OUR subject is arrangements for the Leeds match.
On January 28, the club issued a statement defining an ‘exit strategy’ for the Leeds game on February 27.
In essence, this gives precedence to away fans by advising home fans wishing to exit via St Andrew’s Road to wait in their seats for up to 30 minutes.
Town fans who regularly travel away are not unfamiliar with regulations at other grounds where the away fans are held back until home fans have gone.
Such regulations are obviously intended to avoid any crowd trouble and Town’s strategy is no exception. Indeed, concerns were expressed after the equivalent match last season when rival fans were in close proximity as they made their way home.
But should such a plan inconvenience the majority for the sake of a minority? Many Town fans questioned the announcement and so the Supporters Association, through its agreed channel – and in a spirit of co-operation – asked the club about the decision: who made it and how was it justified?
To date a reply is still awaited but we hope to report further next week.
In the meantime, this is a last reminder for Town fans in the Heavy Woollen area that the guest at tonight’s meeting is the Town manager, Lee Clark. As usual, the venue is Barclays Club and the start time is 8pm.
Looking at next week and beyond, Town fans take to the road again – Carlisle on Tuesday and Hartlepool the following Saturday (February 20).
The Supporters Association coach to Carlisle will leave the stadium at 4pm with fares of £15 and £13 (junior concessions). Ring 07926 165863 to book your seat or call into the cabin this Saturday.