Man about Wokingham, George Evans, told me about an interesting encounter a mate of his had with a Chelsea fan in deepest Essex some years ago. R’s fan Geoff Wallace lives in Colchester and one day he pulled up outside a village shop in Yeldham looking for a place to park his van. He then noticed that directly outside the shop was a car with a number plate that read, “CFC 123” !!! This was like a red rag to a bull so Geoff managed to park up very tightly and block him in.
Geoff then jumped out with some masking tape in hand and quick as a flash covered up the ‘2’and wrote ‘QPR’ on another piece and applied that as well so the number plate then read “CFC 1 3 QPR” !!! Geoff then popped into the shop and jumped back in his van a bit sharpish to await the return of the other driver. Eventually he returned to the scene cussing and cursing Geoff, who just leaned out of his van waving an R’s programme at him and drove off with a big smile on his face !
The following week Geoff returned to the village and pulled up outside the same shop and lo and behold the same car was parked there again. Geoff carefully squeezed his van behind him and blocked him in again. When the Chelsea fan returned to his car an almighty row broke out and Geoff gave him a bit of a mouthful before jumping back in his van and just before he drove off he pointed to the fella’s number plate which still proudly displayed, “CFC 1 3 QPR”. Un-noticed by the occupant for a week,but possibly witnessed by thousands, it was just an everyday tale that goes beyond rivalry and banter that could of happened almost anywhere.