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An awkward predicament (seriously)

I've got a new regular standing next to me in J block.
The problem is he's only about 11, on his own and no sign of parents etc.*

Do I talk to him?
offer him an m&m?
Pretend he's not there?

I can talk for England but find this a bit awkward.
*if he belongs to one of us he's perfectly safe but things were getting a bit heated with the stewards next to us and looked like it would kick off.
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  • Are u sure he’s only 11? Not being funny I’m awful with guessing ages. We had a lad start at our place last week. Looks about 12/13 to me. Gave me a copy of his passport for his HR file and he’s 18 in May.
  • Are u sure he’s only 11? Not being funny I’m awful with guessing ages. We had a lad start at our place last week. Looks about 12/13 to me. Gave me a copy of his passport for his HR file and he’s 18 in May.
    I'm being generous with 11. 
  • I've got a new regular standing next to me in J block.
    The problem is he's only about 11, on his own and no sign of parents etc.*

    Do I talk to him?
    offer him an m&m?
    Pretend he's not there?

    I can talk for England but find this a bit awkward.
    *if he belongs to one of us he's perfectly safe but things were getting a bit heated with the stewards next to us and looked like it would kick off.
    Not if you’re wearing a mac!
  • I've got a new regular standing next to me in J block.
    The problem is he's only about 11, on his own and no sign of parents etc.*

    Do I talk to him?
    offer him an m&m?
    Pretend he's not there?

    I can talk for England but find this a bit awkward.
    *if he belongs to one of us he's perfectly safe but things were getting a bit heated with the stewards next to us and looked like it would kick off.
    Not if you’re wearing a mac!
    and holding a puppy
  • Has he got a lightning shaped scar on his forehead Baldy?
    As it happens......no.
  • Seriously though if he’s on his own in the North Upper that’s a bit odd. Just talk to him ffs
  • I'd just try chatting to him about the game. Might give you chance later to check if he is OK
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  • Has he got a lightning shaped scar on his forehead Baldy?
    As it happens......no.
    Well, it's not who I was thinking it was then...
  • Punch him in the face and tell him to fuck off 
    Righto :p
  • Are u sure he’s only 11? Not being funny I’m awful with guessing ages. We had a lad start at our place last week. Looks about 12/13 to me. Gave me a copy of his passport for his HR file and he’s 18 in May.
    I'm being generous with 11. 
    It’s not Tyler Rowlinson is it?
  • Punch him in the face and tell him to fuck off 
    Righto :p
    Second thoughts I think it's me grandson. 

  • Are u sure he’s only 11? Not being funny I’m awful with guessing ages. We had a lad start at our place last week. Looks about 12/13 to me. Gave me a copy of his passport for his HR file and he’s 18 in May.
    I'm being generous with 11. 
    It’s not Tyler Rowlinson is it?
    Def not :D
  • When you see him next, just say 'Hello, lad', and you've made contact.
  • I had my first season ticket when I was 14 in 1998 (I turned 15 a few months after the season begun)

    Went on my own and still sit in the same seat on my own

    Being the Premier League the East Stand was a sell out yet sat next to a lovely bloke (he only sat next to me the one season before moving, shut it!!) who I chatted with every week, still one of my main memories is balling my eyes out when we got relegated against Sheffield Wednesday and he stood there asking if I was okay - Over the years I spoke to others around me who have since moved on and dont attend anymore leaving just the three of us (a couple of others still show up and make sure they sit behind me so we catch up etc.)

    Because of those around me its probably the harder reason to give up my season ticket now, not because of the football but losing the friendships I've built

    Its a long winded answer but I'd suggest talking to him, will potentially give him more cause to attend games because its then more than just the game they're attending

    The only word of caution I'd offer is its not 1998 anymore, people have got a lot more tetchy about even speaking with kids
    Indeed, that is my concern.
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  • Problem with modern culture isn't it.  My dad used to leave me at the front of the homesdale (we where playing there then before anyone starts) when I was about 7 or 8.  I would never leave a child like that now, are there more "wronguns" around now, probably not.

    More on point, just ask him a question like, do you remember that clown Fraye? Or how good it was when we beat Chelsea.  Your quickly get an idea of how old he was or/and who he is and who he is with. 
  • I reckon you can just say “alright mate” at the next match. You should be able to gage if he’s alright from there, I probably went to my first match without parents around that age so it’s not totally crazy but it probably makes sense for you to keep an eye on him in that part of the stadium just in case there’s any silliness. 
  • I had my first season ticket when I was 14 in 1998 (I turned 15 a few months after the season begun)

    Went on my own and still sit in the same seat on my own

    Being the Premier League the East Stand was a sell out yet sat next to a lovely bloke (he only sat next to me the one season before moving, shut it!!) who I chatted with every week, still one of my main memories is balling my eyes out when we got relegated against Sheffield Wednesday and he stood there asking if I was okay - Over the years I spoke to others around me who have since moved on and dont attend anymore leaving just the three of us (a couple of others still show up and make sure they sit behind me so we catch up etc.)

    Because of those around me its probably the harder reason to give up my season ticket now, not because of the football but losing the friendships I've built

    Its a long winded answer but I'd suggest talking to him, will potentially give him more cause to attend games because its then more than just the game they're attending

    The only word of caution I'd offer is its not 1998 anymore, people have got a lot more tetchy about even speaking with kids
    Indeed, that is my concern.
    Yeah dont blame you

    Had a really bizarre run in with a young lad down my road in March last year... Said some kids had broken his phone and was terrified of going back to his parents because they wouldnt believe him

    Didnt want to escort him home and help explain as was worried about how it may look

    Had another instance with him a few months afterwards where he was around my road asking for some advise which I cant remember now and again brushed it off

    Third case I heard of a kid (strongly fitted this lad's description) being threatened by kids in town one night with a knife, seemed very agitated when he spoke with these adults - Now it could have been a different child and he could regardless have been telling tales in sob story / cry wolf attempt - He'd been really polite when he'd spoken to me though so decided to act this time by going out for a walk to see if I could find this kid and see if he was okay... Walking around my plan would have been to call the police the moment I found him (never did and havent ran into him since) but in a way I'm glad I didnt, how would it look to the police, me an adult standing around with a kid I'm no connection / relation with, despite my efforts of being a good samaritan am adament even now it wouldnt have ended well for me had I found him
  • I find it heartwarming to know kids are still being allowed to go on their own, in an age when people can sometimes be over cautious with these things. I was around 14 when I was allowed to go up to Charlton on my own on the train from Folkestone. Did a few northern aways on the coach too. Not everyone has friends and family who want to go every week, so it's sometimes something you grow into on your own.

    Exchange a friendly greeting, when you're that age it's good to be acknowledged by your fellow fans if you are just taking those first steps towards making football your thing rather than something you have to do with parents, etc.
  • If the lad was on his own and didn't say much he might be a baggie as there was at least 2k I looked around when we scored and so many folk were sitting on their hands with glum faces. The rest were going Ape. 
    No, one of us, Charlton shirt and has been there last couple of games.
  • I've got a new regular standing next to me in J block.
    The problem is he's only about 11, on his own and no sign of parents etc.*

    Do I talk to him?
    offer him an m&m?
    Pretend he's not there?

    I can talk for England but find this a bit awkward.
    *if he belongs to one of us he's perfectly safe but things were getting a bit heated with the stewards next to us and looked like it would kick off.
    It wasn’t @ElfsborgAddick was it?
  • se9addick said:
    Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this on here before but a few years ago when we were playing Wednesday away up at Hillsbrough (possibly the Johnnie Jackson match). My brother and I were standing outside an off-licence near the ground pre-match drinking vodka (it was a heavy time) and some bloke came up to us with two young boys, one wearing a Sheffield Wednesday top and the other a Charlton shirt. 

    Turns out he was step dad to the Charlton supporting lad (assume his actual Dad was an Addick or something) and he asked if we - two young guys from a city hundreds of miles away drinking vodka in the street - could take his step son into the away end with us. Said the young lad would know where to go after the match to meet him and before we had a chance to answer he had basically walked off with his Wednesday supporting actual son and we’re left with this kid and about half a bottle of vodka. 

    Was really weird that someone would just leave their kid like that at a football match, reckon he’d be about 11 now. 
    That is so weird ?
    Considering I have never seen you sober other than when you were in the funeral march. Some strange and poor parents around.
    Ps. I gave your black and white scarf to a Grimsby fan who came down to London because he hated the smell of fish and was selling the big issue near Charing cross. Even though the scarf had been washed, the scarf had the aroma of Smirnoff, and he was grateful to get a reminded of his football team. I thing it was at the Hull 6-0 defeat that you gave me the scarf.
    Still Lee and Matt only speak the truth so shouldn't be needed now.
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