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Club Statement - The Derry

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Following a request on Friday, club officials met with the licensing authority today to submit proposals for the safe operation of the South Enclosure for the forthcoming Celtic match.

When asked for a meeting last week it was clear to the Club that a prohibition order for the South Enclosure was to be proposed. The club has since then looked at a variety of temporary solutions to ensure the safe operation of this area for the Celtic match. These proposals were presented to the licensing authority today and agreement has been reached which will allow the South Enclosure to open, albeit on a restricted basis.

This compromise agreement means that the club will have to suspend ticket sales for this area of the stadium and entry will be restricted to season ticket holders only. Season ticket holders must bring their season book with them to gain entry to the stand. This will be enforced without exception.

The east most section of the stand (Rows 1-15) will also be closed and barriers installed to prevent access to these seats and the area beyond.

This solution comes at a considerable financial cost to the club and a more permanent solution will be installed in the summer at even greater cost.

We would ask all supporters who have a season ticket for a seat in 1 – 15 (all rows) to find a seat elsewhere within the Stand on this occasion or if preferred, contact the ticket office who will be happy to accommodate you elsewhere in the Stadium. The Club would also ask any supporters who have purchased a ticket for the South Enclosure for the Celtic match to contact the ticket office as soon as possible in order that a ticket for an alternative stand can be issued as a replacement.

Supporter safety is and always will be the Club’s number one priority. We would ask all fans coming to Dens Park to consider their actions and the consequences that these may bring for themselves and others.

Supporter behaviour as seen on Wednesday night could result in further sanctions against the Club by the Football Authorities but more importantly could result in serious injury or worse to fellow supporters and staff.

The operation of the South Enclosure for the Celtic match will thereafter be subject to full scrutiny and review and decisions regarding its future operation will be made and this will undoubtedly require major financial investment by the Club to achieve a safer environment for everyone.

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/news/club-statement-10
 
In summary - no ticket sales for The Derry and ST holders must take their books. Anyone with a ticket for the Celtic game will need to have it replaced for one in the Main Stand or Coxy.

Tin hats on everyone...

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Was just about to post that.

Season-ticket holders only for the Celtic game. Presumably it'll be back to normal for the remaining games of the season.

Anyone have any idea how many Derry season ticket holders we have? Will be a poor atmosphere guaranteed.

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20 plus pages I reckon.

Asking all season ticket holders in a section to sit elsewhere because some people in that section surge forward when scoring? Wow!

Not a good situation.

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Its not fit for purpose in this day and age and whilst behaviour has prompted this action the club have been culpable, albeit strapped for cash, for years in ignoring this side of the stadium.

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Good move.

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In what way isn't it fit for purpose? people repeatedly running on the track/pitch is the issue here, not the facilities.

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20 plus pages I reckon.

 

Asking all season ticket holders in a section to sit elsewhere because some people in that section surge forward when scoring? Wow!

 

Not a good situation.

It's the pitch invasions as well.

I suspect the post-season work will be to install tip-up seats with backs (makes surging almost impossible), and a higher advertising mount (reducing the possibility of pitch invasions).

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Very good statement by the club. Well worded and straight to the point.

Although I was defending the actions I have changed my mind based on the situation we are now in.

I sit in row g, seat 30 so I am right at the area of "the surge" as its been nicknamed. Although I don't get involved in the behavior I do defend boys rights to celebrate, but not like they did.

This no doubt has cost the club thousands in meetings, staff and equipment. Plus lost ticket sales.

The lads who done this need to think long and hard about what they have done.

Me and BobaFett sit right next to the area and are most likely going to be roughly treated by stewards thinking we were involved.

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The lads who done this need to think long and hard about what they have done.

You really think they care? They turn up for the big games and are nowhere to be seen the rest of the season.

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This is a forced move, no doubt the club didn't want to do this - it's the most popular stand in the ground and this WILL affect sales. Fans who run on the pitch are the only ones to blame.

Hopefully, the club can sort it out in the Summer with a better permanent solution. Pity though as this will be a great expense and will have an impact on the playing budget, all down to idiots who can't keep themselves in the stand.

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It's the pitch invasions as well.

I suspect the post-season work will be to install tip-up seats with backs (makes surging almost impossible), and a higher advertising mount (reducing the possibility of pitch invasions).

At least 10 people ran on the pitch from the Coxy at the goals going by the match photos.

Only 2 or 3 got on the actual pitch from the Derry according to the video footage of the goals from the Coxy. One was from the opposite end of the Derry affected.

The vast majority were on the track between the Derry wall and the advertisement boards going by the pictures.

I don't sit there anymore so it doesn't affect me but once again, everyone in that area is clearly being targeted for the action of a few.

Not good at all as I said.

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In what way isn't it fit for purpose? people repeatedly running on the track/pitch is the issue here, not the facilities.

The layout of the stand is not great. It has a low wall which can allow entry, stairs, no gates or fences. There is a lack of toilet facilities along with poor catering stalls. Add in poor security which stands in front of me every game.

Guys were wrong to run on track but the club have neglected the stand. Should have been renovated same time as cox and shankly.

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At least 10 people ran on the pitch from the Coxy at the goals going by the match photos.

Only 2 or 3 got on the actual pitch from the Derry according to the video footage of the goals from the Coxy. One was from the opposite end of the Derry affected.

The vast majority were on the track between the Derry wall and the advertisement boards going by the pictures.

I don't sit there anymore so it doesn't affect me but once again, everyone in that area is clearly being targeted for the action of a few.

Not good at all as I said.

Why is the Coxy not being closed?

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