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Police issue advice to Blues ahead of Old Trafford visit

03/10/2014  Comments (15)  jump

Everton Football Club are working with Greater Manchester Police to issue key safety and security advice to travelling Blues ahead of this weekend's fixture at Old Trafford.

Following on from last season's fixture at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester Police have been working with safety and security teams at both Manchester United and Everton as well as meeting with fan representatives from both clubs, to ensure that Sunday's game will take place in a safe and enjoyable environment.

As a result the following measures will be put in place on Sunday 5 October:

Alcohol is not permitted on the street in Manchester city centre or Trafford and this will be enforced around the stadium for home and away fans.

There are no pubs around Old Trafford which cater for visiting supporters.

Everton fans will be able to purchase a drink in the ground – a maximum of two alcoholic drinks per visit to the bar per person. Turnstiles open at 10am.

All drinks (including soft drinks) will be decanted and these arrangements are the same for home fans situated near to the segregation line.

As is our policy at Goodison Park, supporters found using pyrotechnics inside or outside of the stadium will be the subject of action by the Club and the police. Such is the determination of the authorities to eradicate the use of pyrotechnics from football, any supporter found to be using them could be liable to a criminal conviction and, in certain cases, imprisonment.

As a Club, Everton will impose an indefinite ban on any supporter who violates the strict no-pyrotechnics policy.


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Danny Kewley
1 Posted 03/10/2014 at 02:27:03
Lads and Lasses – don’t have a bevvie till you come home and celebrate a 3-1 victory for the Blues!!!!!!!
Ralph Basnett
2 Posted 03/10/2014 at 07:45:37
All of these precautions seem to point at Everton supporters being the instigators of trouble between these two clubs!

I know we have some less than savoury supporters but have been to Man Utd on numerous occasions and they donÂ’t seem to make themselves welcome, let alone away supporters. Maybe they and the police should be looking a little closer to home.

Just a thought like....

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 03/10/2014 at 08:08:06
You know what the kids are like, them pyros will be getting binned after watching Gala, at Arsenal the other night!
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 03/10/2014 at 08:05:02
Not sure it will be a very enjoyable game, more like a very long afternoon.

I can't see us getting much joy regardless of United's injury crisis and suspension of Rooney.

United may have lots of injuries at the back but our attacking play has virtually dried up in recent matches so I can't see how we are going to hurt them all that much, at the same time how do we keep out the likes of Di Maria, Van Persie, Falcao?

Despite us having recorded just one win so far, I'll find myself again beforehand saying a point may be acceptable... definitely a sign of lowered expectations.

Lee Gorre
5 Posted 03/10/2014 at 11:53:34
That would all have read better if it had included something about treating supporters like human beings. My advice would be better get to the ground early to allow for the unnecessarily long and aggressive searching, dog sniffing, herding, etc. Don't take an apple as that is confiscated as a potentially dangerous weapon. The Manchester police and stewards have to be the worst of all those humourless zombies we encounter at the away games.
Harold Matthews
6 Posted 03/10/2014 at 11:39:12
Martinez has often mentioned the pressure of increased expectation, Jim, so lowering it will be doing him a favour. Apart from Lukaku who was already with us, we've spent very little money on new faces and have had to cope with the loss of key players in key positions, Barkley, Coleman and now Mirallas, whilst shuffling the pack for the extra fixtures. Little wonder we've been in survival mode of late. It can't have been easy.
Karl Masters
7 Posted 03/10/2014 at 21:23:56
Why don't we just give them a three-nil victory and not bother with it on Sunday, eh, Jim. You could spend your afternoon worrying whether your lawn is the right shade of green for October. Miserable sod.
Harold Matthews
8 Posted 04/10/2014 at 00:34:28
Yes Karl. All his posts are like a car going at top speed on the wrong side of the road.
Colin Gee
9 Posted 04/10/2014 at 01:45:44
Lee (#5),

If you think The Greater Manchester Police and Stewards are bad, I take it you've never been to Newcastle away?

Anthony Flack
10 Posted 04/10/2014 at 18:03:10
Colin, it is hard to beat the twats at Villa Park... horrible – in particular the police....
Lee Gorre
11 Posted 04/10/2014 at 19:54:05
Yes Colin, done Newcastle many times and agree they're up there with the others. It's the way they suck you in at Man City though that makes it worse, people greet you quite pleasantly on the approach in and are helpful but then when you try to reach the dreaded entrance, it all turns ugly.

And Villa, Anthony, they're a nightmare too, the stewards just stare at you throughout the game. My favourite away for treatment is of all places West Ham – no searches, no intimidation and no messing around after the game.

Rob Halligan
12 Posted 04/10/2014 at 19:59:35
The stewards at Man Utd are the worst by far. It's almost as if they come looking for trouble because we come from Liverpool. I've had a couple of run ins with their stewards in the past few years but, because I know people responsible for these stewards, it has passed over.
Peter Bell
13 Posted 04/10/2014 at 21:26:45
A friend of mine went to OT a couple of years ago with his 10-year-old son wearing an Everton top in the main stand. A steward recommended he take it off if he did not want any trouble, my friend told him to fuck off and expected him to deal with any trouble started.
Brian Waring
14 Posted 05/10/2014 at 11:18:46
"I can't see us getting much joy regardless of United's injury crisis" Here's a thought Jim, why not say "I can't see us getting much joy because of our injury crisis"

No Coleman, Barkley, McCarthy, Mirallas and Distin.

Brian Wilkinson
15 Posted 06/10/2014 at 10:44:50
Makes you laugh all the safety issue crap, year after year we have Man Utd fans stood up in the Upper Bullens throughout the game, same old tannoy announcement, can supporters please sit in the Upper Bullens but nothing done.

Kenwrights too tight-fisted to say enough's enough, we are only issueing tickets for Lower Bullens to away supporters of Man Utd. Talk about taking the piss, it's the arragance of their supporters, up yours Everton, were Man Utd and do what we want.

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