Humberside Police And Grimsby Town FC Release Statement On Saturdays Game.
Grimsby: Let’s make Saturday’s match one to remember for all the right reasons
“Let’s make this a game to remember for all the right reasons.”
That’s the message from Superintendent David Hall, as Grimsby Town prepare to welcome Notts County to Blundell Park on Saturday.
Our officers and club officials from both teams are working together in the build up to the game to ensure that all the action remains where it belongs – on the pitch.
Supt Hall said: “We’re also working with local businesses to make sure this is a safe and enjoyable day out for fans from both sides.
“It should be a fantastic atmosphere and the opportunity for a great family day out – and we’re all working together to make sure that’s the way it stays.
“We will have additional officers on duty in and outside the ground as a precaution and you’ll also see our teams out in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
“Hopefully we’ll spend the day helping to make sure it all runs smoothly and everyone has fun. The vast majority of Mariners and Magpies fans just want to show their support for their team and enjoy themselves.
“However, if anyone does cross the line, we won’t hesitate to take action.”
Two men were arrested in connection with the disorder and pitch invasion during Grimsby Town’s clash with Port Vale.
Both are banned from attending the game or being in either Grimsby or Cleethorpes town centre on match days.
Following his arrest, Paul Cross, 48, of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, has been charged with invading the pitch and will appear before Grimsby Magistrates on June 19.
A 27-year-old Cleethorpes man has been released under investigation in relation to allegations he was involved in the pitch invasion, as well as being linked to disorder following Grimsby’s away game at Notts County and in the stands at Chesterfield.
Supt Hall said: “We also have further suspects and, if they are found to have been involved, they will be dealt with very seriously.
“Don’t end up with your name added to the list. Just get behind your team and enjoy the day.”
A spokesman for Grimsby Town Football Club said: “Obviously this is a massive fixture and our final home game for this season.
“With that in mind, we are respectfully asking supporters to remain in the stands at full time. “Grimsby Town players will do a lap of the pitch to thank supporters for their loyal support and therefore it is imperative that the ground regulations are observed.
“Please help us to pack the park and back the lads – especially as Notts County will have a full stand for this fixture.
“Recent results show that your support really does help inspire the players.”
Hopefully the mariners win and secure their status in league 2 UTM!