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Police urge Spireites and Grimsby fans: "do your club proud" ahead of FA cup tie

Supporters of Chesterfield FC and Grimsby Town FC are being urged to do their clubs proud during this weekend’s FA Cup clash.

Tickets for the second round tie have been snapped up by travelling fans and, with a big crowd expected; Derbyshire police are getting ready to welcome fans to Chesterfield.

Superintendent Tracy Harrison, who is leading the policing operation for Sunday’s match, said: “This game is lining up to be a cracker and we want everyone there to enjoy the day, cheer on their team and get home safe.

“Unfortunately in past years this fixture has seen disorder and, while we are planning for a day with loud and proud fans from both sides, people should be aware we have a robust plan in place to deal with any trouble.

“Mounted officers will be deployed on the day - supported by specialist dog units for both crowd control and to sniff out drugs and pyrotechnics.

“To the majority of fans who are hoping for a good day and to come away with a win – I say good luck and get behind your team.

“To the minority who come with the intent to cause trouble - be aware that my officers will use any and all tactics to ensure you do not spoil the day.”

With kick-off taking place at 2pm fans are being urged to make sure they eat, and drink, before making their way to Chesterfield.

Superintendent Harrison said: “While there are a number pubs and restaurants in the town centre, space is limited given the numbers of fans expected to travel on Sunday.

“Therefore I would ask that you make plans to eat, and drink, prior to travelling.

“Drinks kiosks are available at the stadium; however, the sale of alcohol in the stadium is a privilege and not a right. If behaviour is poor the sale of alcohol could be restricted.

“Also, should disorder occur within the stadium, CCTV and body worn cameras are in use and – even if you aren’t arrested there and then – officers will review incidents and bring those responsible to justice.”

Following the game fans and members of the public should be aware that there could be delays in returning to their vehicles - as well as traffic delays across the town as crowds leave the Proact Stadium.

Superintendent Harrison, said: “As fans leave the stadium a one-way system will be in place to manage crowd numbers.

“Officers will explain to fans the best route depending on their destination and illuminated boards will be in place offering directions for those travelling by train.

“During the day the latest information regarding the match will be posted on the main Derbyshire police Twitter account @DerbysPolice.

“Once again, I would like to welcome every fan to our county and we are all excited for a great game of football. Be loud, be proud but also please be a credit to your club.”

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