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Trust Statement on Rovers Coach Travel Policy

Clarets fans will be aware of the enforced travel arrangements by coach for those going to the Blackburn game at Ewood Park on Sunday 18th October. ClaretsTrust have made an official statement on the situation and we provide below their Press Release from Trust Chairman, Peter Pike

The Clarets Trust wishes to make it clear that it has many doubts and reservations about the arrangements made for the Blackburn match on Sunday 18th October. Whilst we have been involved in some discussions with the Club on this and our points have not been ignored we were not involved until all the main decisions had been made.

We do not know what intelligence or information the Police have in relation to this match but it is clear that Burnley FC were faced by a strong policy format already, in the main, determined by the Police. The Trust agrees with the Police and the Club that the number one priority is to ensure the maximum safety of all those attending the game and indeed of all the residents in both Burnley and Blackburn.

We would make it absolutely clear that we believe that the number of so called fans on either side that are prepared to act in an unacceptable way is minimal but we accept that regrettably there is such a minority in both cases. These people are not fans and may still commit unacceptable actions even if they are not now able to go to the game. The Courts should always deal with these offenders in a strong and appropriate way.

We do ask what precedents there are with other derby games where there are strong local rivalries? There are many crazy instances now where fans have to pass Blackburn to get the transport to Blackburn ,some from Blackburn itself who happen to support the Clarets.

To assemble nearly 3,000 fans so early and get them to the ground so long before the kick off really is very questionable and is not a factor that will lessen pressures and problems.

Is it not unreasonable that on future occasions the Police should not only involve the Clubs, but bodies like the Clarets Trust and other well respected Supporters Clubs before finalizing details? These arrangements are seen by many as draconian and an infringement on civil liberties.

That said we hope the day will pass off peacefully and the fears of the Police proved to be unjustified. We want a good game played in the spirit of football and whilst we want a win for the Clarets we do not want it to be a day that encourages anyone who calls themselves a true claret fan to act in way that damages the name of Burnley Football Club and Burnley

Peter Pike

Chair -Clarets Trust

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 13 2009

Time: 4:02PM

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Hopefully the fans might be consulted next time via Trust/SCs
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13/10/2009 16:47:00

It's easy for me to say, miles away, and I completely acknowledge that fact, even though my hopes got completely dashed by the Lancs Police apparently pre-emptive decision. On whatever facts have actually been made available to him, Peter Pike has made a statment that makes me feel, even if I don't agree with all of it, that it's great to have a place like this Vital Burnley site, and the Clarets Trust, where we can show our strength, and show it in ways that leave us top of the Premiership Public Fair Play League (or whatever it's called) this time next week.
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13/10/2009 20:29:00

has anyone told you lot it's no longer 1980?
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13/10/2009 20:33:00

Fans were not consulted in 1980, not quite sure what Merlins angle is? Does merlin agree with the timings and coaches or disagree? Is this the way forward to stop the Millwall WHU scenes? I somehow doubt it.
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14/10/2009 08:11:00

I agree that it would be helpful if Merlin could explain his point a bit more.
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14/10/2009 11:31:00

I kind of agree that for safety reasons as we did in 05 is go en mass in coaches, that I have no problem with. What I can't get my head around is the early set off time, as those of us who have tickets, have had to have 2000 points therefore I seriously doubt anyone of us has caused any trouble at a match,as if we had we would be banned from Turf Moor and therefore have no Season Ticket and would not have 2000 points. Something i heard last night annoyed me further as apparently we are to be parked up on the hard shoulder of the motorway and then taken a few coaches at a time to Deadwood.
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