I’m ashamed to be a Wolves supporter right now. Idiots bombarded Notts County fans’ coaches with bricks following the League Cup match last night.
Last week I argued that we were an honest team on the pitch and it was a view echoed by most fans and managers around the country in the media. Then we won plaudits at the weekend for the quality of our football against Spurs.
Finally, we came through a disappointing performance last night to book our place in the last 16 of the cup. All that and our own fans bring disgrace on the club in one act of stupidity.
Lee Hughes is a man with a very questionable past. He had the world at his feet but threw it all away, causing untold pain to a family and wrecking his career in the process. Last night he taunted Wolves fans with his T-shirt, scrawled with the words ‘Boing Boing’.
Notts County star Lee Hughes taunts the Wolves fans after opening the scoring at Molineux
Let me put on the record that without Hughes' dim-witted action, I don’t think the shameful events that followed outside the ground would have happened.
As far as I’m concerned, Hughes should every day be thankful that he earns a living in an industry so grimy, money-driven and shameless that he could find work so easily on his release from prison.
If it was most of us, every time we laced up our boots and stepped on to a pitch to play professional football we would do it with deference to the people who gave us a second chance.
Perhaps asking that he finds some humility is too much to ask but it shouldn’t be unreasonable to ask for respect. Not only does Hughes show none of it, he outright goads us.
Of course he was verbally abused on the pitch, but only marginally more than Ashley Cole is every week around the country, and that’s because it’s the only way we can show him what a miserable human being we think he is.
Hughes might have been the catalyst for the behavior of some of the home fans outside of Molineux, but he wasn’t to blame. Those responsible were the ones with bricks in their hands and nobody else.
If those people can’t show an ounce of self-restraint or respect, how can we ask anything else from Hughes?