Tag: Atherstone Town

Public Relations, The Atherstone Town Way

The wheels of justice can turn slowly at times, and sometimes they don’t turn at all. Yesterday, however, at the Warwick Crown Court sitting at Leamington, justice was seen to be done as a number of men were sentenced to spells in prison for their involvement in a serious crowd disturbance during an FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match between Atherstone Town and Barrow in October 2013. During the match, Barrow supporters were attacked and ten of them were injured, whilst a flare was thrown into the area in which they were standing, a flag was stolen from a...

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Atherstone Town’s Dereliction Of Duty

Weekends when international matches take centre stage tend to be slow ones on the sports desks of our national newspapers. With no football matches being played in the Premier League or the Football League Championship, there are slim picking for those who want their weekend editions to be covered with the national game and, as such, it is perhaps unsurprising that an outbreak of crowd trouble, even if it does come to pass at a non-league which otherwise would have been of no great consequence. The indicents occurred at the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match yesterday afternoon between Atherstone Town and Barrow AFC, and involved around thirty or so Atherstone “supporters” – a phrase which we use advisedly when we consider what the cost of their behaviour is likely to be to the club – got onto the pitch, attacked Barrow supporters and lit flares. It was a dismal afternoon for Atherstone Town, who normally play their trade in the Midland Football Combination – four divisions below Conference North club Barrow – and for whom getting this far in the competition had already been something of an achievement in itself. By the time of the incident, which came about at half-time, the home side was already losing by four goals to nil, which turned out to be the final score of the match as well. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the...

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