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‘My grandfather left the 1966 World Cup last’

I’ve by no means left a recreation early, however my grandfather apparently left the 1966 World Cup last earlier than West Germany equalised within the 89th minute to beat the visitors. That was unwise. I used to be 4 on the time and he died after I was nonetheless younger, so I by no means had the prospect to ask if it was true or was an apocryphal story. I’ve by no means left a recreation early. Dan

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‘When you plan to put on heels, get seats’

Eire have been taking part in Australia at Lansdowne Highway in August 2003. My girlfriend on the time complained a lot about standing in heels that I ultimately caved in and we left with about quarter-hour to go. I missed the profitable aim, scored within the eightieth minute to make it 2-1 to Eire. If anybody is planning on carrying heels to the soccer, ensure you get seats and never terrace tickets. Paul

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‘I assumed it not possible Barça would rating three’

Barcelona 6-1 PSG, La Remontada. When Edinson Cavani scored for PSG across the hour-mark, I made a decision to go away Camp Nou. I had travelled for a pal’s fiftieth party within the close by city of Palamos. He owns a pub there known as The Currach and we’d had a three-day lock in. So the model of me that turned up on the match was hungover and in want of standard booze to maintain going. Camp Nou was teetotal for Champions League video games so, when Cavani scored, I assumed it not possible that Barça would rating three extra targets, so I break up.

When my taxi arrived again at my lodge and I couldn’t discover anybody within the restaurant or bar, I knew one thing was up. Then an explosion of human noise from an adjoining room confirmed my fears. I discovered all of the delirious workers and a TV display screen declaring 6-1. Bugger! Nonetheless, I wasn’t notably invested come what may and I did want that drink. Rod

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‘I flat-out sprinted all the best way dwelling’

Spirits have been cautiously excessive among the many Manchester United followers within the away finish at Anfield after a half-decent first half. Liverpool had scored simply earlier than the break however the basic feeling was that we’d get an opportunity or two within the second half if we stored it tight. We didn’t maintain it tight. The very last thing I noticed was Mo Salah’s volley hitting the underside of the bar to make it 4-0 earlier than I turned and flat-out sprinted all the best way dwelling.

It completed 7-0 to Liverpool and I don’t remorse leaving. In actual fact, I get a bit uninterested in being instructed to “dig in and help the crew” throughout moments like these. At dwelling, I don’t suppose I’d ever depart early however away – when followers have travelled additional and have spent extra money to get there – I believe it’s truthful to anticipate barely larger requirements out of your crew. In the event that they’re giving up, I don’t suppose anybody can blame followers for giving up too – particularly towards your closest, fiercest rivals. You don’t at all times get to depend on everlasting adulation, it’s important to earn it. I used to be furious with the crew that day. Jay

Mo Salah scores as Liverpool beat Manchester United 7-0.
Mo Salah scores as Liverpool beat Manchester United 7-0. {Photograph}: Michael Regan/Getty Pictures

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‘I left on the behest of my mates’

Sheffield United have been internet hosting Oxford United within the late-Seventies and it was drifting to a dire 0-0. I left a couple of minutes earlier than the top on the behest of my mates. Inside 30 seconds of leaving we heard an almighty roar as the one aim of the sport hit the again of the Oxford internet. I’ve by no means left a recreation earlier than the ultimate whistle since. Andy

‘Listening to she had the most effective day softened the blow’

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I took my daughter, who was 5 on the time, to observe Crystal Palace play Leicester. I believe she liked the concept of supporting Palace greater than the supporting. It was her first recreation after the pandemic (having completed cup video games and friendlies within the extra sterile Household Stand) and I introduced her to the Decrease Holmesdale, with the Holmesdale Fanatics to our proper. She sat in utter awe for the opening minutes, clapping and attempting to hitch in. We began nicely and the ambiance ramped up. All of it all of the sudden grew to become an excessive amount of for a small woman, who had been sheltered as a consequence of a pandemic. Inside quarter-hour she needed to go. With my pleas for Palace to cease taking part in so nicely going ignored, the ambiance continued.

We went to the concourse to calm her. A steward noticed the scenario and kindly took us to a disabled space, which was half empty and a good bit quieter. A compromise of ready till half-time was reached and, as we conceded twice, the noise died down and he or she started to take pleasure in herself extra. However we agreed to go away at half-time, so I reluctantly trudged off to Norwood Junction, informing my spouse: “Report the sport please. I’m turning my telephone off and can watch the second half as quickly as I get dwelling.”

We drew 2-2. I don’t suppose any fan needs to overlook a comeback however my daughter telling me “I’ve had the most effective day, Daddy,” as we waited for a prepare softened the blow barely. As we watched on the couch and it obtained again to 2-1 being requested … “We could put CBeebies on now?” much less so. Fortuitously, she nonetheless loves the concept of supporting and going to Palace. Although we’re a bit extra cautious of the place we sit lately. Tom

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‘All of us had a very good giggle at them’

The couple that sat subsequent to me at Manchester Metropolis video games left early once we received the title in 2012 towards QPR. They usually left at round 84 minutes to get to the pub, however they left at 78 minutes that day. All of us had a very good giggle at them as soon as the euphoria of the Sergio Agüero aim began to dissipate. Tom

‘Soaking and freezing, we went for pint’

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I left halfway by means of Southampton’s 9-0 defeat at dwelling to Leicester. Soaking moist and freezing, we went for an early half-time pint at 4-0 down. Whereas queueing, the fifth aim went in. A great deal of us simply headed for the exit after which the pub. At first the steward wouldn’t allow us to out of the bottom. I’d by no means left a recreation early earlier than, however I had by no means been so moist and chilly, and being 5-0 down with 10 males at half-time is unquestionably past anybody’s affordable endurance. Fletch

Jamie Vardy makes it 9-0 to Leicester in front of empty seats at St Mary’s.
Jamie Vardy makes it 9-0 to Leicester in entrance of empty seats at St Mary’s. {Photograph}: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Pictures

‘Seeing the fellows who had left was pure pleasure’

I didn’t depart early on that fantastic day at St James Park in 2011, when Newcastle got here from 4-0 right down to draw 4-4 with Arsenal. My three brothers, girlfriend and greatest pal thought we had paid our cash so we’d keep – irrespective of how large the drubbing. Strolling into the city centre after the match, seeing the fellows who had left at half-time for a spot of purchasing, head in palms at lacking the most effective comeback: such pleasure. Sunil

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‘Folks make bets on what minute I depart’

I left each recreation early – as quickly as I knew the outcome wouldn’t change. Spurs would both win or not. I hate sitting in visitors. I solely remorse leaving one recreation early: we have been 4-2 right down to Arsenal with a couple of minutes to go and I left. We drew 4-4. Folks would make bets on what minute I’d depart. The file is 34 minutes. Jeremy

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‘I sat on the coach and sulked until the game ended’

In the late-1960s and early-1970s, I followed Liverpool home and away. I left early during their league game at Derby on 1 November 1969, shortly after the fourth goal was scored (we lost 4-0). I just couldn’t stand and watch my team being humiliated any more.

Back then the gates to grounds used to be opened three quarters into the game and people could leave – or get in for free. The gates weren’t open yet so I had to climb over them to get out. I sat on the coach and sulked until the game ended. I subsequently had a full-on argument with my then girlfriend because she didn’t share my anguish and shame at the humiliating defeat. John

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‘I was probably at risk of hypothermia’

It was the day after my eighth birthday, Gianfranco Zola had absolutely put Villa to the sword and it was freezing cold. I asked to leave when he made it 2-0 in the 70th minute. My dad made us stay until about five minutes from the end, saying I’d be upset if Villa came back to draw and I missed it.

They did not come back and I do not regret leaving in the slightest as I was probably at risk of hypothermia. I don’t advocate for leaving games early now that I am a grown-up, but I think when there are mitigating circumstances (day after eighth birthday, freezing cold, clearly going to lose the game) then it’s understandable. Ian

Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea.
Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

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‘It was just one of those days’

I left an FA Cup fourth-round tie at half-time because Spurs were losing 4-0 to Fulham. Spurs were down to 10 men (Michael Dawson having been sent off), and four goals behind at the break. The pub and a curry seemed like a better option and, frankly, a comeback didn’t seem on the cards. A midfield containing Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart was being dominated by Steve Sidwell and Danny Murphy; it was just one of those days, which Spurs have at increasingly regular intervals.

I don’t regret leaving. The game ended 4-0 and the second half was almost as forgettable for Spurs as the first (I caught most of it in the pub). It was the right call and I’d do it again if I had the chance. Patrick

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‘I introduced the three-goal rule’

Notts County were away at Rotherham in March 2014. I left in the 26th minute when Notts went 3-0 down. We were terrible at the time and I introduced the three-goal rule. It was usually applied at some point in the second half, but this was the earliest.

We went four down two minutes later and other friends left. A few of us grabbed a cab and by half-time we were in the Sheffield station tap pub, where a steady stream of Notts fans arrived through the rest of the afternoon. The Rotherham steward wouldn’t open the exit when we left, so I lit a cigarette to force him to allow me outside. Neil

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‘Soul-destroying didn’t begin to describe it’

I left Scarborough v Scunthorpe in 1999 after a dismal first-half performance that nearly destroyed my will to live. We were 2-0 down and I was queuing for my half-time pie when the game kicked off. I heard a cheer from the away end as Scunthorpe scored their third goal. The pie went un-purchased as I hightailed it out of the McCain Stadium.

I was less than five minutes into the half so I beat my previous record of leaving after 55 minutes against Barnet back in 1991. Soul-destroying didn’t begin to describe it. Do I regret it? Not in the slightest. Would I do it again? Most definitely. Chris

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‘We got a speeding fine on the way home’

Bolton v Ipswich, 2002. We were 4-0 down after 40 minutes. It was a bitter blow – and a long trip home so we got up and left. Oh, and we got a speeding fine on the way home too. I don’t regret it at all. Sometimes you need to protect yourself from all that hurt. Emma


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