jerroll wrote: ↑04 Feb 2024, 21:00Also it would make sense for away supporters to use the blocks nearer the Hive stand rather than legends, keeps more of a distance between them and our fans.John Hunt wrote: ↑04 Feb 2024, 20:55i wonder whether there would have been more trouble of a different sort had they not have equalised.ninestein wrote: ↑04 Feb 2024, 20:10 More presence at pitch-side would be the first suggestion. If it's a fixture with potential to flare up in the away end, simply have more bodies in hi-vis stationed at pitch level. It may look heavy-handed, but it's also a deterrent. We have a low perimeter around the pitch, so it's a vulnerable point if someone is feeling brave to have a go like yesterday. Potential fines for crowd trouble vs the cost of extra bodies around the pitch? Even though it was Wealdstone's fans causing the problems, the negative press surrounding a fixture at our stadium is also harmful. We're trying to grow our fanbase by reaching out to the next generation, not scare them off. Prevention is better than cure. Having said that, if their goal hadn't gone in, this story probably wouldn't have happened.
When all is said and done, people should know the difference between right and wrong. Throwing flares, running onto the pitch in that manner, and causing damage to the facilities under the stand are plainly wrong. No excuses. Prosecute and move on. But could we prepare our resources for the same fixture better? Maybe. Will we have the same fixture next season? Hopefully not...
Obviously The Hive Stand now seats players families, families in general, disabled supporters and reporters.
So why stick them nearer them?