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East Lancashire football fans among the best behaved
FOOTBALL fans from East Lancashire were among the best behaved in the country last year, figures show.
Blackburn, Burnley and Accrington Stanley banned just two fans between them between November 2011 and November 2012, new Home Office figures show.
Football banning orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches.
The worst offenders in the Championship were Middlesbrough, who banned 19, and Leeds, who banned 17.
Both Rovers and the Clarets banned just one fan each over the period, the lowest in the league along with Blackpool, Bolton, Ipswich and Watford.
Stanley did not ban anybody but League Two games are not policed as regularly as games in the higher leagues.
Stanley fan and Lancashire Telegraph columnist Steve Lowe said a mixture of self-policing crowds and good stewards were responsible for the good atmosphere at Crown Ground.
He said: “Fans are not criminals, they don’t need police to watch over them. Our stewards do their best to make sure people enjoy the game and that’s what they’re there for. With Stanley, if anybody gets a bit boisterous, the crowd tends to make sure they calm down.
“The stewards have been there for a while, they know us and we know them.
“We went to Middlesbrough and the stewards were unbelievably friendly, but when we went to Leeds it’s as if they wanted people to be arrested.”
Rovers have now banned a total of 22 fans, Burnley 34 and Accrington Stanley two since banning orders came into force.
Manchester United have banned 98 while Chelsea have banned 112. Newly promoted Cardiff City top the league of shame with 135 bans – figures it blamed on a ‘one-off’ incident against Chelsea in 2010.
A spokesman for Rovers Trust said: “Fans have had to put up with a lot over the last three years so anything that says they are well behaved has to be applauded.
“The stewards are very good and that makes a difference. Having a good rapport is very important.”
Away travel officer for Burnley Football Supporters Club, Joyce Haluk said: “I don’t have any trouble on the coaches. Burnley fans are well behaved. Like anywhere there’s trouble here and there with the odd one or two that spoil it for everybody.”
OVERALL BANNING ORDERS
- Cardiff City 135
- Chelsea 112
- Manchester United 98
- Leeds United 91
- West Ham United 78
- Birmingham City 77
- Arsenal 73
- Newcastle United 67
- Middlesbrough 65
- Swansea City 64
- Sheffield Wednesday 63
- Grimsby Town 62
- Southampton 60
- Tottenham Hotspur 59
- Bradford City 57
- MK Dons 0
- Burton Albion 0
- Morecambe 1
- Stevenage 1
- Yeovil Town 1
- Wycombe Wanderers 2
- Gillingham 2
- Cheltenham Town 2
- Accrington Stanley 2
- AFC Wimbledon 2
- Blackburn 22
- Burnley 34
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