Bolton Wanderers fans warned to behave on trains

The Macron Stadium

Asst Chf Cons Stephen Thomas is warning fans

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news editor

BOLTON Wanderers fans are being warned to behave on trains when travelling to and from the Macron Stadium.

British Transport Police (BTP) will crackdown on bad behaviour on the railways on matchdays, including those travelling to the Whites’ ground via Horwich Parkway.

Officers say more football fans than ever before are now using trains to get to matches — but that they are doing everything possible to keep people safe.

Asst Chf Cons Stephen Thomas, who oversees all BTP’s football-related activities, said: “Football remains a significant challenge for us, simply because of the sheer numbers of people travelling in relatively similar time periods.”

“We are, however, well used to dealing with large numbers of passengers and, thanks to many years experience, have tried and tested plans to ensure all passengers can get to their destination — and home again — as safely as possible.”

Police will be specifically targeting racist and anti-social behaviour as fans travel to football grounds.

Asst Chf Cons Thomas said: “The vast majority of travelling fans cause no problems at all. Sadly, however, some supporters do go too far, overstepping the mark by becoming offensive and even violent.

“This season, we are making renewed efforts working with the rail industry to identify the small number of disorderly and racist individuals who give clubs and football generally a bad name.

“If they are very drunk, they will find themselves refused travel; if they are disorderly, they will be removed from trains; if they are anti-social and commit crime, they will be arrested and we will seek banning orders against them.”

Officers will be working closely with football clubs and rail bosses to ensure that there is as little trouble as possible.

Police can also apply for banning orders for fans who cause trouble.

Asst Chf Cons Thomas said: “If these orders are granted, the fan may miss not only a game or two, but possibly all games for a minimum of three years and, if subject of a custodial sentence, up to 10 years.

“The season ahead promises to be an exciting one on the field. By working together, BTP, football fans, the clubs and the rail companies can make sure rail travel in 2014/15 is in a league of its own.”

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12:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

azzh1984 says...

It is not always bolton fans what cause the trouble its when they mix away fans on the same trains as home fans it is a recipe for disater an example bury fans were on the same train as bolton fans on tuesday a 23yr old bury fan attacked a 13yr old bolton fan because he was drunk we was stuck at lostock train station for 20mins waiting for the police but they didn't show up so we went on to horwich still nothing happened so stop giving us bolton fans bad names tell the train services to do seperate trains for home and away fans
It is not always bolton fans what cause the trouble its when they mix away fans on the same trains as home fans it is a recipe for disater an example bury fans were on the same train as bolton fans on tuesday a 23yr old bury fan attacked a 13yr old bolton fan because he was drunk we was stuck at lostock train station for 20mins waiting for the police but they didn't show up so we went on to horwich still nothing happened so stop giving us bolton fans bad names tell the train services to do seperate trains for home and away fans azzh1984
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12:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

nigella farrage says...

Not enough train units to od that and its going to get worse - unlike in teh South East who get provisions left and right and centre when it comes to the rail network!!!!
Not enough train units to od that and its going to get worse - unlike in teh South East who get provisions left and right and centre when it comes to the rail network!!!! nigella farrage
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5:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

bwfc2003 says...

azzh1984 wrote:
It is not always bolton fans what cause the trouble its when they mix away fans on the same trains as home fans it is a recipe for disater an example bury fans were on the same train as bolton fans on tuesday a 23yr old bury fan attacked a 13yr old bolton fan because he was drunk we was stuck at lostock train station for 20mins waiting for the police but they didn't show up so we went on to horwich still nothing happened so stop giving us bolton fans bad names tell the train services to do seperate trains for home and away fans
I thought there were no trains on tuesday from bolton to horwich?
[quote][p][bold]azzh1984[/bold] wrote: It is not always bolton fans what cause the trouble its when they mix away fans on the same trains as home fans it is a recipe for disater an example bury fans were on the same train as bolton fans on tuesday a 23yr old bury fan attacked a 13yr old bolton fan because he was drunk we was stuck at lostock train station for 20mins waiting for the police but they didn't show up so we went on to horwich still nothing happened so stop giving us bolton fans bad names tell the train services to do seperate trains for home and away fans[/p][/quote]I thought there were no trains on tuesday from bolton to horwich? bwfc2003
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