Inter-Racial RelationsColin French Tuesday, April 17, 2001 12:32 GMT
Newcastle & District Welfare League
Newcastle Tigers 3 - 4 Interpon Bensham Arms FC
Humphrey (2), Coates, O.G.
Recently installed team manager Andy Humphrey celebrated his new status by bagging a couple of goals in Saturday's hard-fought (literally at times) victory versus Newcastle Tigers. The Tigers, noted for their efforts in trying to stamp out racism in football, found themselves behind as early as the 2nd minute, Interpon slicing through the defence with ease.
However they gained the advantage before half-time thanks to some woeful refereeing that bordered on the ridiculous at times. The referee found his decisions questioned constantly by the Interpon players, as he appeared to give everything to the Tigers, and Ryan Parker found himself subbed in order to stop the ref sending him off - such were his protests. The feeling was that the referee, in trying to appear non-racist, went well over the top, and this frustrated all the players, with Paul Mulligan getting caught up with their right winger. Tigers centre-half came running the length of the pitch to start a brawl that the referee ended by showing only 3 yellow cards!!
The wind significantly affected the game, with the Tigers unable to muster any attacks in the second half, and Interpon came from 3-2 down with 10 minutes to go, to seal victory with Jimmy Coates notching and an own goal.