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Policing for Everton

4 February 2013

Same arrangements as for Liverpool cup game

Oldham Athletic can confirm that following the conclusion of discussions with Greater Manchester Police arrangements for the FA Cup with Budweiser, fifth-round tie against Everton have now been completed and the club will retain the small section of the Rochdale Road Stand for its fans.


It is important, however, to remind our fans that the throwing of objects and general public disorder will not be tolerated. The safety of fans is paramount and the good name of the club must be maintained."

"In particular, our relationship with the police continues to be excellent and they do everything in their power to accommodate us. I thank them for their assistance yet again."

Club Director Barry Owen said:  "We have liaised with all the agencies responsible for safety and public order to secure the arrangements that we feel are best for the club.


Chief Superintendent Catherine Hankinson, who will be match commander for the Everton game on Saturday, February 16th, said: “We understand this fixture will be a big day not just for Oldham Athletic, but for the whole of the Oldham area.


“In the first instance, it is the responsibility of Oldham Athletic to ensure that these memorable FA Cup matches remain safe, and it is our responsibility to support the club with this and ensure crime and disorder are minimised.


“To that end, we discussed a variety of options to avoid a repeat of the unsavoury incidents at the Rochdale Road Stand for the Everton match.


“Allocating the entire Rochdale Road end to away fans was one of a number of options that were being discussed with the club and the Football Association.


“After detailed discussions with the club it has been jointly agreed that the same seating arrangements in the Rochdale Road Stand  will be made as they were for the Liverpool game, but with more stewards and extra police officers on hand.


“We hope this will appease Oldham fans and we, together with the club, will work hard to ensure this is a safe but enjoyable match, but we now need all fans to also play their part.”


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