Following a comprehensive review of the crowd disturbance at our recent home game with Port Vale, the Football Club has conducted a thorough internal investigation in partnership with the relevant local stakeholders that also entailed discussions with The Mariners Trust.
A number of the Football Club’s own employees and innocent by-standers were injured separating alcohol-fuelled scenes that have absolutely no place at Blundell Park or any football ground.
Following a robust consultation between the Club, the Local Authority, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service, a number precautionary procedures have been agreed to prevent such occurrences happening again:
- All public bars will not open during the second half of any fixture.
- For any fixture requiring a police presence, the Trust Bars will only be open before the game and at half-time and will not open until the half-time whistle. Supporters will be afforded time to finish drinks but no further drinks can be purchased whilst the match is in play. This will apply for the Chesterfield and Nott’s County fixtures this season.
- Plastic / polycarbonate glasses are to be introduced for all bars run by the Mariners Trust.
- Access to the Mariners Trust Bar in the Young’s Stand has changed for supporters sitting in the Young’s Lower Stand.
- Stewards will not open the access gate for this bar until the half-time whistle and will be in place to direct supporters as the side entrance door has now been removed.
- At full-time, supporters in the Young’s Lower Stand will be kindly asked to exit the stadium via Imperial Corner as the Constitutional Avenue exits will be closed, unless we have an emergency situation.
The above has been agreed in collaboration with the aforementioned relevant local stakeholders for implementation with immediate effect.
We are disappointed that the actions of a small number of Port Vale, Grimsby Town and other Football Club’s supporters have inconvenienced many of our honest, well-behaved and law-abiding supporters.
However, the safety of our fans and the family atmosphere of Blundell Park is tantamount to the Football Club and we cannot allow scenes like those that occurred to take place again. The club takes a zero tolerance approach to violence and we are committed to working with the relevant local stakeholders in question to ensure Blundell Park is a safe place for all to watch football.
Grimsby Town FC will continue to work alongside Humberside Police to identify and ban any individuals involved in the unsightly disturbance as a pre-cursor to ongoing criminal prosecution.
Stewards will be on stand-by to inform supporters of the new measures and we thank supporters for their cooperation at Friday’s game with Stevenage.