Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Never Seen Anything like It. the Crowd Was the Biggest I Can Remember

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I've Never Seen Anything like It. the Crowd Was the Biggest I Can Remember

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Inter v MILAN; Rangers v Celtic; Barca v Real Madrid; Boro v Newcastle... some of the biggest and most volatile games you can get.

Now, to that illustrious list of mouth-watering high-stake clashes that draw bumper crowds, get the pulses racing and hackles rising, we can add the Thorntree derby.

It might only be a Teesborough League Second Division clash - but the recent Sunday morning showdown between Thorntree Hotel and neighbours Greenway at Ormesby Road drew a monster crowd and created a crackling atmosphere befitting a game on a far bigger stage.

Both sides of the Thorntree Old Firm went at the game hammer and tongs and the crowd responded in kind with chants, gestures and friendly banter from the large contingents backing both outfits.

The rival outfits - whose players know each other only too well as neighbours and former school classmates - went into the game second and third, both unbeaten and determined to keep it that way.

A crowd estimated at up to 400 - a figure that officials at many UniBond League Premier Division sides can only dream of - were huddled along both touchlines and behind both goals to urge on their heroes and ruthlessly berate the opposition.

"Eas-y! Eas-y," went the Thorntree fans as their side took control and took a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to go.

"You're not singing any more!" came the retort as Greenway slammed home a last gasp penalty to salvage a point and, perhaps more importantly for the players, local pride.

"It was a fantastic advert for Sunday morning football," said delighted league secretary Paul Conway.

"The game was excellent, real blood and guts stuff but played in excellent spirits on both sides.

"Lads were clattering each other with firm but fair tackles then helping each other up with big smiles on their faces.

"Both sides really went for it and there was plenty of attacking football, and passion and drama and a last minute penalty meant honours were even, which was handy. …

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