Grimsby Town Fan Found Guilty Of Common Assault – For Hitting Steward With An Inflatable Shark

By : Alex Bentley |



This is both brilliant and pathetic in equal measure.

Back in February, Grimsby Town were playing away at Barnet, and they took 969 fans away for the trip.

The fans all took loads of weapons inflatables along with them as a jokey protest, after one of their supporters got thrown out of the ground at Forrest Green for having a beach ball and not handing it over.

50 year old Kenny Meech was celebrating his teams winning goal, when a steward pulled him out of the crowd.

This is when things turned sour, as Meech had a dangerous weapon inflatable shark in his hand, and he wasn’t afraid to use it. Apparently, he assaulted the steward with the plastic and air, and was subsequently arrested.

He told the Grimsby Telegraph:

You can imagine what it is like when they score a late goal like that – it’s like England versus Germany. We were all jumping up and down and my inflatable must have accidently hit the steward on the head.

I got picked out by the steward and I was then pulled out of the crowd. I did not show any physical violence whatsoever.

I am a season ticket holder and have been a Town fan for around 40 years now. I don’t know who is more embarrassed – me for getting arrested, or the police charging me for this.

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But not everybody saw it that way, and it went to trial. The steward stood before the magistrates and gave his account, saying he felt terrified when he was hit with the shark. I can see why. To be fair, it must have really, REALLY hurt.

Meech was found guilty of common assault, and handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £700 in costs, compensation of £100 and a victim surcharge.

Like I said at the start, it’s both funny and pathetic in equal measure. I can understand if you’re a steward, that 90 minutes of opposition fans going mad in front of you can be a pain in the arse. But I’ve been hit with inflatables before. At kids parties. It doesn’t hurt, and it isn’t scary.

Here’s a video from the Grimsby fans end on the day of the incident:

It looks like a right laugh! They’re hardly on par with eastern European ultra’s are they!

This story reminds me of the time I was at a football game and ended up being in national newspapers thanks to an inflatable…

Remember when Wayne Rooney got caught out sleeping with a prostitute? Man United played Everton the weekend that story broke, which is impeccable timing. Somebody had an inflatable sex doll bouncing around behind the goal with stuff written all over it. It was pretty funny, and no stewards were brutally attacked with it. But a photo of it did end up being in national newspapers… With me in full view!



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