The Mariners Trust and GTFC would like to update our supporters with regard to the incidents at Stevenage on the 19th August 2017.
To date, neither organisation has received any formal response to any of the issues raised in our letters of concern surrounding supporter complaints, other than an acknowledgement of receiving the complaint.
This does not mean that the incident is forgotten, we are simply allowing the footballing authorities together with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) to continue their dialogue with Stevenage. The FSF and the EFL have been notified of our concerns and are following this up on behalf of the Mariners Trust, GTFC and our supporters. Hopefully we will receive a response with regards to our complaints soon.
Incidentally, we would like to add that increased searching is becoming the norm, especially due to the current threat of terrorism. As a result we would advise supporters to arrive in plenty of time for all fixtures (Home & Away). Searching should and must follow current legal guidelines. Intimate searching is only permitted if there is a justifiable reason and must be completed by Police Officers in privacy and not at the turnstiles. This is followed at Blundell Park with our staff informed of the rules on a regular basis.
Whilst we also appreciate that supporters want to create atmosphere and neither organisation wants to stop that, SMOKE BOMBS do not generate atmosphere. They do cause panic and alarm for those not involved with the discharge, can cause a fire and most importantly are extremely dangerous to anyone suffering with a respiratory condition. Therefore, it’s with respect that we ask all supporters to refrain from taking them into stadiums. They are illegal and will result in a court ban if you are caught with the device. Flares can actually carry a prison sentence, as they have been defined under the Fire Arms Act 1968 during previous recent court cases.
Support from our supporters is fantastic both home and away and we look forward to that continuing. Let’s get behind the players positively and support their charge up the league.