DON’T EXPECT STEWARDS TO PUT THEIR LIFE ON LINE
FANTASTIC to see Preston beat local rivals Blackpool – they’ve had some tough years at Deepdale but I really sense the excitement is back.
It’s just a shame the supporters got so carried away. I agree totally with what Paul Ince said – when you’ve got a local derby and a history of animosity, you must have enough stewards to at least cordon one end off.
Even then, I remember managing Leeds against Sheffield Wednesday when one of our fans came on and hit Chris Kirkland.
You couldn’t have had many more stewards that night but the truth is, it’s very hard to stop somebody who wants to get on the pitch.
It’s very difficult for stewards. A lot of them are women, kids and older men.You can’t expect them to confront a fully-grown man who is running towards them. They get paid very little so why should they put their life on the line?
Let’s hope it was just an isolated incident because the alternatives don’t bear thinking about – nobody ever wants to see fences back in our game. For me, there’s just got to be stiffer punishments for people who are caught.