with this German guy, I saw him give my little girl the eye
While he was trying hard to be so cool, I hit him with a stool
Oh yes, alright, I’ll be going all night
Gonna drink ’til they take me away, I’m an Englishman on holiday
Every year I get to do the same, I meet the boys and get on the plane
We like to sing and shout out “here we go”
‘Cos they’re the only words that we all know.
I called up Jimmy and told him about the letter I’d found. He recalled that summer he’d spent working in a huge hotel bar.
“It wasn’t just how aggressive and boorish the English were, it was how pleased they were with themselves for being that way. That’s what shocked me. Like as if it was great to behave like a total twat. They just wanted to cause trouble and they all thought they were bloody great for doing so. ...
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