In relation to the Mariners Trust letter and complaints over stewarding at the Stevenage v Grimsby game on Saturday 19th August 2017.
The following press release has been issued by the Safety Officer of Stevenage FC.
The stewarding plan for Saturday’s match was not typical of those usually delivered at Stevenage Football Club.
All stewarding plans are bespoke for each match and are based on a combination of past experience, supporter behaviour and police intelligence.
The risk assessment going into Saturday’s game indicated high risk groups attending and the potential for anti-social and un-cooperative behaviour.
After liaising with Grimsby Town’s safety officer, the police and others, it was indicated that prohibited items were likely to try to be brought into the grounds and could be passed onto those deemed less likely to be searched, such as women and younger supporters.
This resulted in a joint club and police decision to implement a full, 100% compliant, searching regime as part of the condition of entry.
Grimsby Town’s Supporter Liason Officer was made fully aware of the nature of the search regime prior to the game, to ensure all attending were aware and could allow sufficient time to access the stadium.
Stewards used for this role in the away section of the stadium were provided by a reputable agency and are qualified to act as such. Searches conducted are recorded on CCTV and on this occasion, were in the presence of deployed police officers.
No incidents were recorded on the day of any inappropriate behaviour towards female supporters or young spectators. Had such incidents been either reported or flagged up, the issues would have been dealt with immediately.
The club takes these allegations seriously and will both study the CCTV footage and speak to the relevant parties to ensure that no infringements of accepted procedures took place.
Stevenage FC is a family orientated club that has an excellent track-record in being so. A key part of that is the friendly, helpful and positive nature of our stewarding and those who deliver it.