Hooligans deface Shamrock Rovers monument ahead of Dublin Derby
The Shamrock Rovers Milltown monument and doors to Tallaght Stadium have been defaced ahead of tonight's Dublin Derby at Dalymount Park.
The vandalism of the monument - which is erected in Milltown to remember Rovers' old, spiritual home - will add tension to an already volatile fixture against Bohemians that regularly sees rival gangs meet to fight on the streets of Dublin.
The letters BSC (Bohs Soccer Casuals) and BBC (Bohs Baby Crew) were scrawled in red across the monument to leave Rovers fans outraged.
The damage to the stadium doors has been cleaned up already and while thoughtful Rovers have made an effort to clean the monument today, a professional company will be needed to erase all the marks.
In the corresponding fixture last season, up to 100 hooligans clashed on Dorset Street with thugs from Wrexham over with the Bohemians crew and Bury hooligans alongside Shamrock Rovers with the mass brawl captured on video.
12 months ago, rival fans clashed on the pitch during Rovers' 4-0 win over the Northsiders.
This is not the first time that the monument has been vandalised with the last incident occurring back in 2013 and only this year the Tallaght club celebrated it's 30th year since closing the gates at Milltown.
Watch below: Bohs and Rovers fans clash last year