Opposing this shabby “compromise”


It appears that West Yorkshire Police don’t quite get it, do they?

Though perhaps “compromise” has a different meaning among that particular police force. It wasn’t just about the ticket allocation, as dismal as that was. It wasn’t purely the inconvenience of having to travel from Hull, irrespective of where you live. It was the principle of being compelled to travel in a particular way in order to watch a football match.

Perhaps they don’t have principles at West Yorkshire Police. But we do. And Hull City supporters being given a miserable 200 extra tickets and being told we must – repeat, MUST – travel from a different part of the country is every bit as offensive; arguably more so, given that this is laughably being termed a “compromise” after WYP have (quote) “listened carefully to the concerns of fans”.

That is patently not true, for any genuine listening exercise would have established the idiocy of the prior arrangements and seen it reversed in full. Quite how replacing one insult with a slightly different one is progress or evidence of a compromise escapes most people, and it’s disappointing to hear those who should know better lauding as such. The Football Supporters’ Federation supplied over 120 e-mails explaining this to them. But it is clear that in the hopelessly misguided view of West Yorkshire Police, City fans remain (contrary to all available evidence) a risk to public order and a menace when in drink. That view of us is, frankly, a disgrace.

We sympathise with Huddersfield Town and its supporters, who through no fault of their own find themselves with draconian measures that rob the club of vital revenue and deprive its fans of the best possible derby atmosphere.

We are disappointed that Hull City AFC have again been asked to accept these restrictions and the offensive slur upon the Club’s fans the request carries. ‘This is not the ideal solution for the club or its fans’ is Hull City Football Club’s reaction to the revised transport arrangements for the Huddersfield Town v Hull City Championship fixture on 30 March. Amber Nectar, City Independent, the Hull City Official Supporters’ Club and the Hull City Southern Supporters agree whole heartedly with the football club and reject the latest concessions offered by the West Yorkshire Police (WYP). We implore West Yorkshire Police to see sense and drop these travel restrictions, increase the allocation to a full 4,000 and remove the unnecessary Category C+ labelling of this match and make it a category A fixture. And again, we jointly request that the club refuses to accept an allocation of tickets unless these restrictions are lifted – and we recommend that all supporters who share our disapproval of these contemptible measures decline to attend the game. We are fans, not criminals, and we should not put up with this.

12 replies
  1. TigerPhil
    TigerPhil says:

    I’ve said it before and will say it again – WYP – STICK IT UP YOUR ARSE!!!!

    This is a shocking disgrace…. Not a compromise- it is moving the meet up point 35 miles closer – but that is of no use to those who want to go for a meal in Huddersfield before the game. Or if you want to go for a beer in the Town before the game… Or maybe just want to soak in the atmosphere by walking to the game from a location other than the ones FORCED upon you by draconian measures which are completely disproportionate…. If there was a major history between the 2 clubs then I could almost understand it…. But this is just utter SHITE!!!

  2. James
    James says:

    Is it possible that the police have other local intelligence and what they are actually doing is protecting Hull City fans from potential trouble, whilst portraying it as a Hull City problem?

  3. philip
    philip says:

    No James – it IS possible that WYP are trying to save money, unlawfully, and in breach of Article 11 of the human rights act (freedom of movement) – at yours and mine expense.

    I’m boycotting.
    this is more important than football – not going.

  4. Jimmy Weekly
    Jimmy Weekly says:

    No, James, it’s not. It’s about West Yorkshire Police’s on-going dispute with their local clubs concerning money. From our point of view, it’s about freedom of movement and whether the police have the right to restrict this for an entire category of people made up of a cross-section of the general public.

  5. Stephen King
    Stephen King says:

    I will continue asking questions of WYP! Every time they open their mouths they make themselves sound more ridiculous than the previous occasion. There are still many questions that remain unanswered by both Kirklees MC & WYP! The people of Huddersfield & Hull deserve better from WYP….

  6. David
    David says:

    This is not a compromise.
    There is a principle her for all football supporters.
    We must fight this through to the end

  7. alan patterson
    alan patterson says:

    I am Out!

    Without fans you dont have a product.

    lets donate the match fee to a good cause in Hull?

  8. jack
    jack says:

    As a Town fan, the thing that’s disappoints me most is the total silence on this issue from HTAFC. Not only did they agree these measures, secretly behind closed doors with no fans representatives present, but they kept the lid on it for as long as possible. It leaked out eventually and quite rightly there has been uproar. But have HTAFC made ANY comment, shown any support to Town fans faced with maximum pricing levels and loss of match day atmosphere ? No. Sadly, that is ‘normal’ for HTAFC who treat the fans with disdain.

    HTAFC don’t want fans involved in decision making, they just want their money. The safety meetings are held in secret, the outcomes are are then forced upon the fans. HTAFC don’t want fans reps on the Board, they don’t want fans standing up, complaining about prices and the rubbish food and drink at the stadium.

    I know this is a bit off topic, but the Hull City fans have been caught up now in what . sadly. is a football club that is more like the mafia, with secret meetings, no effective communication and no desire to engage Town fans in any issues of importance. Many Town fans now feel alienated by the club. If the board at HTAFC had any bottle at all, or any feeling for fans opinions, they would had stood up to WY Police on OUR behalf…the fact they didn’t says it all for me.. I won’t be at the match either…

  9. Ann Guy
    Ann Guy says:

    I am female, 62yrs old, fan of 50 yrs, from Hull but now living in Selby. I’ve travelled all over to support City and when I got off a coach once outside Elland Rd, whils’t the police held back the Leeds fans to clear a way for us Tigers, one Leeds fan shouted, “What the hell’s she gonna do?…”EXACTLY!!

    Well, I’ll tell you, I’m not off to Huddersfield on principle. I’m angry and so sad for Football fans everywhere because this will set a precedent, other forces and clubs are watching… be aware.

    Annie G.

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