DB: No rift between fans & Welsh

Scunthorpe United’s General Manager David Beeby has told that he does not believe there is a rift between supporters and the Iron’s Stadium Manager and Safety Officer Alan Welsh.

The comments were part of an fans Q&A with Beeby, which follows up a discussion at the Iron Trust’s AGM where Iron chairman Peter Swann acknowledged he had noticed Welsh was unpopular with some Scunthorpe supporters on social media and forums.

Beeby exclusively told “I don’t believe there is a gulf between the vast majority of supporters and the stadium manager.

“I think the vast majority of fans come to Glanford Park, watch the football and go home without coming into contact with the stadium manager or our stewards. The stadium manager’s role is to enforce the ground regulations to ensure we comply with our licence and those who breach the regulations then come into contact with the stewards.

“The Club, like all clubs have regular meetings with its Safety Advisory Group. In our case that consists of North Lincolnshire Council, Sports Grounds Safety Authority, Humberside Police, East Midland Ambulance Service and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service.

“It’s the SAG’s role to make sure the stadium is a safe place for people to come and they have the power to reduce the stadium capacity or close areas if the Club are not operating them safely.”

Beeby also revealed that the Iron fan who used pyrotechnics at Mansfield had not been identified and therefore escaped any further punishment but the Sheffield United fan who had used a smoke bomb during a Cup game earlier in the season was ejected from Glanford Park and received a three year banning order in the courts.

“Supporters should be aware that they are not just breaking ground regulations by bringing flares in, it is actually against the law and those who do risk arrest and prosecution”, Beeby added.

There have been 24 away fans ejected and six away arrests this season at Glanford Park. 

A full set of answers to your questions to David Beeby will be online shortly. would like to thank David for taking the time to answer the questions.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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