CHESTER FC has vowed to work with police after pitch invasions by hooligans from Halifax marred an FA Cup clash.
The club will provide CCTV footage to Cheshire Constabulary in an attempt to catch the troublemakers at Saturday’s match, which ended 1-1.
About 10 FC Halifax Town fans from the West Stand ran on to the pitch and tried to attack Chester supporters in the Harry McNally Terrace two minutes into the game.
They were restrained by stewards and put back in the stand.
But about 20 minutes later a handful of Halifax fans sat in the East Stand were seen scuffling with Chester supporters.
Police kicked two troublemakers out of the ground and a 51-year-old man was arrested but later released without charge.
Another away fan was later ejected for invading the pitch after Halifax’s equaliser.
A club statement from Chester said: “Chester FC totally condemn the actions of those individuals and the club is working with FC Halifax Town and Cheshire Police to identify them.
“FC Halifax Town had advised Chester FC of the ‘unruly element’ that may be travelling and this information was shared with police.
“The club will have a further conversation with the police to ascertain why certain individuals were not removed from the stadium. Cheshire police praised the actions of the stewards, who did everything asked of them.”
Halifax also condemned the pitch invaders.
In the club’s programme notes for the replay on Tuesday night, which Chester lost 3-1, the club said: “These are not fans of the club, they are a cancer, ‘hangers-on’ who adopt a selfish, tribal approach, determined to spoil someone’s afternoon on the way for their own gratification and cheap thrill.
“I am sure we speak for 99% of the fans of FC Halifax Town – we don’t want the hard-earned, good reputation of the club being dragged down by just a few individuals.”
Superintendent Nick Bailey of Cheshire police said: “Stewards and police acted in the interests of public safety in arresting a man initially suspected of invading the pitch and committing public order offences.
“When the full facts came to light the man, 51, from Halifax, was released without charge.”