BURTON Albion fans are the best behaved in the country, according to a new report.
The revelation comes after the study showed that the Brewers have not had to impose a single banning order on any of their fans.
Burton Albion, which are in League Two, share the accolade with the League One side MK Dons.
Ben Robison, chairman of Burton Albion, told the Mail the achievment was the result of hard work by the club’s stewards and police.
He said: “We are very proud of the record we have established over many years.
“Obviously for many years we have worked with the police to deal with and eradicate small pockets of trouble makers but this was many years ago. Since then we have had no real problems.
“We have relied on police intelligence and we have had the same group of stewards.
“Some of the stewards have been here for more than 20 years. They have worked as a team, they are familiar with the ground, know what’s required and what approach is needed when dealing with the public on match days.”
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, head of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said he has always been impressed by the interaction between Burton Albion and the force’s tactical planning unit, which monitors supporters at matches throughout the country.
He told the Mail: “We work very closely with the club and other forces around the country to identify trouble makers who consider coming to the ground. From an intelligence perspective this works really well.
“I would say that on the occasions I have been to the ground the fans are very well behaved, they are very vocal and that helps to create a good positive atmosphere in the ground.
“It gives the feel of a family-run club from the top down. It’s very family orientated with lots of youngsters who go to the matches.”
The study also showed that Cardiff City have banned more fans from their ground than any other club.