Key information and FAQ ahead of Darlington game

Ahead of our New Year’s Day clash with Darlington at The Brewery Field, the club can now share key information for supporters of both clubs attending the game.
Peter Storey, Head of Match Day Operations at the club, has been contacted all week with questions and points raised by fans from both clubs. He said: “This is a great fixture in the calendar which most fans look for when the fixtures come out, and I hope all the supporters of all ages and both clubs who attend have a great experience. I know there are football fans who support neither club and are attending just for the occasion.”
See below key information regarding the match day experience ahead of the game.

  1. Segregation

Q – Will the game be segregated and where will the supporters be based?
The decision to segregate is assessed game by game throughout the season. This particular fixture has historically been segregated.  Local derbies are great events with obvious passion and support for the teams. Occasionally, in the excitement and heat of the moment, individuals may cause issues. The Darlington supporters will enter though the dedicated Tees Crescent turnstiles. They will be in the entire west side of the ground. There will be food and refreshments served, including alcohol. The club have catered for 900 away supporters. Those supporters requiring seats will be housed in a section of the Motiv8 stand.
The home supporters will occupy the other parts of the ground and will only enter through the Wood Vue turnstile. Likewise, food and refreshments, including alcohol, will be available.

  1. Stewarding

Q – Will there be additional stewards at this fixture?
Yes, there will be some addition stewards available to support our existing dedicated team. The additional stewards are there to provide an extra presence to help and support the expected high number of supporters from both clubs. The stewards we use are experienced and have additional equipment (body cams) which we do not have within the club.

  1. Searching

Q- Will I be searched before entering the ground ?
There are a number of obvious restricted items which have no place in football which go to spoil the occasion for the vast majority of supporters. We have the authority to search as a condition of entry. We hope supporters will support this measure if considered appropriate.

  1. CCTV

Q – I know that Spennymoor has new CCTV, what parts of the ground does this cover? Why is it needed?
Yes, there is very good CCTV equipment which covers the entire ground. It is purely a safety measure for supporters, staff and players. We do not believe this would cause genuine supporters any concern. We would only share images where it is for a legitimate, lawful reason e.g. the Police. For some time, both clubs have been working closely to plan both games, share information and ensure a safe and enjoyable game of football.

  1. Police

Q – Will the Police attend this fixture, why?
Yes, the local Police will attend this match. The club work very closely with the Police around the planning of particular football matches. The Police have a range of addition legal powers which are not available to club staff. The club see this as genuine support by the local police.

  1. Children

Q – I have children can I bring them to this fixture?
Yes absolutely, this year in particular we have seen more children attending games, on occasions nearly 200 including Spennymoor Academy players. As a community club we are keen to see more children and young people coming to the games.

  1. Disabled

Q – I am disabled, do you have a safe place where I can go?
Yes. In the home and away sections of the ground there is provision for wheelchair access and dedicated viewing areas. If you speak to the nearest steward, they will be able to assist you. There are limited seats available in each section on a fist come first served basis.

the neil adams sports bar

Open from 1.30pm on a match day, The Neil Adams Sports Bar is the perfect place to soak up the pre-match atmosphere! Pints start at just £2.20, including our special ‘Moors’ lager, with live coverage of Brighton vs Chelsea on BT Sport before kick off!



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