Thu Jun 23 02:53pm EDT
As Leeds did their lap of honor after their final match of the season,
63-year-old great grandmother Margaret Musgrove invaded the pitch and was
promptly escorted away by security (video here) and put in a holding cell. Now, the woman with 13
grandchildren and three great grandchildren has been given an automatic ban of
one year by the club because football clubs don’t like pitch invaders, even if
they’re great grandmothers.
Margaret said: “It’s not like I am a hooligan. People who do much worse than
this get the same ban.
“A suspension from a few games would have hurt, but I already feel like I
have been punished enough.”
Asked what she intended to do when she ran towards the players, Margaret
added: “I just wanted to shout, ‘Lads, I love you’.
“I had my Leeds United bag across my chest and a United flag tied around my
waist. It was hardly threatening.”
She added: “I’ve followed Leeds for years – I just got carried away.
“I don’t go out, Leeds United is my social life.”
Sadly, it seems Margaret still doesn’t understand why she got the
automatic ban. A spokesman for Leeds clarifies that it has nothing to
do with being threatening (via the Guardian):
“Mrs Musgrove encroached the grassed playing area despite repeated pleas
throughout the game for people not to do so and it’s club policy to suspend
people who do this.
“In excess of 30,000 fans abided by the message to please to keep off the
pitch. For a club suspension she is entitled to appeal, which she has
It’s a shame this had to happen to such a devoted and well-intentioned fan,
but if rules against pitch invasion don’t apply to grandmas, then players will
be subjected to an endless stream of cheek pinches as they are force fed a
variety of delicious pies and cookies.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
4 7 5
the most important thing she can do = MG = 47 = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight.
how she obtains her heart’s desire = ME = 45 = Apology.