I am a Baggie who has lived in Swansea for 25 years. I was at the game yesterday with my brother, nephew, sister-in-law (who live in Porthcawl) and our friends John and his wife Helen who are Baggies living in the Isle of Wight.
Yesterday, for the first time in my 45 years of supporting the Albion I was ashamed. The "No Surrender" nonsense in the bar area was not a good start, although I've heard it many times; then the minutes silence was ruined (after we'd won some moral high ground back by applauding Brendan Rodgers' father, the dead miners, a young Swans fan who'd died, and our own youth player); then the minutes silence was totally desecrated by thugs who MUST have known what was going on.
No, don't argue. You knew. And don't give me that apologist "Swansea fans this, Swansea fans that" either - just a discrace.
This however was not the worst. A group of about 6 young people with a couple of 40-odd year old so-called "adults" spent the rest of the game not watching anything in front of them whatsoever. They stood up and obscured the views of an entire family of Baggies - who understandably left after the 3rd goal; they spent the entire game goading the nearby Swans fans; they were obviously drunk and looking for trouble.
Then the worst - "Going down with the miners, You're going down with the miners" - at which point I exploded. A disgrace to themselves, their families, the human race and our football club. Which is what I told them. Because they are. No excuses, especially "we had been drinking all day" - is that going to be your defence in court when you get there?
I now have to persuade my brother to keep going and that there are many, many of us who abhor this behaviour and will not tolerate it. Otherwise I have no-one to share my petrol costs to the Hawthorns!