A step closer to bursting the bubble
Supporters Trust convened a meeting on December 10th to continue discussions on
the ongoing issue of “Bubble” matches between Bristol City and Swansea City.
Also present at the meeting were senior representatives from South Wales Police,
Avon & Somerset Police, Swansea City FC, Bristol City FC and the Swans
of restricting travel to official coaches for games has had a detrimental impact
on attendances, atmosphere and revenue for both football clubs. All parties
therefore came together for a frank discussion of the issues and started to look
for ways to move away from bubble matches.
Lansdown, Bristol City Chairman said: “Getting all the right people around the
table with a commitment to unwrap the bubble is the only way to tackle
situations like these”. Huw Jenkins, Swansea City Chairman agreed saying: “We
made some progress and it’s now down to both clubs to come up with firm
proposals to put to the relevant police authorities. There is still some
work to do”. Huw Cooze from the Swans Trust echoed all the above sentiments and
believes a lot of positives came from the meeting. He said: “ Although more
negotiation is needed it is in everyone’s interest to burst the bubble”.
Trust representative Stuart Rogers acknowledged that ultimately, if there is to
be any relaxation of the travel restrictions, it will be down to both sets of
fans to take responsibility for their actions. Rogers said: “It will be in our
hands. The vast majority will always comply and enjoy their day out.
However, we know that things can sometimes go wrong due to the actions of a few.
I would like to thank all parties, especially South Wales Police, for engaging
in these conversations and look forward to the next