After the Mariners sealed their first 3 points of the season at home to Crewe Alexandra at the weekend we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Conor Grant who was stretchered off early in the first half before being discharged from hospital later that day.
Attention now turns to our next game, the short journey to Mansfield, which will be the first away game since the issues that we encountered at Stevenage. To confirm, the Trust are still working together with others and will update where we can in the coming weeks ahead.
With this in mind, Club SLO, Kristine Green has spoken to Mansfield and both Humberside and Nottinghamshire Police. She has the following information:
“After recent issues at both Chesterfield and Stevenage I want to make sure that the large crowd we take will all return home safely and satisfied, not only with what will hopefully be a good performance from the team, but a successful day in terms of policing and stewarding too. To help with this, I have been in contact with police who advised of the following points:
- It hopeful that tickets sell out before the day itself but if not, no tickets will be on sale on the day. This is standard practice for all teams that visit Mansfield.
- Fans are asked to think about whether a bag is necessary and if it is this will be searched. This is now pretty much standard across many areas where crowds are expected and not just because we are Grimsby Town.
- There will be pyro dogs around turnstiles, this is after a pyro was set off on the concourse before the Chesterfield game. I can’t stress enough that just being in possession of a pyro never mind setting it off is dealt with severely. Both Amanda Jacks (Caseworker for FSF) and Alison Gurden (Barrister that represents football fans) confirm that it’s just not worth the risk of a fine, ban and possible jail sentence and that applies just as much if you’re under 18.
- Due to these searches, we are asked to arrive in plenty of time so that kick off is not missed. The away end is close to the station and sells alcohol, as well as other hot and cold refreshments.
- As expected extra police will be on duty, but I am sure that they will be respectful – as will fans towards them.
I will be outside the ground for a time before the game if anybody has any issues but I’m hopeful that there will be no problems.”
Superintendent David Hall would like to add:
“Humberside Police are working close with Nottinghamshire Police and supporting the Policing operation. Local Officers from Humberside Police will be attending the fixture to provide support and assistance to travelling fans “
For this game Grimsby Town will have local, national and even international eyes on us if the widespread reporting of our original open letter in relation to Stevenage is anything to go by. We show, as we always do, that some people’s perceptions of us aren’t correct.
Be loud, be proud, lets show the world what following Grimsby Town over land and see is all about!
Safe journey and up the Mariners!