Residents next to a major soccer field say it’s a nightmare – disrespectful fans leave rubbish everywhere and block driveways.
Thousands of home and away fans flock to the Hawthorns every week to watch West Bromwich Albion play.
Locals criticized the constant rubbish left behind after games, as well as the traffic jam and morning Tannoy tests.
Vanessa Violenus, 31, told BirminghamLive: “People go to the football game and then leave all their bottles on the wall.”
“We don’t want to rummage through bottles, that’s not good enough. Some people block drives.”
Mandy Kandola, 34, said: “We have problems when they play, the fans put rubbish everywhere.”
“The fans have neither manners nor respect.”
Arnold Blake, 88, has lived alongside The Hawthorns for 80 years.
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He said: “Living here is a lot better than it was in the early days when you would get into more trouble.”
“They used to try to break the windows on match days but we don’t have that anymore.”
Another elderly resident criticized a tannoy operator for allegedly testing his equipment at 7.30am on a bank holiday.
She said, “There’s a problem, it was a holiday, half past seven, and I heard ‘Ding Dong.’ I could have rammed it up his ass.”
However, the retiree added that when parents break park rules at a nearby school, she gets more upset overall.
Other locals complained about unrelated speeding and crime in the Hawthorns area.
West Bromwich Albion cleans the streets around the stadium before and after matches and also organizes weekly rubbish collection campaigns – although there is no legal obligation to do so.
The association was contacted for comment.
Sandwell City Council said: “We want Sandwell to remain an attractive, orderly and welcoming place to live and visit. As such, we encourage all residents and visitors, including those on match days, to dispose of their rubbish or take it home.”
This comes after residents near a major Premier League stadium said fans continued to damage their cars – but police would not help.