Ipswich: Town fans retain title of best-behaved in the Championship after ZERO arrests at Portman Road last season

After the Blues had the fewest number of arrests in the 2011/12 Championship season with just two, t

After the Blues had the fewest number of arrests in the 2011/12 Championship season with just two, the club has again finished top of the best-behaved table with only four arrests recorded last season. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town have retained the title of having the best-behaved fans in the league – with no arrests made at Portman Road last season.

After the Blues had the fewest number of arrests in the 2011/12 Championship season with just two, the club has again finished top of the best-behaved table with only four arrests recorded last season.

They were all detained by officers at away games, with two fans arrested for alcohol offences and one each for violent disorder and public disorder offences.

Leeds United, in comparison, finished bottom of the Championship pile with 101 arrests for the 2012/13 season, according to the Home Office figures released yesterday.

The report also showed just one Town fan was slapped with a banning order last season.

Steve Pearce, Ipswich Town’s media manager, said he was “delighted but not surprised” at the positive figures.

“Ipswich Town fans have a long-standing reputation as being among the best in the game and this is further evidence of that,” he said.

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“Portman Road is regarded as one of the safest grounds in the country to watch football and the supporters should take great credit in that.”

Liz Edwards, chairman of the official supporters club, said Town fans had a “good reputation”.

She said: “We benefit through low policing costs at home games and especially benefit through having low-profile policing at away games, giving us freedom to explore many pubs and bars and being trusted to meet with fans of the other team to share our passion for football.”

Ipswich Policing Commander Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: “Words of advice are often publicised prior to the higher profile games advising fans that Suffolk Constabulary has a zero tolerance approach towards any anti-social behaviour and any form of violence.

“It would appear that the low number of arrests in the past year indicate that supporters are taking heed of this advice.”