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Club Statement on Saturday's Number 9 Derby

By Steven Coney

With the Number 9 Derby coming up on Saturday, we would like to remind supporters that any anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Following the incidents in the two matches earlier this season at the War Memorial Ground, extra security steps have been put in place to ensure both sets of fans enjoy the game without any issue.

Extra stewards will be drafted in for the game at The Grove with random searches being conducted on entry. We would, therefore, advise fans to give themselves extra time to enter the ground on Saturday.

Anybody trying to enter the ground who is found in possession of pyrotechnics, bottles or any other objects that could possibly cause injury or disruption will have those items confiscated. They may also be refused entry to the game and could receive a ban from future matches.

West Midlands Police will be in attendance with video recording of the crowd taking place to identify anybody causing distress to supporters.

Football is a passionate game, and we would encourage our supporters to show that passion in the right way. Make a noise, get behind the team and show your support.

However, whilst we all understand that things can happen in the heat of the moment, we will not tolerate spectators stepping beyond the line of reasonable behaviour, particularly in the direction of opposition supporters.

The Number 9 Derby is one of the most well-supported games in Non-League football and both ourselves and Halesowen Town are focusing on making it an enjoyable game for all.

We hope you enjoy the game and would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Updated 19:08 - 31 Mar 2018 by Nigel Gregg

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