I once met a group of rappers from Billericay. They lovingly referred to the place as “da Billtown”, exhibiting a regional pride you might not expect from the average Billericite. I’m sure they wisely chose to take the mugshots for their album sleeve in front of a Basildon tower block instead of a Billtown bungalow, though.
There’s a video on Youtube of Hamlet fans away at the Blues, singing Gavin Rose’s Pink and Blue Army for 720 minutes non-stop, staging a post-match pitch invasion, and having a right tear up with the stewards.
The 12th Man blog states that fans who contribute to the scheme “see the very real difference their contributions [are] making.” Well that was certainly true today.
Sadly, diminutive Dean Lodge has left the club due to work commitments, and through 12th Man funds, Murrell-Williamson was brought in on loan from Hayes and Yeading United. I saw their fans talking about how good he is on Twitter earlier today, and then he made a dream start. Hopefully I’ll get to see him in action on Tuesday night against Leatherhead.
The crowd was a very healthy 1547 today, and you have to wonder whether the recent article in the Observer had an impact. They say no publicity is bad publicity, after all. It would have been a great day for anyone visiting Champion Hill for the first time, seeing a win in front of a large crowd, and with the excellent Calais collection, organised by fans of the club, producing a huge number of donations at the turnstile.
It’s so refreshing to see such positivity from football crowds. It looks like absolutely loads of donations were made today, and Hamlet fans also displayed a large “Refugees Welcome” banner.
A moral victory, indeed.