What security does not let you take into a football ground…

After the large vuvuzela craze in the South African World Cup back in 2010, many complaints were made from players and managers which led to the banning of the instruments in football grounds and can be confiscated.

Football ground security staff has banned many unusual items in the past and very noticeably the capital of English football, Wembley for example. No instruments are now allowed to be taken into the ground and this includes the typical football crowd noises like trumpets and drums. Security staff and stewards also now confiscate flags in which have a flag pole longer than 1m in length . Bottles, flares, glass vessels, fireworks, knives, blades or spray paint are also among the more obvious and understandable of items that are not allowed past security at an English game.

Wembley however, is far from alone with these strict security systems. Wooden rattles were banned back in the 70s due to use from football hooligans. Other football bans have been slightly odder. In the 1987-88 season, Manchester City’s Maine Road became covered with blow-up bananas which were humorously brought to honour the then in-form striker Imre Varadi, “Imre Banana”. Arguably, the finest hour of the City inflatable craze came in September 1988 when the team visited Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in London. Away supporters were banned and told the could not enter the ground by Chelsea security and stewards due to trouble in a previous play-off fixture. Despite this, some City fans made their way into the ground regardless. “As City scarves and banners would have been a bit of a giveaway,” wrote Mike Rowbottom in the Guardian, “a less obvious rallying device was devised. A 7ft inflatable Frankenstein. So simple.”

This craze continued, In February, Bristol City fans came to support their side in a Littlewoods Cup Semi Final with over 200 sets of inflatable fangs in honour if the current manager Joe Jordan.  In a different occasion, one and a half thousand in Grimsby fans in total turned out flashing haddocks and Blackpool began to sell the club’s supporters two and a half feet tall plastic Blackpool towers.

After all the crazes, police and security began to take action. At Highbury, the former Arsenal ground, local police deemed that the oversized novelty fruits belonging to City fans were capable of obstructing spectator’s views.

In the most bizarre events, Irene Kerrigan somehow managed to get her parrot along with its cage into a Hertfordshire Senior Centenary Trophy quarter-final tie between Hertford Heath and Hatfield Town. It wasn’t until the second half when the parrot managed to master the mimic of the referee’s whistle and caused the whole ground to laugh every time the parrot made the whistle noise which on many occasions stopped play. Eventually the referee had no choice but to send the woman away.