This afternoon I went to watch the England in the Canning Town area of East London. I won't bother with naming the pub but as you can imagine - given the area - it was West Ham through and through. This I expected as I went with a West Ham fan. The beer flowed and we ate good food. When it was time to go to the loo (for the first time) I wasn't surprised to find football graffiti on the wall.
The common theme of the graffiti was along the lines of "ICF - Come on England 2006". For non-football knwoing readers, the ICF is the Inter-City Firm, West Ham's infamous hooligan organisation. Now to be honest I didn't find such graffiti surprising, go to a toilet in a Bermondsey or Peckham pub and you'll find the equivalent sort of thing in relation to Millwall. However, what was interesting was when we left.
As we walked away from the pub the van above was filming the pub from a distance. Now, aside from the amusment that the company is called "Kovert Security" and they weren't exactly hiding themselves, it's fair to assume the graffiti was probably more than just the random biro fun of a drunk bloke. Having said this, a five year old was wielding a large metal pipe and chasing one of his peers in the beer garden whilst his parents watched the game. When I told the lad to stop it by shouting "OI!" one of the other little five years old said "don't listen to what he say's mate, he's no one". Ahhh inner-city toddlers, don't you just lov'em?