Hemel Town ‘fans’ banned after awayday trouble

Former Tudor Matt Nolan, pictured in action last season, was the target of some verbal abuse on Saturday. Picture by Darren Kelly
Former Tudor Matt Nolan, pictured in action last season, was the target of some verbal abuse on Saturday. Picture by Darren Kelly

Hemel Town FC have acted quickly in response to the ugly alcohol-fuelled scenes that marred their Calor League Southern Premier Division game at St Neots on Saturday.

Four people have been given five-game bans for away matches following trouble during and after the match.

The problems culminated with a scuffle in the clubhouse after the game, but there had also been trouble during the match – one incident saw St Neots keeper Niall Conroy spat at after he had allegedly stuck his fingers up at a section of the Hemel crowd.

A plastic cup was also thrown onto the pitch from the Hemel end, and former Tudor favourite Matt Nolan was subjected to verbal abuse from the terraces.

In response, the club held a committee meeting on Monday night, and a spokesman said: “The club will not tolerate the unacceptable behaviour of a very small minority of people who are not only spoiling the enjoyment for the majority, but are putting the club’s future progress in jeopardy.

“As a club, we take our responsibilities very seriously in respect of issues of unacceptable conduct.

“We look forward to engaging with the true supporters of this club to work together for the betterment of this club, this community and this town.”

An official supporters’ club will be created which will arrange all future away travel for Hemel fans. This may include the introduction of photo identity cards for members.