Police claim success with only three arrests at Oxford United-Bristol Rovers game

THREE people were arrested at yesterday's highly-charged match between Oxford United and Bristol Rovers.

There was a heavy police presence at both the Kassam Stadium and Oxford train station for the visit of Bristol Rovers for the League Two clash.

Police said their operation was successful, although there were several incidents between rival fans in the area immediately surrounding the Kassam just before kick-off.

Police said one man from Bristol and two men from Oxford were arrested. However they have supplied no details on what grounds or if the men were subsequently charged with any offences.

The police presence included several officers on horseback and at the end of the game there were massed ranks of officers at either end of the north stand, where away fans were, to prevent clashes.

Estimates on the number of Rovers fans vary between 1,400 and 2,000.

Superintendent Christian Bunt, the Oxford police commander who was leading the policing operation, said last night: “Today’s football match involved a substantial policing operation to ensure it ran smoothly and safely.

“It is a shame that a few people today thought it would be ok to attend and try to disrupt the enjoyment of others. We will now be carrying out a post-match investigation to establish the full circumstances.

“We have been working closely with the club staff, to plan for today and deal with any potential troublemakers so that it was a safe environment for everybody to support their teams and enjoy the match.”

Bristol Rovers won the match 2-0. Click through to read the match report.

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10:49am Sun 10 Feb 13

OxfordResident says...

"Estimates on the number of Rovers fans vary between 1,400 and 2,000. "

Its not hard to check the official away attendance as being 1932 - it is publically published....

I do have to say that at least some of the incidents were caused by an uncontrolled charge by the mounted police after a minor incident, that actually drove groups of fans together at pace.
"Estimates on the number of Rovers fans vary between 1,400 and 2,000. " Its not hard to check the official away attendance as being 1932 - it is publically published.... I do have to say that at least some of the incidents were caused by an uncontrolled charge by the mounted police after a minor incident, that actually drove groups of fans together at pace. OxfordResident
  • Score: 3

11:00am Sun 10 Feb 13

faatmaan says...

which three OU players were arrested in view of the result............LO
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which three OU players were arrested in view of the result............LO L faatmaan
  • Score: 2

11:45am Sun 10 Feb 13

Beau champ mummy says...

Utter morons jail them
Utter morons jail them Beau champ mummy
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

Sucess? But surely when the Romans ran such events, all the action happened INSIDE the amphitheatres - their version of football stadiums? This also had the added advantage of allowing fighting and assault of the public to be contained, and never spilling-out into the streets. So, yet another lesson to be learned from the old Romans?
Sucess? But surely when the Romans ran such events, all the action happened INSIDE the amphitheatres - their version of football stadiums? This also had the added advantage of allowing fighting and assault of the public to be contained, and never spilling-out into the streets. So, yet another lesson to be learned from the old Romans? Myron Blatz
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Sun 10 Feb 13

WitneyGreen says...

Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings.
Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -5

6:31pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings.
That's a great idea mate, make all footballs clubs bankrupt. This story is well out of order, 3 arrests out of 6,000 people, you get more arrests every Fri and Sat night on George Street and Park End Street, what is your solution there, make all bars and restaurants open their doors but not allow customers in? Typical comment from somebody that hates football. You will always get fights where there are men with different views thrown together, just look at footage from the ukranian and Korean parliaments. Or the violence shown by thousands of students towards the police in London that was far, far greater than that shown yesterday in Oxford, yet did not see you commenting for the colleges that they attended to be closed down, so why do you single out football clubs? OPEN your eyes mate and watch any match from Europe, then you will see what REAL trouble is.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings.[/p][/quote]That's a great idea mate, make all footballs clubs bankrupt. This story is well out of order, 3 arrests out of 6,000 people, you get more arrests every Fri and Sat night on George Street and Park End Street, what is your solution there, make all bars and restaurants open their doors but not allow customers in? Typical comment from somebody that hates football. You will always get fights where there are men with different views thrown together, just look at footage from the ukranian and Korean parliaments. Or the violence shown by thousands of students towards the police in London that was far, far greater than that shown yesterday in Oxford, yet did not see you commenting for the colleges that they attended to be closed down, so why do you single out football clubs? OPEN your eyes mate and watch any match from Europe, then you will see what REAL trouble is. Grunden Skip
  • Score: 12

7:01pm Sun 10 Feb 13

JanetJ says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings.
That's a great idea mate, make all footballs clubs bankrupt. This story is well out of order, 3 arrests out of 6,000 people, you get more arrests every Fri and Sat night on George Street and Park End Street, what is your solution there, make all bars and restaurants open their doors but not allow customers in? Typical comment from somebody that hates football. You will always get fights where there are men with different views thrown together, just look at footage from the ukranian and Korean parliaments. Or the violence shown by thousands of students towards the police in London that was far, far greater than that shown yesterday in Oxford, yet did not see you commenting for the colleges that they attended to be closed down, so why do you single out football clubs? OPEN your eyes mate and watch any match from Europe, then you will see what REAL trouble is.
I didn't see much trouble at the Rugby today or the matches yesterday - why are football fans so different.
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: Yet again Oxford becomes an unpleasant and uncomfortable place to be because some stupid little men can't behave themselves travelling to and watching a football game. Drunk, abusive Oxford fans on buses into and out of town. Drunk, yelling Bristol fans on trains and at the station. If they can't behave, take their fun away - make teams play in empty stadiums if their fans can't behave like human beings.[/p][/quote]That's a great idea mate, make all footballs clubs bankrupt. This story is well out of order, 3 arrests out of 6,000 people, you get more arrests every Fri and Sat night on George Street and Park End Street, what is your solution there, make all bars and restaurants open their doors but not allow customers in? Typical comment from somebody that hates football. You will always get fights where there are men with different views thrown together, just look at footage from the ukranian and Korean parliaments. Or the violence shown by thousands of students towards the police in London that was far, far greater than that shown yesterday in Oxford, yet did not see you commenting for the colleges that they attended to be closed down, so why do you single out football clubs? OPEN your eyes mate and watch any match from Europe, then you will see what REAL trouble is.[/p][/quote]I didn't see much trouble at the Rugby today or the matches yesterday - why are football fans so different. JanetJ
  • Score: -8

7:52pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Doctor69 says...

Very little trouble at football yesterday. The police presence was OTT imo. Dressed up in full riot gear, with attitudes that almost provoke a reaction. Also, what was the helicopter up for?!
Very little trouble at football yesterday. The police presence was OTT imo. Dressed up in full riot gear, with attitudes that almost provoke a reaction. Also, what was the helicopter up for?! Doctor69
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

It is simple J. Rugby fans come from a different demographic than football fans. Generally Rugby fans have been to Public School and/or University, have a successful life with a nice wife kids and £million house that they do not want to jeopardize, hence the lack of naughty behaviour, also there is not the historic rivalry that comes with football. Whereas with football, from a very early age fans are "born" through family or local ties, come from a working class background, and feel as protective of their club/town as poshies do to their offspring, hence the extreme behaviour (imagine if somebody wanted to harm your child), then we bring into it the social, industrial, religious aspect. Three examples, Arsenal a south london team relocated to North London and became more successful than Tottenham, which was the local team at the time, this was in 1913, still to this day a Tottenham fan will attack an Arsenal fan, for this incursion (as they still see it) into their territory. Now we have Portsmouth and Southampton, when they play eachother the fights are legendary, because of the Strike breaking workers from Southampton who passed the picket lines in Portsmouth 80 odd years ago, that will not be forgiven as it led to hardship for the workers in Portsmouth. And finally religion, Celtic V Rangers, say no more. As we see J, Football and Rugby are as different as a Mature Stilton, and a Tesco Value Mozzarella.
It is simple J. Rugby fans come from a different demographic than football fans. Generally Rugby fans have been to Public School and/or University, have a successful life with a nice wife kids and £million house that they do not want to jeopardize, hence the lack of naughty behaviour, also there is not the historic rivalry that comes with football. Whereas with football, from a very early age fans are "born" through family or local ties, come from a working class background, and feel as protective of their club/town as poshies do to their offspring, hence the extreme behaviour (imagine if somebody wanted to harm your child), then we bring into it the social, industrial, religious aspect. Three examples, Arsenal a south london team relocated to North London and became more successful than Tottenham, which was the local team at the time, this was in 1913, still to this day a Tottenham fan will attack an Arsenal fan, for this incursion (as they still see it) into their territory. Now we have Portsmouth and Southampton, when they play eachother the fights are legendary, because of the Strike breaking workers from Southampton who passed the picket lines in Portsmouth 80 odd years ago, that will not be forgiven as it led to hardship for the workers in Portsmouth. And finally religion, Celtic V Rangers, say no more. As we see J, Football and Rugby are as different as a Mature Stilton, and a Tesco Value Mozzarella. Grunden Skip
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Sun 10 Feb 13

davecuddoufc says...

I was at the Priory, helping to raise some money for the Rovers fan, who helped us raise money for Charlotte Nott, last season and then had a heart attack that evening and passed away, three days later. I met up with a lot of Rovers fans, who wanted to say thank you for what we were doing.
I promised them that there wouldn't be any trouble from our fans, in the pub. Their fans were well behaved, to be honest.
Around 2-30pm, I heard a commotion and saw a large number of police officers charging towards the pub entrance. Apparantly, a group of Oxford fans (NOT from the Priory) had done something to provoke the Rovers fans.
I have never seen so many officers at the pub!
I was at the Priory, helping to raise some money for the Rovers fan, who helped us raise money for Charlotte Nott, last season and then had a heart attack that evening and passed away, three days later. I met up with a lot of Rovers fans, who wanted to say thank you for what we were doing. I promised them that there wouldn't be any trouble from our fans, in the pub. Their fans were well behaved, to be honest. Around 2-30pm, I heard a commotion and saw a large number of police officers charging towards the pub entrance. Apparantly, a group of Oxford fans (NOT from the Priory) had done something to provoke the Rovers fans. I have never seen so many officers at the pub! davecuddoufc
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Brenda Jackson says...

I thought the Keystone cops, aka Benny Hill convention lot were hilarious- running around in sync, batons drawn just itching to pound someone, anyone, on the skull.
About time the Hoolies got up to speed and found some Gee gees of their own to compete with TVP's finest, would make for quite a spectacle, more than could be said for the erm football, which was an assault on the senses.
The manager clearly has no pride, just sitting out time until the inevitable, he must know his days at the Club are numbered, if he were to resign most at oufc would say he'd done a reasonable job, with limited ability.
I thought the Keystone cops, aka Benny Hill convention lot were hilarious- running around in sync, batons drawn just itching to pound someone, anyone, on the skull. About time the Hoolies got up to speed and found some Gee gees of their own to compete with TVP's finest, would make for quite a spectacle, more than could be said for the erm football, which was an assault on the senses. The manager clearly has no pride, just sitting out time until the inevitable, he must know his days at the Club are numbered, if he were to resign most at oufc would say he'd done a reasonable job, with limited ability. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 1

11:07pm Sun 10 Feb 13

dorsetbob says...

right rugby fans public schools boys who drink to excess, football fans state schoolboys who drink to excess difference the public school boys call police f""""" plebs run the country and the police know there place simples!!
right rugby fans public schools boys who drink to excess, football fans state schoolboys who drink to excess difference the public school boys call police f""""" plebs run the country and the police know there place simples!! dorsetbob
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

dorsetbob wrote:
right rugby fans public schools boys who drink to excess, football fans state schoolboys who drink to excess difference the public school boys call police f""""" plebs run the country and the police know there place simples!!
I couldn't have put it better myself Dorsetbob, SPOT ON.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetbob[/bold] wrote: right rugby fans public schools boys who drink to excess, football fans state schoolboys who drink to excess difference the public school boys call police f""""" plebs run the country and the police know there place simples!![/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it better myself Dorsetbob, SPOT ON. Grunden Skip
  • Score: 0

11:07pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Chippenham red says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
It is simple J. Rugby fans come from a different demographic than football fans. Generally Rugby fans have been to Public School and/or University, have a successful life with a nice wife kids and £million house that they do not want to jeopardize, hence the lack of naughty behaviour, also there is not the historic rivalry that comes with football. Whereas with football, from a very early age fans are "born" through family or local ties, come from a working class background, and feel as protective of their club/town as poshies do to their offspring, hence the extreme behaviour (imagine if somebody wanted to harm your child), then we bring into it the social, industrial, religious aspect. Three examples, Arsenal a south london team relocated to North London and became more successful than Tottenham, which was the local team at the time, this was in 1913, still to this day a Tottenham fan will attack an Arsenal fan, for this incursion (as they still see it) into their territory. Now we have Portsmouth and Southampton, when they play eachother the fights are legendary, because of the Strike breaking workers from Southampton who passed the picket lines in Portsmouth 80 odd years ago, that will not be forgiven as it led to hardship for the workers in Portsmouth. And finally religion, Celtic V Rangers, say no more. As we see J, Football and Rugby are as different as a Mature Stilton, and a Tesco Value Mozzarella.
Plus people actually care who wins a football match.
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: It is simple J. Rugby fans come from a different demographic than football fans. Generally Rugby fans have been to Public School and/or University, have a successful life with a nice wife kids and £million house that they do not want to jeopardize, hence the lack of naughty behaviour, also there is not the historic rivalry that comes with football. Whereas with football, from a very early age fans are "born" through family or local ties, come from a working class background, and feel as protective of their club/town as poshies do to their offspring, hence the extreme behaviour (imagine if somebody wanted to harm your child), then we bring into it the social, industrial, religious aspect. Three examples, Arsenal a south london team relocated to North London and became more successful than Tottenham, which was the local team at the time, this was in 1913, still to this day a Tottenham fan will attack an Arsenal fan, for this incursion (as they still see it) into their territory. Now we have Portsmouth and Southampton, when they play eachother the fights are legendary, because of the Strike breaking workers from Southampton who passed the picket lines in Portsmouth 80 odd years ago, that will not be forgiven as it led to hardship for the workers in Portsmouth. And finally religion, Celtic V Rangers, say no more. As we see J, Football and Rugby are as different as a Mature Stilton, and a Tesco Value Mozzarella.[/p][/quote]Plus people actually care who wins a football match. Chippenham red
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