Rowdy football fans leave Sheffield city centre covered in glass

The Graduate crew clearing up the mess left by Grimsby fans in Sheffield city centre.
The Graduate crew clearing up the mess left by Grimsby fans in Sheffield city centre.
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A huge clean up operation was mounted in Sheffield city centre after hundreds of football fans smashed bottles and glasses on the street outside the Winter Garden and the central library.

Hundreds of rowdy Grimsby Town FC fans stopped off in Sheffield on Bank Holiday Monday on the way to their Vanarama Conference fixture against Alfreton FC in Derbyshire.

The fans walked up into town from Midland Station and descended on Sheffield city centre, congregating outside the Central Library on Surrey Street.

The supporters spent several hours drinking outside the Graduate Pub, chanting, and smashing bottles on the ground in scenes some onlookers said they found intimidating.

Many of them filmed footage of them singing, chanting and dancing on their mobile phones and posted the footage on YouTube - with the title ‘Grimsby Town fans take over Sheffield!”.

One eye witness described it as ‘carnage’.

He said: “For a period of two hours around 300 of them were outside the Graduate pub and city library.

“They were freely chanting and smashing the glasses and bottles they had brought with them to such an extent that the entire street up to the Winter Garden was coated with glass.

“The police were called and the fans dispersed.

“The Graduate staff had to involve themselves in a extensive clean up and all pedestrians had to be exceptionally careful as the ground was thick with glass shards.

“A city clean up crew arrived some hours later.”