According to Home Office figures released today, Newcastle fans have been found to have the most football banning orders in the country for the third year running – with 111 bans in place against supporters at present being almost double that of any other Premier League side (West Ham – 57).
An unwanted record for the club and our magnificent fan support, however we have since released a statement which helps explain why NUFC are still top of the table.
A spokesman from Newcastle United said:
“The vast majority of these banning orders are the legacy of the city centre disorder that followed the Newcastle United v Sunderland derby match in 2013.
“Most of those convicted on that occasion received five or six year bans, hence why the club still appears at the top of this table.”
This makes sense, proving how our unwanted position is not based on trouble from recent seasons, however this doesn’t take away from how much the Tyne and Wear derby trouble back in 2013 is still tarnishing the club’s appearance to this day.
Here are the 10 club with the highest number of banning orders still in place from figures taken on August 7th this year:
1. Newcastle United – 111
2. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 75
]3. West Ham United – 57
4. Millwall – 55
5. Manchester United – 49
6. Liverpool – 44
7. Barnsley – 43
8. Chelsea – 42
9. Birmingham City – 41
10. Burnley – 39
= Bristol City – 39
= Bristol Rovers – 39
It’s worth mentioning that NUFC issued just 3 banning orders last season – being one of the lowest, whilst Wolves had the most with 32.
Hopefully this is a record we get rid of soon enough.