August 19, 2015
A message to all supporters from the Deputy Safety Officer at BRFC.
At the end of last season smoke grenades/canisters were thrown pitch side on a couple of occasions from the North Terrace (Blackthorn Terracing).
This was reported to the FA by the football officials and Bristol Rovers were made aware, in no uncertain terms, that this type of behaviour would not be tolerated.
The FA did mention that points could be deducted which would, as you can imagine, have had a devastating effect on our promotional chances.
We may have to instigate rigorous searches of all fans at all turnstiles which in turn will delay entry to the stadium in order to try and stop these thoughtless individuals.
This is your team and your club. You can help by reporting anyone you see dropping, throwing or in possession of any flare, smoke grenade/canister or pyrotechnic by reporting it to a member of the safety stewarding staff.
These pyrotechnics are extremely dangerous and can cause fatalities to the old, young and anyone with breathing difficulties.
If they come into contact with the skin they cannot be extinguished by water. The temperature, when ignited is in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius
Please be aware that anyone found bringing any type of pyrotechnic into the Memorial Stadium will be arrested and receive an automatic club banning order.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Deputy Safety Officer