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9 year old taken for hospital treatment as club condemn fan behaviour at Chester

It’s sadly been reported that a 9 year old was taken for hospital treatment as a club condemn the fan behaviour played out at Chester.

AFC Telford United have criticised a group of their supporters and revealed how the boy was taken to be seen to by medics after several flares were set off during the National League North fixture on Sunday afternoon.

Flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics contain dangerous toxins and are banned at football matches in England yet at many matches these days, they still somehow get in through the turnstiles.

The flare in question went off by a “minority” of Telford supporters in the away end at Chester’s Deva Stadium.

The club have promised to hand out life-time bans to any fans caught using flares.


AFC Telford United would like remind supporters we are committed to eradicate the use of flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics at our matches.

Several flares were let off this afternoon by a small minority of away supporters which has resulted in a 9 year old boy needing hospital treatment this evening.

Flares and smoke bombs disrupt play and people’s enjoyment of games, and the toxins they contain can seriously damage health which can cause life-threatening injury or concern.

Being in possession of a flare or smoke bomb at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence.

We will take the strongest action available against anyone found in possession of a flare, smoke bomb or any other such pyrotechnic device, and spectators are warned that we and The National League apply a zero-tolerance approach to anyone attempting to bring such device into any stadium when following AFC Telford United.

Each time a flare is let off during a football match, the club is fined by the FA which has detrimental affect on money which could be better spent on improving the playing squad.

AFC Telford United we will be working with Chester and their CCTV from afternoon to identify the individuals who were responsible for today. Anyone found responsible will be dealt with in the strongest matter possible.

Courts have a sentencing guideline of three months’ imprisonment and a three-year football banning order

AFC Telford United want all fans to be on their best behaviour when supporting the club either at home fixtures at the New Bucks Head or when following the Bucks away. We are proud of our community and it’s family based support and cannot, and will not, tolerate inappropriate behaviour or crowd disturbance of any kind, if you observe any illegal behaviour or behaviour which tarnishes the club’s name, then please e mail, in confidence, enquiries@afctu.co.uk

If any Telford supporter is found to have been involved in any anti-social behaviour, then they we will be banned from New Bucks Head for life.

Please support the club safely and responsibly and we thank all supporters for their co-operation.


Chester Football Club wishes to express its disappointment at the actions of those individuals responsible for throwing objects onto the pitch from the Harry McNally Terrace during today’s match with AFC Telford United. 

We strongly condemn behaviour of this nature, which is both dangerous and damaging to our Club.

The Board is proud of our reputation as a family club and we will not tolerate this behaviour. We will be reviewing video footage and anyone identified as being guilty of throwing objects will be dealt with in the strongest possible terms. We will also be reviewing our internal procedures to determine whether these can be strengthened.

We trust this message acts as a warning to those involved, and also provides reassurance to the vast majority of our supporters who will share our displeasure and frustration.

Twitter users reacted after hearing that a 9 year old was taken for hospital treatment as the club condemn fan behaviour at Chester…

@melissagrundy: Lad in the grey shorts had them on bumpers lane. Chucked it into the road ahead of us.

@AidanWh35290180: Weren’t all the away support 9 years old?

@Paget25physio: Thoughts with the young supporter & wish him a speedy recovery ❤️

@HLMustangs1: Speedy recovery to the young boy. Hope the “fans” (if you can call them that are punished

@ryangolfing: This is why I haven’t taken my young son to a match yet, ashamed of these people representing our club

@SarahLeeder1: Few people been causing problems recently. Had some at the home matches in the Hutch. Vile chants.

@FrancisLaye: Disgraceful.. hope the boys ok. Ban them

@FussballJames: Serves them right for creating the most obviously forced ‘atmosphere’ I’ve seen in ages. Sitting in silence one minute and then suddenly jumping on top of each other and throwing flares at their own fans after scoring an equaliser against ten men

@creag123: There’s been a small section of supporters who’ve been behaving like numptys for a while now so this sort of escalation doesn’t surprise me. Hopefully they are caught, prosecuted etc.

@rsrsrs37: The little kids was so scared me and there Steward helped them out. Most Telford fans are good people

@lhall86309859: Disgraceful behaviour off minority of Telford fans. But it’s a minority. We’re used to swapping ends with away fans. All clubs have their idiots. Like the Chester fans that stormed our quiet Sports Bar. On the whole we’re all proud Non League fans who enjoy each other’s company.

@Kayspud: Hope the young lad is ok and this doesn’t put him off going to any football in the future. Whoever it was you should be utterly ashamed of yourselves. I expect it’s young lads who can’t handle their drink and think they are the bees knees!

@Richard51915054: All clubs have their idiots, they know who they are but do nothing about, they’d rather keep taking their money at the gate and at the bars, until this attitude changes, nothing will.

@leemacca25: Selling beer after beer to the little idiots isn’t going to help stop them being even bigger idiots… most games home and away now have issues with jumped up little idiots with pints in their hands all game. Clubs should stop fuelling them.

@Tastycheetah9: Throw the fucking book at them absolute morons

@lhall86309859: As a father I truly hope the lad is ok. We are a friendly club. Those involved should be banned. Scum

@banks247: Hope the young lad is okay. When, just when are people going to realise no matter how cool they think they are throwing flares & other items inside a football ground, that their actions seriously affect others, and the clubs they support?

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