Why Chorley Supporters Will Be Home Alone On Saturday

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Cruyff_des says:

    I was at the above mentioned Chorley v Chester game earlier this year and prior to the match every man and his dog knew there would be trouble, apart from the police it seemed. I can vouch from first hand experience that day that there were numerous fans from several north west clubs out to cause problems.

    If Chorley themselves have put this restriction on tickets and kick off time themselves then they’re foolish in the extreme and they’ve cost themselves a big windfall in gate receipts. But if it is the Police that have interfered and put in place these ridiculous measures, they have done nothing but prove again how woefully incompetent they are.

  2. Paul says:

    Excellent article. The safety of the FC fans was far from guaranteed. In fact, at the Chorley – Chester game it seems that police moved the Chester coaches without telling the fans, and then directed Chester fans (men, women, kids the lot) towards local-ish scumbags who had only come out to cause trouble. “Fighting crime protecting people” my arse. And why should FC United be subject to being a test outing for Lancs police? Haven’t they had 100+ years of policing football in Lancashire? Pathetic. I think, as you suggest, that it all stemmed from the Chorley Chairman and Manager’s desire to have Chorley fans outnumbering FC fans. Let’s hope it all backfires on them.

  3. Ian says:

    The Brighton match was declared category ‘C’ not ‘A’. ‘C’ is supposedly high risk of disorder, ‘A’ low risk.

  4. Jc69817 says:

    Why don’t the police talk to other forces before reacting in such an over the top way. FC fans have travelled the country with no hint of trouble as can be documented by polices forces and football clubs all over the north and beyond.

  5. Gav says:

    The first line of this article is factually incorrect. The policing and ticketing policy for this game was taken out of the hands of Chorley FC by the Lancashire Police. Also relating to the above piece of work. What ground improvements would you suggest at Victory Park for a one off game. The segregation fence has been made secure and permanent as you must have seen on your last visit, what else would you suggest? You may want to check your facts before you spout anymore self righteous twaddle.

  6. Adrian Stockwell says:

    If it was decided by the police then the incompetence doesn’t surprise. We (at Halifax) were made to pre-order tickets for the away game at Ossett Town last season because apparently there might be trouble. Trouble with whom, we all wondered? Ossett don’t have any fans. Furthermore, the game was on the last day of the season when everything had long been decided (Halifax promoted, Ossett relegated etc). Thirdly, Halifax isn’t exactly Leeds. We would have taken 1200 max. In the end, because of the pointless ticket fiasco, I think we took about 750.

  7. oftenscore6 says:

    Great article. What I think is missing though is that people who attended a previous Chorley game this season were able to purchase 4 tickets for anyone they wished. In the end, those tickets were widely available in local pubs, as I hear. This policy is somewhat at odds with the Chorley Board’s stated aim of ‘minimising the trouble potential’. Actually I suspect if the game had been played at 1500, that would have minimised the trouble potential further as any PL fans going to Bolton v Man Utd would have struggled to attend…

    To their credit though, Chorley allowed the match to be screened to a venue where FC fans could watch TV coverage of the game.

    Chorley fans will be very welcome to the return fixture, hopefully at 3pm on Saturday Dec 3, pay on the gate – subject to the weather and either side still being in the FA Cup.

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