Police called to Tigers’ game

Worksop Town FC v FC United of Manchester.  Police presence at the game.
Worksop Town FC v FC United of Manchester. Police presence at the game.

Police officers were called to Worksop Town FC’s match on Saturday over fears that disorder could break out between fans.

Notts Police said officers were alered to the potential for tension between home and away side supporters when some fans arrived after drinking alcohol.

A crowd of just over 800 attended Saturday’s match between Tigers and FC United of Manchester.

Notts Police said officers created segregation between the two sets of fans. They remained at the game for the duration of the match, before they escorted fans away from the Sandy Lane ground.

A Notts Police spokesman said: “One notice to leave was issued but no arrests were made.”

“Notts Police are in liaison with the football club to review the event and to assess security and safety at future events. “

Tigers secretary Keith Illet said they had notified police of potential trouble before game because of the size of the crowd expected.

“When we get a crowd of more than 500 it can potentially be a problem because an element of people come from Worksop that usually don’t come to the games,” he said.

“We brought it to the attention of police. Something had been written on Facebook saying that some people were coming to the match to cause trouble.”

Mr Illet said the club’s safety officer called police after a group of Tigers fans, who had been drinking, arrived and stood with the away supporters. Police arrived within minutes, spoke to some fans and the game passed off without incident.

Mr Illet said: “It worked well (with the police) this time. We aready had extra stewards of our own there and had notified police. We saw that there was a problem and our safety officer came to me and we notified police, who came immediately. It came off perfectly and it was a great result for us on the pitch.”

Mr Illet added that Tigers would ask for a police presence with crowds of more than 1,000 people.