Violence in non-league football

Its something that has been coming back into football recently especially in Non-league football and that is the violence and acts of vandalism.

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup


Over the last week in the FA Cup fixtures there have been 2 big act of violence. Both uncalled for a both unneeded for and these have ruined the face of non-league football.

On Saturday Atherstone Town fc welcome Barrow to The Snake Pit. The game, which was won the visiting Bluebirds 4-0. With some dreadful scenes- which can be read about here.

But the nuts and bolts of it all was ‘home fans’ entered the pitch at half time and proceeded across to the away end to fight with the travelling Barrow fans.

Punches were thrown and reports of a flare being launched into the Barrow support have made national media. But the worst of it all was one elderly supporter was left injured and blood pouring from his body, which makes it all even worse for everyone.

It wasn’t just the fans that was attacked the people who attacked the fans also took down one of the Barrow flags and burnt it.

In the local media Atherstone’s chairman, Rob Weale, said: “I am personally embarrassed about the scenes here at half-time. It was unacceptable.
“Obviously, we will be pursuing the perpetrators. We will work alongside the security officers, the referees and the police and those people responsible will feel the full force of the law.
“The situation was defused as quickly as possible, the police came in to take control but once it has happened it has happened and I apologies to the Barrow fans.”

Its is unknown what is going to happen to the fans who invaded the pitch and started fighting with the Barrow fans but as Weale said in his statement they will feel the force of the law and many will be hoping it is stadium bans and/or prison sentencing.

The next key incident came on Tuesday night as Hednesford made it past West Auckland Town in a replay 4-2 on penalties.
In the first game the Auckland fans were accused of over the top celebrating. But as the Hednesford supporter’s bus made its way of the ground on Tuesday night the bus was attacked.

It is never nice to see the bus getting attacked at the end of the day all its job is really is to transport fans to and from the game in what is hoped to be a safe manor.
Personally I think both of these acts are cowardly and mindless people who are hell bent on causing trouble and ruining it for other football fans.

Below you can read some tweet, which people have said about the incidents.

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