Dialogue: Because of a few hooligans!
Dave: I heard about the riots in Birmingham town centre before the match against Aston Villa on Saturday. Did you two have any trouble?
Shane: No, thank goodness! Our coach arrived after the trouble had started. So the police made us drive to a big coach park in the suburbs and wait there. There were lots of other Chelsea supporters there, too.
Dave: Was it for the usual security checks?
Diane: Not really, I mean, they didn’t search us. They didn’t make us open our bags, either. They just checked our names.
Shane: But they didn’t let anybody go into the town centre. It was a shame’cos Di and I wanted to have a look round the town and get something to eat. We were starving.
Dave: Didn’t they let you leave the coach park, then?
Diane: Yes. But there were no decent eating places round there, only a small pub.
Shane: Yeah. We got them to make some sandwiches for us. Di was so hungry she ate six sandwiches and two doughnuts!
Diane: Nice of you to count them for me!
Dave: What about after the match?
Shane: That was almost as bad. We weren’t allowed to leave the stadium till all the local supporters had left.
Diane: It’s typical, isn’t it? All because of a handful of hooligans!
Shane: Yeah, but beat’em two-nil! It was such a brilliant match that it was worth it!