Reading supporters led the way last seasonIt comes as no surprise, but the latest arrest and banning order statistics published by the Home Office reflect superbly on Royals fans and the Madejski Stadium matchday experience.
Only one single banning order was issued to Reading supporters in the last year, bettered by only one of the 43 other clubs in the top two divisions - Norwich City are the only club to boast an immaculate record during that period. There were 404 banning orders issued across the top two tiers in total.
As some of the best behaved supporters in the country, Royals fans were responsible for only 6 of 731 arrests made at Sky Bet Championship matches last season – only Brighton supporters behaved better with 5 arrests recorded in 2013-14.
Only two of those six arrests in 2013-14 were made at Madejski Stadium, the other four being made on away trips.
In general, arrests of football supporters in 2013/14 were the lowest on record. In total, 2,273 of the 38 million people that attended football matches in The Football League, Premier League, Football Conference, domestic cup competitions, European competitions and international football last season were arrested, a fall of 7% on last season.
And arrests at football matches are down by 46% since 2000. Last year there was just 1 arrest for every 16,800 fans attending matches.
“The Football League and our clubs work closely with the police and local authorities to ensure that our grounds are safe places for people to watch and enjoy football,” a Football League spokesperson said.
“Every season clubs spend more than £10m on security arrangements to keep supporters safe and a further £6m on police services where they are required, although more than half of Football League matches are now police free.”