A day out at the match has many different rituals for fans – a visit to their favourite pub, a quick visit to the bookies to get that hopeful accumulator on or even something as bizarre as wearing your lucky pants you were gifted from a well-known Irish bookmaker. There are other match day rituals, though, that some may take for granted, the preparations behind the scenes to get each and every game underway. From the groundsmen, the cleaners and the caterers to the programme vendors, police, first aid crews and matchday stewards.
But who are these mystical bodies in the high-vis jackets that check your bags and belongings before you get into the ground; that confiscate your vodka laced Lucozade that you thought you could get into the ground by saying you were diabetic; that get asked bizarre questions on any subject to do with the club and its history and that try to assist fans who are visiting from far off shores with only a limited grasp of the English language? To be honest, like me, just ordinary every day folk.
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