Figures just released for 2017/18 show that Newcastle United had more fans with banning orders than any other club.

This is the fourth season in a row that this has been the case.

No individual club figure quoted by BBC Sport but they do say that the total number of banning orders for English league clubs actually dropped last season, by 6% from 1,929 to 1,822.

There were 460 new orders issued last season, which was 11% down on the previous year (2016/17).

When it came to fans actually being arrested last season, Birmingham City were top with 95.

Whilst in the Premier League it was West Ham with 46. Hammers fans were protesting against the owners and 13 of the arrests were for supporters going on the pitch.

Compared to past decades of course, trouble and arrests at football are far less frequent.

For every 100,000 supporters attending matches, an average overall of only 3.5 fans were arrested at English league matches last season. However, in League Two, that arrest figure was actually 8.6 per 100,000.

BBC Sport:

Football-related arrests in England and Wales have more than halved in the past decade, according to new figures.

Arrests have steadily fallen this century and were down 6% in 2017-18 compared with the previous season.

For the third consecutive year, more Birmingham City fans were arrested last season (95) than any other club in England’s top five leagues.

The Championship had the most arrests (591), up 22% from 2016-17, while Premier League clubs had 374 arrests.

West Ham had the most arrests in the top division with 46, 13 of which were for pitch incursions, up from two in 2016-17. The club has repeatedly struggled with security issues since moving into the London Stadium.

The arrest rate for the whole season was 3.5 per 100,000 fans, while League Two had the highest arrest rate of 8.6 per 100,000.

Government data from the Home Office also showed an increase in arrests for:

Throwing missiles – 125 (2017-18), compared with 91 (2016-17)

Racist and indecent chanting – 15 (2017-18), up from seven (2016-17)

Public disorder – 549 (2017-18), up from 505 (2016-17)

The three most common offences were public disorder (36%), violent disorder (20%) and pitch incursion (12%), while alcohol arrests dropped by 38%.

The number of banning orders in force – which stops a fan attending fixtures for a set period of time – dropped by 6% from 1,929 to 1,822.

There were 460 new orders issued last season, 11% down on the previous year.

Newcastle United had the highest number of banning orders for the fourth year in succession.



  • Leicester Mag

    Ashley banned entertaining football and ambition 11 years ago

    • Themoscow72

      Been some great matches like Arsenal, Chelsea , Arsenal at home last season and last week Bournemouth. Great stuff under Ashley. Should hit Loughborough 11.00am in morning and going to the Moon and Bell then on to the Priory pub next to the ground at 1.30pm. Morpeth’s black and amber army.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Are the North Shields ultras still going. Mate of mine (ex bender) from down here (Gloucestershire) went with them to the Vase final a few years ago. Said it was Nufc old faces

        • Themoscow72

          Seems have died off a bit now that South Shields have got promoted. At one time they could turn out at least three hundred people . Off to Loughborough to see Morpeth on Saturday as know the Chairmen and manager and some players. Getting the 7.00am train.

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          Crowds are down a bit this season but I have been told there are still a lot of problems.
          Only the other week Whitley Bay’s goalkeeper was meant to have been set about by a couple of North Shields fans.
          There have also been rumours flying around that they are to be thrown out of The Northern League if nothing is done about their following !

      • Leicester Mag

        Never going to fathom why you see the positives in Ashley. Still each to their own and all that.. As for today I can’t catch up with you for family reasons sadly. Enjoy the match

      • Toon Arnie

        That’s 3 games out of 26 ? A seriously weak post Moscow.

      • panther

        Hope you die soon

  • DeadToiler

    Top of the banning order and balance sheet leagues. Not all bad!

  • Mark Davies

    Whoa! Didnt fat mike say he would leave when we won something. By this hes 4 years too late!!!

  • Wor Lass

    I suppose it`s easier to catch the baddies in league 2 grounds. I think we`re still top of the horse abuse ratings as well.

    • Billmag

      Do you not mean Hoss abuse.😀

      • Wor Lass

        Poor lad`s not even getting out of the stalls now.

  • graham18

    at least we top at something

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Moscow is in here 3 times

    • Themoscow72

      Recently there was an application for a banning order put in. Thanks to my barrister in London and another in Northumberland I am happily attending matches including the Wolves game.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Barrister (2 of them) – u must have a fair bit of wedge then!

        • panther

          No he’s just a compulsive liar

  • Leazes.

    Whilst individuals are responsible for their own actions, I think that the route cause is Ashley, who has contributed significantly to the unpleasant atmosphere like a huge waft of poison gas.

    The table should be headed which owners of football clubs have contributed most to the rise in antisocial crime…..

    1. Ashley.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    There was a study done a while back on hooliganism at clubs with the conclusion being : Clubs who have the biggest problems with disorder are the one’s who have “Bad Owners” !

    Is there any coincidence here ?