Club issues warning to fans

A pitch invasion by Chesterfield FC supporters at the final match of the season against Gillingham on Saturday week will jeopardise a lap of honour by the players and management.

The club has announced that the traditional end-of-season tour of the pitch will not take place if any supporters encroach on to the playing surface at the B2net Stadium.

Spireites chiefs have issued the guidelines after last week’s promotion celebrations at the Bury game were marred by violence and arrests following pitch invasions.

Blues fans will have four sides of the ground for the Gillingham match and a statement released by the club said: “After the final whistle there will be a short break before the players and management come out for a tour of the pitch to enable all supporters to show their appreciation for what has been a successful promotion season. This event will not take place if any supporters go on the pitch.

Stadium manager Colin Nellist said: “We have issued this helpful advice well in advance so everyone at the Gillingham match is fully aware that the end of season celebration with the players and management will only take place as long as no one goes on the pitch.”

The announcement came after the club released a five-point plan following the trouble at the Bury showdown.

The plan states: No pitch invasions at any time; No congregating on the pitch-side walkways; No standing on gangway steps or behind the barriers at the back of the stands; No attempt to consume alcohol outside the concourse refreshment areas; No refusal to follow stewards’ guidance.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Gillingham match on Saturday, May 7, go on general sale at the Spireites ticket office from 10am on Tuesday.