Barnet ban Grimsby fans from taking inflatables into the ground
Grimsby Town fans have been banned from taking inflatables into their match this weekend at Barnet after they took hundreds to the same fixture two years ago.
"Please note that we have been informed by Barnet that inflatables will not be allowed into the ground on the day of the fixture," said a statement on Grimsby's website.
Two years ago Grimsby fans threw dozens of beach balls and blow up footballs onto the pitch at Barnet when both teams were in the Conference.
One fan was later found guilty of assaulting a football steward with an inflatable shark.
The display was part of a protest after a fan was ejected from the ground at Forest Green Rovers for failing to hand over an inflatable football.
Grimsby, who are 14th in League Two, have been allocated 700 tickets for Barnet, who sit one place and seven points behind the Mariners. They play on Saturday, 29 April at 15:00 BST.
When Harry Haddock invaded Plough Lane
Grimsby fans have a long history of taking inflatables to away grounds.
In 1989, thousands of their supporters descended on Plough Lane when Grimsby, then in the old Fourth Division, played top-flight Wimbledon in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Grimsby lost the game 3-1 but attracted headlines for a huge shoal of inflatable 'Harry Haddock' fish which filled the terraces.
Grimsby's run to the last-16 of the competition had included a third round win over top-flight Middlesbrough.
When Man City went bananas
The craze of taking inflatables to football ground took a real hold during the 1988-89 season.
Stoke City fans took 3,000 blow-up Pink Panthers to Manchester City that season, while inflatable bananas have become associated with City.
According to City's website, inflatable bananas have become part of "the club's folklore and have been a staple part of matchdays for City fans for almost 30 years".