Of course, our affiliations would have been clear in any event. If you look at the tickets, you will see they say "home supporters only"...you are required to state your affiliation at the time time you buy your ticket, and if you support the 'other' team during the game, one of the orange vested bouncers takes you out of the stadium. ... yikes!
In the game itself, Bilbao scored first. It would be an understatement to say the Bilbao fans were in rapture. We ended the first half at 1-0 for the Spanish. Happily (at least for the home fans), Tottenham managed two goals right after half time: the goals were within 5 minutes of eachother, and both happened when I had my head turned and was whispering something to one child or the other. Ah well... such is my lot in life. But even if I missed seeing the event, I was able to join in with the rest of the crowd in a rousing chorus of the song "look who is not singing now", sung to the Bilbao supporters (off in the Bilbao section). I must say, the Bilbao supporters put on a great show, and were way noisier than their relatively small numbers in the corner of the stadium would have suggested they could be!
On the way home, the queue at the train station was impossibly long, so we decided to walk from the stadium back to the Seven Sister`s tube station. The evening was nice, so it seemed a pleasant diversion to walk rather than queue up. The walk down the Tottenham high street started off fine, but seemed a bit wierd near the end. Traffic was not moving at all, and finally people started turning their cars around: there seemed to be a block on the road up ahead. Indeed, there were people crowding around a police station, and there were police all over... it looked like maybe a vigil or a protest. It was hard to say, but the mood seemed a bit off, so we just kept going til we got to the tube station.
In any event, it turned out that there were riots and fires later on that night in Tottenham... protests over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan. We had been walking past the first part of the march on the police station. I didn`t hear about riots until tonight.... people are talking about the parallels to the last riots like this back in the 1980s... Here is a bit more footage... All I can say is, you could certainly feel something was in the air. Glad we were home before it started....