Government Report – Potteries derby violence results in soaring Football League Trophy arrest rate

A Home Office government report says that the Football League Trophy had the highest arrest rate of any domestic competition last season.

According to the report, last season’s Football League Trophy competition saw 22.6 arrests per thousand fans. Of the seventy fans who were arrested during Trophy games during last season, 62 of those arrested were Stoke City supporters.

The football-related arrest rate in the 2018/19 season was 3.3 arrests per 100,000 attendees. Of all competitions with 30 arrests or more, the Football League Trophy had the highest arrest rate of 22.6 per 100,000 attendees (Stoke City had 62 of the 70 arrests in this competition); whilst European club competitions had the lowest arrest rate of 1.9 arrests per 100,000 attendees.

Home Office Football-related arrests and banning order statistics report

Last season’s infamous Football League Trophy clash prompted national media coverage after away supporters damaged the Hamil Road stand and vandalism inside and outside of the Vale Park stadium. A number of Port Vale fans were also arrested for their part in the disorder.

However, overall there is an encouraging trend with figures showing that football banning orders have decreased season-by-season from 2010 onwards.

Both Potteries clubs sadly had the most number of new banning orders last season – no doubt due at least in part to the Potteries derby, while Stoke City had the most arrests (80) of any club last season.

In the 2018/19 season, Stoke City (46) and Port Vale (31) supporters were issued the highest number of new football banning orders…

Home Office Football-related arrests and banning order statistics report

You can read the full report here

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