Date: 11th December 2008 at 1:27pm
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A missile was thrown onto the pitch against Dagenham & Redbridge and now Soho Square is investigating which could lead to financial repercussions, or worse the removal of Bradford City fans from the Bradford End.

The incident happened during Saturday’s second half (I hope that I’ll be able to bring you my match report before the weekend) when the Bantams were about to take a corner. A lighter was thrown from the Bradford End into the box and was noted by referee Stuart Attwell in his match report.

To compound the issue the club was being visited by an official from the Football Licensing Authority who ‘expressed great concern’ at fans standing up for long periods of time.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus City’s Co-Chairman Mark Lawn said ‘the implications might include closure of that section of the ground.

I battled long and hard to see City fans return to the TL Dallas Stand and feel let down by the behaviour of a small number of trouble-makers in this area.

Even if we don`t get fined for this, we are still going to have to step up the stewarding in there. So whatever happens, it has still cost us money.

That`s money that will have to come out of the kitty for our promotion push, so I would personally like to thank the idiot who threw it.’


City fans have been offered the opportunity of a Credit Crunch Busting price of £99 to sit in the TL Dallas stand for next season if they purchase a ticket by the end of December. And the club must hope that this problem doesn’t jeopardise this offer or the desire of people to take up the offer.

For what it is worth, I was at Molineux two weeks ago for the Wolves – Birmingham game. I was in the stand behind a goal and for the entire 90 minutes stood up. Along with every other person in the stand. There really does seem to be one rule for some and another for those at the bottom of football’s pecking order.

Hopefully whoever threw it doesn’t think it’s hilarious that they have caused this tension for the club. Perhaps if they come forward the club won’t face the sanctions that otherwise might follow.