Football club to foot the bill for fan damage

The damaged signage at Bridlington Town's Queensgate stadium

The damaged signage at Bridlington Town's Queensgate stadium

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Whitby Town FC will cover the costs of damage caused by some of its supporters during Tuesday’s derby clash with Scarborough.

A number of the away contingent are believed to be responsible for tearing down signage at Queensgate in Bridlington, Scarborough Athletic’s current home.

Police were called towards the end of the Integro Doodson League Cup tie which Whitby lost on penalties, after drawing 2-2 in normal time, after a large Bridlington Town FC banner was vandalised.

Officers later pulled over a Town supporters’ coach on its way back to Whitby.

And Seasiders chairman Graham Manser was quick to condemn the perpertrators, while offering to cover the full cost of repairing the damage caused.

“Whitby Town FC will pay for any damage caused at Queensgate,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“What has happened is a great shame and the attitude of these so-called fans is atrocious.

“Of course we want supporters to come to matches, make lots of noise and get behind the team, but this kind of behaviour is unacceptable.

“These people aren’t regular supporters of the club, we don’t know when they’re going to turn up, but unfortunately they sometimes do.”

Pete Smurthwaite, chairman of Bridlington Town - the club that own Queensgate - estimated that the cost of a replacement banner would be £500.

He added: “I’m so cheesed off because it is just wanton vandalism. You can accept paying out when gale force winds cause the damage but this could all have been avoided.

“That banner had featured so well in the Class Of 92 documentary on BBC One last week. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said to me they recognised our ground on TV because they recognised the banner.

“In the end, police had to be called during the game and that does not reflect well on our club.”

The damage at the stadium came less than 24 hours after Queensgate was broken into and vandalised in a separate incident.