The non league season kicked off at the weekend, though it seems that the excitement got the better for some supporters.
We already reported that Darlington had to ban one of theirs from home matches after an incident at Farsley Celtic over the weekend.
Well since then, another National League North side – Kidderminster Harriers, revealed they were disappointed at a fan legging it onto the field of play against Leamington.
? The club is to issue a lifetime ban from Aggborough to an individual in the wake of Saturday's game.
— Kidderminster Harriers ? (@khfcofficial) August 5, 2019
Newly promoted National League South club Weymouth also revealed they had the same problem for their clash against recently relegated Maidstone United.
— Weymouth FC (@theterras) August 5, 2019
“Kidderminster Harriers are extremely disappointed with scenes that saw a ‘supporter’ enter the field of play during Saturday’s fixture with Leamington.
“The club, as it does routinely, made clear online, in its match day programme and over the public address system on Saturday, it’s position on antisocial behaviour at matches.
“Such behaviour leads to action being taken against the club by the game’s governing bodies in the form of warnings and, in some cases, heavy fines.
“Therefore the club, with this in mind, plans to issue a lifetime ban from all club facilities to one individual in the wake of Saturday’s game, after consultation with Police. We will not give the individual the satisfaction of notoriety by commenting on the incident further.
“The club will not hesitate to take similar action again in future and would urge the smallest minority of fans who are intent on spoiling the enjoyment of others, to stay away from Aggborough Stadium for good.”
“The Board of Directors of Weymouth FC would like to thank the vast majority of Terras fans for their magnificent support on our return to the Vanarama National South League at Maidstone.
“However, Weymouth FC and the Football Association will not tolerate unauthorized encroachment onto the field of play. It is a criminal offence under the Football (Offences) Act 1991.
“Any person proved to have committed such an offence will be dealt with severely by Weymouth FC and, if necessary, the Police.
“The maximum punishment for such an offence is imprisonment and/or a lifetime Football Banning Order, which will mean a ban from either a particular ground or All Football Matches.
“The Weymouth FC Board of Directors will be reviewing all evidence from the game at Maidstone before taking appropriate action.
“All supporters are reminded that they represent the club when travelling to away grounds either on the official supporter’s coach or under their own steam and that their actions could have repercussions for the Club as well as themselves. We urge them to act accordingly, as they have done so superbly for many years.
“Once again thank you to those that behaved impeccably and helped the team achieve its first victory of the new season.”
Fans took to give their thoughts on the statements of separate incidents, majority disappointed but glad action has been taken against them – find out more on the next page.