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Police try to stop Solihull fans fighting Barnet supporters after Gary Hooper scores first goal

Police try to stop Solihull fans fighting Barnet supporters after Gary Hooper scores his first goal since signing for the Bees.

A video of the incident emerged on social media, uploaded by awayfans2022 on Instagram, showing a close up of what was happening at the National League fixture.

@GaddJordan meanwhile wrote in a tweet: “Think @SolihullMoors have got some speaking to do, disgusting behaviour from some of there travelling fans at the end, running on the pitch, also hailing abuse at one of our ball boys probz no older than 15, pushing past stewards to get to our fans @TheVanaramaNL have a word ffs.

“What I saw…. about 10 solihull fans hurling abuse at a ball boys behind the goal when we scored, solihull fan ran on the pitch got rugby tackled, and then there fans tryna push past stewards to get into our end… something needs to be done, dreading rochdale”

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Gary Hooper gave Barnet a sigh of relief after scoring deep into stoppage time as promotion-chasing Barnet salvaged a point from a 1-1 draw.

Solihull broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Joe Newton got on the end of Joss Labadie’s cross to head the visitors in front.

Solihull thought they had scored again on the 84th minute, only for Kade Craig to be flagged offside.

With the away side on course for victory, Barnet’s Harry Pritchard saw his late header strike the crossbar, with Hooper there to level in the sixth minute of time added on.

It was Hooper’s first goal since he joined the club, earlier this month.

He said post-match: It’s always nice scoring your first goal for the club, but today we didn’t lose the game that was the main thing um we kept going we was all over in both halves, we let them in didn’t really create much but yeah we we take away the point.

On his fitness: Yeah getting there um Gaff has keeps putting me on towards the end, 10, don’t known how many I got today, 10/15 minutes, feeling good, yeah um training’s getting there had a long time out um but yeah slowly slowly getting there and there still a long way to go

On Kabamba potentially being out injured and having impact going forward: Yeah hopefully he’s not too bad, top scorer you don’t want him injured, um yeah hopefully see what the gaffa says uh we got a big game Oxford away on Saturday in the cup game so yeah we’ll see what happens

On switching focusing on that game: We go through tonight’s game when we come back here on Thursday and then we go out to train and ready get ready for Oxford um but the main thing today was we didn’t lose um I think that’s nine or 10 unbeaten now I think um which is a very good stat from us

On the overall performance: I thought we controlled the game from the first minute to the last minute, um they sat in they came for the draw, uh they uh they got the header, um we hit the bar/post a few times um and nearly won it at the end, um but I thought we we played well we control the game, but um still need to be better in the in the box

On his goal: I saw it drop and just swung it nice little left foot swinger um went in um and then as I said we could have won at the end

It was a surprise decision for the forward to drop to non league. having made over 600 career appearances, scoring 253 goals and scored in the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Football League Trophy, FA Trophy, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Premier League, making him the first and only player to achieve this feat.

He started his career at Grays Athletic, where he made 94 appearances and scored 29 goals and helped The Gravelmen win the Conference South and two FA Trophy’s during his time at the club before joining fellow Essex side Southend United.

Over the next four seasons, Hooper would make 112 appearances across all three levels of the Football League for Southend United, Leyton Orient, Hereford United and Scunthorpe United before moving to the Scottish Premier League to play for Celtic.

During his three-year spell with Celtic, Hooper established himself as one of the SPL greats, scoring 63 goals in 95 league games. During his three-season spell with Celtic, Hooper would win two Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cups. He would also be Celtic’s top scorer in all three seasons at the club and win a SPL golden boot. Hooper was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

That success then earned him a move to Premier League side Norwich City. Hooper would score eight goals for the Canaries in the top fight of English football, but it wasn’t enough to help Norwich avoid the drop to the Championship. Gary scored 12 goals in 30 Championship appearances, including a hat-trick against Blackpool and a stoppage-time winner away at Bolton Wanderers, which ensured a play-off spot for Norwich. Hooper would feature in the 2-0 play-off final win at Wembley against Middlesbrough, which saw Norwich bounce back to the Premier League.

Hooper then moved to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, where he would score 30 goals in 82 Championship appearances and help The Owl’s qualify for two play-off campaigns.

After four seasons in Sheffield, Hooper would play his football abroad. He would play in the A-League, Indian Super League, Cypriot First Division and UAE Second Division before joining Barnet FC.

Here’s how social media users reacted to footage as police try to stop Solihull fans fighting Barnet supporters after Gary Hooper scores his first goal…

@hyamzy1: That’s what a 97 mins equaliser looks like 🐝 🤣🤣🤣

@chrisrutt3: Very good fought point tonight, not at our best last few games but digging deep and getting results. Really poor from Solihull fans trying to punch the ball boy and making a fight after the final whistle. Not a few either was a good 20 odd fighting shocking to see onto Oxford 🐝

@Raifehl: Takes from the game. First half played incredible, second half severely struggled down the right and to get the final ball in, scenes at 90+6 aswelll as mass brawl instigated by dirty solihull fans who feel the need to abuse stewards and ball boys physically, deserved a punching

the.northern.shrimper: Imagine taking 60 on a 2 hour away trip and then giving it to a load of 16 year olds 🤣🤣🤣

linus.wsm: The invisible wall back at it again

kieran_kdog: They tried attacking the ball boy

lou1edrap3r_: Pointing and shouting , lethal 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋

swfc.br: Southerners are so cringe with that wanky accent

joeafcc: embarrassing 😂

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