Football Banning Orders
Posted by: Koppette (IP Logged)
Date: 25 November, 2016 14:54

There was seemingly an attempt in some quarters of the media to make a 'thing' about a reported rise in football related arrests this week. Here are some facts about the National League from those statistics.

The headline: Nearly 2,000 football fans were arrested in the 2015-16 season (across all leagues), the first rise for three years.

The season saw 140 Banning Orders given to fans in the National League.

The highest in the National league was Lincoln City with 35, followed by Grimsby Town on 27, and Wrexham on 19.

Closer to home, there were 17 Banning orders for fans at Chester City, 13 at Tranmere Rovers and none at Southport.

There were 74 arrests for football related offences in the National League last year when there were 557 matches played not including FA Cup or FA Trophy: 15 for violent disorder, 25 public disorder, 2 throwing missiles, seven for pitch invasions, 17 alcohol offences, 2 possession of an offensive weapon, 4 possession of pyrotechnics,

You'd have to go to at least 8 matches in the national league before you'd see an arrest happen. With minor disorder likely to have seen multiple arrests at one match you can probably double that to at least 15 games between arrests.

There were 13 at Grimsby Town, 10 at Lincoln City, 9 at Tranmere Rovers, 8 at Boreham Wood and 8 at Wrexham.

Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, Amanda Jacks, case worker for the Football Supporters’ Federation, said magistrates needed to consider all the circumstances of an offence before imposing an order.
She said: “You can get a football banning order for an offence 24 hours either side of a football match.
“Whilst there are undoubtedly people who do have banning orders for violent disorder and affray, many more have them for non-violent offences because magistrates do not apply the tests they should be applying.”

Tranmere continues to be a safe environment to watch football.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25/11/2016 16:05 by Koppette.

Re: Football Banning Orders
Posted by: 2 the moon (IP Logged)
Date: 26 November, 2016 09:35

Here's an interesting piece from the York press after we played up there and how they policed our fans both genuine supporters and the 'risk' element Although at home the sterling efforts of Merseyside police and the array of tactics and laws they can use these days has virtually eradicated any 'hooligan' element causing trouble at home games both in and outside the stadium there is still an element that will try it away from Birkenhead.[]

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 26/11/2016 09:39 by 2 the moon.

Re: Football Banning Orders
Posted by: mb53trfc (IP Logged)
Date: 26 November, 2016 10:36

After the York game I was at the station waiting for my train back to Newcastle and had half an hour to kill so went for a pint. I was only half aware of a few others who came in shortly after, closely followed by two police officers. One 'Rovers fan' had bought a pint but was told to leave it because his train was ready to go. This was the Trans Pennine referred to in the article. This guy then went round all the tables offering to sell his untouched pint, all the while being cajoled by the police to hurry up. A farcical interlude and hardly a great PR exercise for the club as it wasn't difficult to tell where he was from. Just underlines the good job the police are doing with this as these situations can easily go out of control.

Re: Football Banning Orders
Posted by: 853OKG (IP Logged)
Date: 26 November, 2016 13:22

Walking home from the Chester game, there were a number of Tranmere 'supporters' kicking off against the police because they wanted to get across amongst the Chester fans. The police were naturally segregating the two sets of fans but this didn't stop some numbskulls from being prats.

So there are some idiots supposedly supporting Tranmere. Inevitable I suppose once alcohol has been consumed in large quantities.

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